Assist World Am With Hurricane Relief Efforts

Hurricane Relief with the Red Cross for families of needIn the days leading up to this year's World Am, Hurricane Harvey delivered a devastating blow to parts of Southeast Texas, including the Houston area, home to nearly 50 World Am participants. In an effort to aid the area's recovery, we sent more than 600 pounds of clothing, including 700+ golf shirts to the area, and the tournament pledged $1,000 to hurricane relief efforts.

Unfortunately, Hurricane Irma has since delivered a crippling blow to Florida and Hurricane Maria did catastrophic damage to Puerto Rico. If you have the financial means to assist and are moved to do so, the World Am has set up a relief fund through the Red Cross to help families in need.  [DONATE TODAY]

Virginian Curtis Henley Wins 34th Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship

2017 World Am winner Curtis Henley of Poquoson, Va. (left) accepts the championship trophy from World Am Tournament Director Scott Tomasello.

2017 World Am winner Curtis Henley of Poquoson, Va. (left) accepts the championship trophy from World Am Tournament Director Scott Tomasello.

Curtis Henley of Poquoson, Va. shot a gross 82, good for a net 66, to win the World Championship Playoff at the 34th Annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship Friday at Barefoot Resort's Dye Club.

Henley edged James Dupont of Meadville, Pa. and Charlotte’s Jim Acord, who each shot net 67s. Hilton Head’s Wes Long fired a sizzling 68 to win the Gross Division and finish five rounds with a cumulative, gross score of 1-under par.

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Making his first appearance in the event, Carl Myers of Dallas, Texas won the Senior Gross Division in a sudden death playoff against Kim Mansfield of High Point, N.C. Myers won on the first sudden death playoff hole with a par.

Virginians Ted Hartung and Thomas “Duke” Wagner won the International Pairs competition and, along with it, a trip to St. Andrews, Scotland to represent the United States in the IP World Championship in 2018.

A 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, the World Am was played on more than 50 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses.

Players from 49 states and 20 countries competed in the event, which was open to all men and women 18 years of age and older, and players were flighted based on age, gender and handicap.

Each flight played a different course every day and after four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties advanced to the World Championship Playoff at the Dye Club. The playoff was an 18-hole shootout to crown the event’s winner.

While the competition is initially what lures players to the tournament, it’s only part of what keeps them coming back. At the heart of the World Am’s appeal is the camaraderie among its participants, and much of that kinship is fostered at "The World’s Largest 19th Hole."

Each night of the event, the 19th Hole overtook all 120,000 square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, providing participants with free food and drinks, live entertainment, celebrity guest appearances, a golf expo and more.

Among the big names that appeared at the 19th Hole this year were Golf Channel personalities Charlie Rymer, Damon Hack and Chantel McCabe, billiards legend Ewa Laurance and Paige Spiranac, one of the game’s fastest-rising personalities.

Players also received a gift bag that included a logoed hat, shirt, PGA Tour Superstore gift card, Nexbelt, and an assortment of other goodies.

For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

World Championship Playoff – Mid-Round Photo Gallery

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Follow the World Championship Playoff Action Live!

The 2017 World Championship Playoff is underway at Barefoot Resort's Dye Club! To follow all the action, check out our LIVE LEADERBOARD and enjoy a quick photo gallery that will give you a taste of the atmosphere.

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Help Support Hurricane Harvey Victims

The World Am attracts players from across the globe and one of our most loyal contingents is from Southeast Texas, the area hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey.

We have nearly 50 players in the tournament from the hurricane ravaged Houston area, and we would like to help aid Texas' recovery efforts by raising money for the families hardest hit.

We have set a goal of raising $5,000 through the American Red Cross, and the tournament has jump-started the effort with a $1,000 donation. Our hearts ache for the millions of people whose lives have been upended by Harvey and as a coastal destination, we understand the impact hurricanes have long after the nation's attention drifts elsewhere.

If you have the means to make a donation and would like to help, please DONATE TODAY.

World’s Largest 19th Hole Photo Gallery

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Exhibitor’s Spotlight: Myrtle Beach Recovery Room, Bender Golf, Adaptive Golfers, Together Resorts

By: Rick Limpert

Have you stopped by the Exhibitor’s Expo this week at the World Am? If you have, you know it's busy. Still, each and everyone showing off their goods and services this week wants you to co come by and say, "hello." This section of "The World's largest 19th Hole" is where new golf products debut and where many of our favorite legacy golf items can be had at great prices.
World Am exhibitors come from all over the country to get feedback from the more than 3000 golfers playing this week, and offer up their goods at prices that can't be beat.
Here are four booths to check out:

Myrtle Beach Recovery Room
www.myrtlebeachrecoveryroom.com

Whether you had a long night out on the town or a long day on the course, the Myrtle Beach Recovery Room can help. A new exhibitor this year, they put your health and well-being first as the only IV drip bar in this area to specialize in IV vitamin therapy treatment for better health, wellness and beauty – from the inside out. Intravenous (IV) therapy is a method of delivering 100% of the vitamins, amino acids and minerals directly into your blood stream so your body feels better, faster. The experienced staff can answer your questions and be of help.

Bender Golf - Color Golf Gear
www.bendergloves.com
Bender Golf was created out of a simple idea of wanting more options for our golf gear. They were tired of seeing the same white gloves and loved the thought of wearing gloves that could match shirts, hats, or pants. They figured they weren't the only golfers who might feel this way, and so Bender Gloves was born! It's an idea that was aimed at golfers who were looking for gloves with some uniqueness and a bit of attitude! There simply wasn't anything that resembled "fun" when it came to golf gloves, so they created a color golf glove line. Since Bender Gloves first launched, it has grown from a local craze to a global company. Golfers from all over the world now golf in style with our gloves. Stop by and check out all the colors and designs.

Adaptive Golfers
www.adaptivegolfers.org

Bringing the game to players of all ability levels. That is what Adaptive Golfers does with experienced instructors, manufacturers, and organizations, working day in and day out to help people discover the wonders and therapeutic values of golf. Find out how their services can help you get on the path to getting out to play. Stop by and ask how you might be able to help.

Together Resorts
www.togetherresorts.com

Because "together" really is better. And “together” is all they do. Small private resorts bring family, friends, teams, golfers and corporate groups together in a way that is simply not possible at traditional resorts or beach houses. Whether it’s three generations preparing meals together in huge professional kitchens or old friends in town to play the local courses, their private resorts will bring family or corporate group together in one private location to create memories that last a lifetime. Individual private resorts sleep from 8 to 48 guests and locations with multiple units sleep up to 128 guests with large heated pools, in ground spas, and much more! Their first private resort opened in June of 2015 and immediately became the first choice for reunions, sports teams, and golfers. All of the properties are new and designed from the ground up to provide your group with an unprecedented experience at the beach. Coming soon is their "Ultimate Golf House" property.

Photo Gallery – Round 3 at the World Am

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Exhibitor Spotlight: High Heat, Zero Friction, Snell Golf and Tee Bagz

By Rick Limpert

Exhibitor's Spotlight: High Heat, Zero Friction, Snell Golf and Tee Bagz

World Am exhibitors come from all over the country to get feedback from the more than 3,000 golfers playing this week, and to offer up their goods at prices that can't be beat.

Here are four more products to check out:

High Heat and Zero Friction at ING Booth

www.inggolf.com

Stop by the ING booth and check out High Heat and Zero Friction gloves. Dean Knuth, nicknamed the Pope of Slope for inventing the United States Golf Association’s Course Rating and Slope Systems, designed High Heat drivers, fairway woods and hybrids specifically for amateur golfers because they have different swing speeds and performance needs than Tour pros. They are forgiving, long and straight. Give them a try.

A new product, the Zero Friction DistancePro glove is the ultimate in accuracy and convenience — powered by Bluetooth®, the device sits comfortably on the glove flap and weighs less than half an ounce. As you approach your shot, the read-out gives front, center and back distance to the green — with over 35,000 golf courses programmed worldwide. This glove GPS is accurate. Zero Friction strives to create technologically advanced products to enhance your performance.

ING is a non-profit, and has been networking the golf industry since 1990.

Snell Golf

www.snellgolf.com

Snell Golf has one solitary mission: to bring tour caliber equipment to the amateur golfer at an affordable price. The company’s experience in R&D along with its strategic manufacturing partnershisp and direct to consumer distribution model allows them to do just that. Led by Dean Snell, who has more than 28 years in golf ball research and development, 40 U.S. granted patents, and a successful background in plastics engineering, Snell Golf is rising power in the golf ball market. Stop by and say hi and talk about golf balls.

www.teebagzinc.com

Tee Bagz are a genius way to organize and store your golf tees. Little pocket bags that can be made of high grade vinyl and are sun and fade resistant. A logo can be added to make it a great tee gift or promotional product. Made right here in the USA. Stop by and check out all the designs and styles.

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