We’ll Give Away 100 Oakley Backpacks on Tuesday at the 19th Hole!

As the world's largest golf tournament, we have almost 400 players that finish the week in the top 5 of their flights. They will each receive a trophy and gift card for their great week on the course, and one will be crowned the 2017 "World Amateur Champion" golfer. In addition, we'll dish out over 600 on-course contest prizes for feats such as closest to the pin, longest drive and daily low net. However, you don't have to have your "A" game throughout the week to leave Myrtle Beach with a great prize.

In addition to over 70 random drawing winners back in April and the more than $20,000 worth of prizes we will give away on Thursday night at the 19th Hole, we will make 100 more winners on Tuesday night as well. Two flights will be randomly selected and each player in those flights will receive a custom World Am logoed Oakley backpack. These stylish, practical backpacks are great for travel or work.

Stay tuned to learn more about the large item random drawing prizes to be given away, along with more details about the World's Largest 19th Hole in the coming weeks.

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The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort – Built for Championships

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Players from around the globe will converge on Myrtle Beach, SC this August to compete in the 34th Annual World Amateur Handicap Championship. They will play 72 holes of stroke play with dreams of making it to the Flight Winner’s Playoff, and this year that dream will be fulfilled for 64 flight winners at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club.

“The Dye Club seems like it was built for championships,” tournament director Jeff Monday said. “The golf course is among the best in America, and it’s a big-event facility. The service and golf course are top-notch, and it truly is a first class experience for our flight winners the entire day.”

The Dye Club is the annual host of the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am, and has a private clubhouse and a layout that will challenge the best players at this year’s World Am. Designed by the legendary Pete Dye, the course is complete with the octogenarian architect’s trademark features: ample mounding, a surplus of sand, and, of course, railroad ties. The layout’s visuals are stunning. The sixth, ninth, 10th, 15th and 18th holes all standout amidst an impressive lineup.

More than 3,000 players from across the globe are expected to participate in this year’s event, which will be played August 28 – September 1. Players will be flighted based on age, gender, and the game’s most rigorously enforced handicap system. More than 50 of Myrtle Beach’s finest golf courses will host the 72-hole event.

At the conclusion of play each day, participants will gather at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to enjoy the festivities at the World’s Largest 19th Hole. The 19th Hole will provide players with free food, open bar, live entertainment, a golf expo, Demo Alley and much more.

 

Flight Winners Playoff

Roy Brown is Ready to Return to the Myrtle Beach World Amateur!

Roy Brown is Ready to Return to Myrtle Beach World Am

The 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is beginning to appear on the horizon, and of the 2,500 people already registered, few are looking forward to the event as much as Roy Brown. ​The Billings, Mont., resident is returning to the World Am after a two-year absence due to family responsibilities, and he can't wait to resume enjoying the tournament experience.

Host Golf Courses for the 2017 Myrtle Beach World Amateur

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World Tour Golf Links

Fun. Camaraderie. Memories. Competition. But love for the game of golf is what this event is REALLY about. The courses are the canvas for each round we play, and Myrtle Beach has one of the best collection of courses in the world.

The course lineup for the 2017 tournament is complete, and the list is full of award-winning tracks. You have heard all about the quantity of golf courses in the Myrtle Beach area, and you may have experienced many of them. But the quality of these courses is even better, with 11 of them that have been ranked among America’s top 100 public courses by either Golf Magazine and Golf Digest in recent years. The top 100 courses hosting the event are:

Barefoot Fazio and Barefoot Love, Caledonia Golf and Fish Club, Grande Dunes Resort Course, Heritage Club, Myrtle Beach National King's North, Rivers Edge, Tidewater Golf Club, Tiger’s Eye, TPC Myrtle Beach and True Blue Plantation.

“The courses our participants get to play is second to none,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “The unique course offerings along the coast really give players a different look from day to day. You can play a tree-lined Rees Jones course one day, the next you're on a Pete Dye designed beauty with rolling mounds and the next you're playing a links course with open fairways and huge greens. The golf really is the best part of the event.”

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Tidewater

Tidewater Golf Club

The 34th annual World Am will be played August 28 through September 1, and the early entry registration fee of $525 runs through May 18.

A 72-hole, net stroke play event, the World Am is expected to attract more than 3,000 players from all 50 states and more than 30 countries. Golf’s most respected and rigorously enforced handicap system levels the playing field, giving all players a chance to win. Players are flighted based on gender, age and handicap. After four rounds of competition, all flight winners and ties will advance to the World Championship Playoff.

The fun of the World Am doesn’t end with the final putt. Each night participants and a guest gather at the World’s Largest 19th Hole, which encompasses 120,000 square feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, for free food and drinks, live entertainment and an expansive golf expo.

 

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Just for Fun – A New Way to Enjoy the World Am!

The World Am has been the premier tournament for everyday golfers for more than three decades. The excitement of the competition lures you in and the thrill of competing for the title of "World Champion" is something you can't get anywhere else. So for those that love competing on the course, or testing their game against players from around the globe; the World Am fulfills that desire.

Let's be honest, though...Not everyone is overly concerned with how they finish. There are more important things to consider, such as:

  • Travel arrangements (play with friends or your spouse)
  • Pace of play (it helps when there aren't 90 people grinding over 2 footers or hitting 5 off the tee)
  • Your sanity (you don't have to be the one hitting 5 off the tee and grinding over 2 footers!)
  • Rules Police (the game is hard enough without having to determine your options from a yellow vs. red hazard)

funThe fact is, the World Am can be sooooo much fun, even without the competition. That is why we have started the JUST FOR FUN flight! You will play four rounds on different Myrtle Beach Golf Courses, get access to the World's Largest 19th Hole for four evenings (open bar, free food, live music, games, celebrity guests, random drawing prizes and so much more), get a player gift bag, compete for on-course prizes and be automatically eligible for our "random drawing flight prizes". All of this without having to worry about handicaps, rules or scores.

If you have never played in the World Am, or you haven't in a while...here is a breakdown of the best reasons YOU should play in JUST FOR FUN:

Buddies Trip

The Grand Strand boasts nearly 100 courses, and we will use more than 50 of them in the World Am. That means you and your friends could be going in opposite directions every day if you are in flights based on your gender, age and handicap (the procedure for the competitive flights). That has long been a reason that people haven't built their buddy trips to Myrtle Beach around this spectacular event.

Now you can get your friends in the SUV and hop on down, because we have the best buddies trip experience waiting for you!

Spouse Trip

See above. Don't worry, you don't have to be paired together if you don't want to be. But wouldn't it be great to drive to the same course each day.

funGet Off the Island

It is lonely by yourself on an island for four days. 72 holes of stroke play, where every shot counts can be mentally draining. Not to mention you have to play by USGA rules the whole time. That means no gimmes, no playing OB as a lateral hazard, no "rolling your ball" in the fairway and no picking up on the hole when you've just had enough. If you accidentally sign for an incorrect scorecard, you could be disqualified...not in Just for Fun though! You can do whatever you want (within the realm of human decency) and you don't have to worry about being DQ'd!

The point is, it can be very intimidating for the average golfer to compete in a massive event like this. But that shouldn't keep you from having the time of your life, hanging out with other golf fanatics in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Tee Box Freedom!

What tees will I play from in the JUST FOR FUN flight? Wherever you want! Just as you should whenever you play golf, you can play from wherever your heart desires. The game of golf is meant to be enjoyable, don't interfere with that by playing from the incorrect tee box.

No Handicaps

Whether you don't like dealing with the process of paying for or maintaining a USGA Handicap Index, or you don't like the system and the way competitions are run with handicaps...you'll love this part. Handicaps don't matter in the JUST FOR FUN flight. No worrying about your own handicap or potential sandbaggers.

There are countless reasons why the World Am is a great way to enjoy a golf trip to Myrtle Beach. The best part about it is that you can now experience all of those without the intimidation, logistical issues and mental grind of actual tournament. Keep your sanity and JUST HAVE FUN!!

 

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Celebrity Guests Announced for 2017!

CHARLIE RYMER

Television personality Charlie Rymer’s star in the golf media business has continued to ascend in recent years, and through his rise, Rymer has a remained a friend of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

One of Golf Channel’s most prominent personalities, Rymer will be appearing at the World’s Largest 19th Hole on Monday and Tuesday nights of tournament week.

A former host of the Golf Channel shows Big Break and Road Trip: Myrtle Beach, Rymer, who joined Golf Channel in 2008, now serves as a co-host of Morning Drive.

Rymer also contributes to the network’s coverage of the Drive, Chip and Putt Championships and Golf Central’s coverage of the NCAA Golf Championships. He has grown to develop a likeable reputation for his quick wit and “down home” humor on air. In 2015, Rymer was elected into the PGA of America as a certified PGA professional. He was elected to the Georgia Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in 2000 and the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in January of last year.

Rymer will emcee the 19th Hole activities, chat it up with other guests, tell his stories from behind the scenes on the PGA Tour, and take questions from the crowd.

DAMON HACK

Damon Hack became a Golf Channel host in 2012 and has predominantly served as a co-host for Morning Drive. He also is a contributing writer for GolfChannel.com. Damon has become a favorite on the network with his robust personality and extensive golf knowledge.

Hack previously worked for Sports Illustrated and The New York Times, where he covered golf and the NFL.

Damon will be the emcee of the 19th Hole on Wednesday and Thursday nights. He will conduct interviews on stage, cover live contests and tell his own stories of a life covering the games we all love.

CHANTEL MCCABE

Chantel began working as a live reporter for the Golf Channel in 2016. She has covered the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, NCAA golf and more. Chantel covered the Patriots 2016 season and the 2016 presidential election in the first-in-the-nation state. She also served as the 5pm news anchor weekdays at NH1 News. You may have seen her on NESN or Fox Sports regional channels on 'Golf Destination.'

Chantel spent some time in Myrtle Beach this past February, co-hosting Morning Drive with Charlie Rymer, live from the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship. Her professional presence and interview skills will work masterfully amidst the crowds of the 19th Hole. Chantel will be on the main stage, roaming the floor conducting player interviews and more on Wednesday and Thursday nights at the 19th Hole.

 

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Three New Divisions for the World Am!

One of the greatest aspects of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur is the size of the field. It has allowed the event to be so unique in its ability to divide the field by gender, age and handicap to place competitors in tightly grouped flights. As the years go by, we realize though that changes should still be made to accommodate every single golfer that wants to enjoy the revelry and camaraderie of the World Am.

Senior Gross Division

2014 highlights (4)A few years ago, a Gross Division was introduced for the first time to allow low handicap amateurs a chance to experience the incredible week of festivities, and compete in a world class golf tournament without having to worry about strokes. That has been well received and we have had multiple requests for a senior version as well. So this year we are introducing the Senior Gross Division for Men 50 and over that wish to compete without handicaps. This is pure stroke play tournament golf, and participants can expect to tee it up between 6400 - 6900 yards on different Myrtle Beach courses each day. "We're hopeful that we can attract better golfers from around the world to introduce them to this great event," stated Tournament Director Jeff Monday. "This is truly an all inclusive tournament, but we have significantly missed on attracting low handicap golfers over the years, because of their hesitancy to play in net events."

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Just for Fun!

The World Am is fun! That is a fact. There is nothing else like it on planet Earth. But lets be honest, some people do not want to worry about keeping a handicap. Some find the thought of "grinding it out" and following the asinine rules of golf for 72 holes repulsive. Some would like the ability to travel to the same course with a spouse or friend, play from whatever tee box they want and not worry about their score. That is why we introduced the Just for Fun flight. This will give people the option to bypass the competition and get straight to the enjoyment on the golf course. Can't get out of the trap? Who cares! Pick up and move on. Want to tee it up from the red tee? highlights (36)smSounds good to us! "There are so many aspects of the World Am that people want to enjoy, from the gift bag and the 19th Hole, to spending the week in Myrtle Beach with friends and loved ones," said Scott Tomasello, Tournament Coordinator for the World Am. "We want to offer that to people in a non-competitive environment. Sometimes the fear of the big number or not knowing the rules keeps people from playing in the event. We want to make sure there is a platform for those people to experience the World Am as well."

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Seasoned Seniors

highlights (104)smNewsflash! We're all getting older. Some of our more Seasoned Seniors have been requesting an "80 and older" flight for years. Well, we're finally at the point where we will try to make it happen. So tell all your friends that are over the golden age and bring them back to the World Am. They don't have to play with the "young guys" any more. "This is a testament to how dedicated World Am players are to the game of golf," said Tomasello. "To have more than 50 guys over the age of 80 that are so excited to compete over four days in an event like this is truly special."

All competitors over the age of 80 at the start of the tournament will be placed in the Seasoned Senior division. As always, any competitor can request to play down to a younger age division.

More exciting news is coming soon. Stay tuned!

2017 World Am Entry Opens on March 29th!

We are excited to announce that on the morning of Wednesday, March 29th, entry will open for the 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur. Our staff is working hard to put together the best tournament yet. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for many details regarding the upcoming World Am.

The most integral part of the tournament will again be the thousands of golf fanatics that participate in the event. And if you sign up early, you can start winning right away. We will be giving away over $10,000 in random drawing prizes, and you must sign up in the first 14 days to be eligible to win.

The early entry fee for the World Am will once again be $525. That low fee includes 4 rounds of golf on different Myrtle Beach area courses, four nights of the World's Largest 19th Hole for you and a guest, an awesome tournament gift bag, prizes and much, much more!

Maximize your value by signing up early, beginning on March 29th.

Gambling and the Game of Golf

Most of us are not great at golf. I wouldn't necessarily classify myself as good. Therefore, I am not able to go out and compete on a high level. However, I enjoy friendly competition and rivalry, so we tend to seek ways to make the game of golf more interesting...enter gambling.

 

Gambling 'I said we were going to play a game of skins, not shirts and skins!'The handicap indexes of those in the office that play golf are wide ranging. Ryan is a 3.1, Scott is a 9.5, I am a 17.7 and Chris is a 20.3. So when we go out to play, the last thing we do before teeing off is to calculate course handicaps and determine how many strokes each of us are getting. We generally select teams and play a two-person best ball for lunch. Another option is to play Wolf with the last place person owing the winner a lunch or each person throwing in $5 with the winner taking the pot. Most of the time, Ryan and I will have an individual side bet for lunch regardless of the other wagers. Although we're not playing for much, the side games make the day a lot more interesting and seemingly more important. It is a great reason to stay focused throughout the round, even on days where nothing seems to be going right.

 

Most people are familiar with the "5 dollar nassau" and "Wolf". However the most common form of golf gambling is the "skins game." Skins games create a pool of cash from entrants and split the pot amongst those that get a better score than the other entrants on a particular hole. Skins games are so common, in fact, that the USGA had to specifically state that winnings from them will not interfere with a golfer's amateur status under Rule 3-1. As long as the skins game is optional (not part of a mandatory entry fee), your winnings do not count against amateur status as prize money for a first place finish would.

 

MickelsonGambling on golf isn't just for the hacks like me though. Stories of PGA TOUR pros and their Tuesday gambling matches are things of lore. Phil Mickelson is the most prominent practice round gambler, but a vast majority of the world's best players are using side bets to "spice up" their preparation days. Side note - you should Google "Phil Mickelson Tuesday gambling" and read some of the stories...they're hilarious. One of my favorites is the time he beat Nick Watney in a British Open practice round for $1000 and when Watney pulled the grand out of his pocket after the 18th Hole, Mickelson gave him his money back and said, "this is Britain...I need pounds." The conversion rate put the loss for Watney closer to $1,700 for the day.

 

I also find that golf is one of the best sports to make small wagers on off the course (court, field, etc.). In the office, we will find ourselves in a disagreement about where the cut will be, whether Hudson Swafford will make a birdie before Seamus Power, or other nonsensical topics surrounding the game. What better way to make the day interesting than to pass a dollar back and forth 3 or 4 times with silly bets. We do serpentine drafts with eight players each for all of the majors and DraftKings has a great feature for Leagues that allows us to have a weekly contest in the office without paying them the rake.

 

The point is, gambling and golf have a long history with one another. Probably because most people aren't great (or even good) at golf, and it is a way for everyone to win something occasionally. The key when gambling is to keep it within reason and make it another fun part of the game we all love responsibly.

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Slow Play: The Death of Golf.

As a tournament organizer and recreational golfer, pace of play is always a hot topic. For as many years as I can remember, the number one answer to why a player would not return to the World Am has been "Pace of Play". Most people just cannot tolerate multiple rounds of golf that take 5 hours or more to complete. I am one of those people. However, slow play is not a World Am problem. It is a golf problem, and I'm convinced it is getting worse as the years go on.

Let's explore the reasons that attribute to slow play:

WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET

I believe it starts at the top, with the PGA TOUR. What people watch on TV or in person at a TOUR event, gives a false blueprint as to how golfers should go through a round. Tediously measuring distance to the pin and examining putts from 4 angles are important for professional golfers in order to get the absolute most out of every stroke, which could mean the difference between making or missing the cut or winning or losing the tournament.

However, for me, the difference between 107 and 112 to the flag is negligible and borderline irrelevant. I should be aiming for the middle of every green and hoping I don't skull it into the green side bunker. Scrutinizing the break of a green from below the hole and inspecting which way the grain is growing are great if you're Jason Day, but I'm just trying not to have 5 feet coming back when I miss the putt. And don't get me started on the marking of putts. I get it...there is a "through line" that you might step on if you putt out. Lets leave that to the people playing for millions of dollars. If you putt it once and you're near the hole, just keep putting until it is IN the hole!

COURSE DESIGN AND SETUP

This is not meant to be a blanket statement, but I believe it applies to enough courses that it is relevant for all. Superintendents and set up staff do a poor job of setting the course up for amateur play. Its great to say you have greens that are rolling 12 on the Stimpmeter, if you have people that can putt playing the course. If you compound your green speeds with tricky hole locations, you're simply asking groups to spend 5-10 minutes on the green.

I also contend that the grass in the rough should be kept at a height less than the diameter of a golf ball. This is not for the ability to hit the ball out of the rough, but instead the ability to find a ball that is hit into the rough. I shouldn't need a search and rescue team to help locate a ball that missed the fairway by 3 yards.

Golf shouldn't be easy, but it is hard enough without lightning fast greens and super thick rough. Pace can only improve if balls are easier to locate and advance and greens are easier to putt on.

NARCISSISM, ENTITLEMENT AND IGNORANCE

This will be the touchy portion of my commentary. Just keep in mind that if you don't know anyone that I'm describing, but you always complain about slow play...you are one of these people.

 The narcissistic golfer is the one that always thinks they're on the verge of the best round of their life. Even if they start with 4 bogeys and a quad, it was just that one bad kick on #2 that caused the collapse and if they can just make birdie on #6 they will have a chance to make a charge on the back side. Look, we should all always want to make the best possible score on every hole we play; that is the spirit of the game of golf. But there is no need to be testing the wind with grass blades, spending more than 30 seconds to line up a putt or (please, for the love of everything decent) looking for an obviously lost ball instead of throwing another one down and moving on with the day.

The entitled golfer is the one that just doesn't care how slow they are. They paid to play and 'by golly', they're going to play however they want. This is unfortunately a popular sentiment these days. That because someone pays a greens fee, they can play at their desired, leisurely, slo(oooooooo)w pace. I don't have anything else to add. This is just a sad truth.

slow-playThe ignorant golfer is the one that is slow, but doesn't know it. They feel like they're going through their round at a good pace, but are really the one that everybody is waiting on...constantly. Whether it is being slow to the tee box, looking too long for balls, not being ready to hit in the fairway, always needing to go back to get another club, reading a putt for too long, etc., this golfer is just a little slower than everyone else and has absolutely no clue.

 

STROKE PLAY FORMAT WITH NO MAX SCORE

This is a World Am problem. Tournament golf is always slower than a recreational round. A stroke play golf tournament with no maximum hole score is a major issue for pace of play. If one or two people have "blow up" holes, it could set the stage for a prolonged round for the entire course. In all of our smaller events, we institute a maximum stroke rule to encourage players to pick up the ball and move on. However, in an event like the World Am, players are left to fend for themselves until the ball is holed. My advice on this is to play the safest shots once in trouble to avoid a major blow up. My personal take on it is that I would pick up my ball and DQ myself before hitting a 12th shot on any hole. At least then I can play care free the rest of the week!

The fact is, that slow play is a sport-side epidemic caused by many factors. The best way to combat the issue and make rounds faster is for every golfer to play faster. You don't have to rush, just be ready to hit when it is your turn and limit the extracurricular actions surrounding the game to what is absolutely necessary to hit the shot. To reiterate, we should always attempt to make the best score on every hole...we should just take less time to do it!

 

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