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Myrtle Beach International Airport Now Features 45 Non-Stop Destinations

This might be the year it makes sense for you to fly to the World Am.

Myrtle Beach International, which opened a new terminal in 2013, is South Carolina’s premier airport, featuring the state’s lowest fares and nonstop flights from 45 destinations, most in the Palmetto State.

Already in 2018, two new airlines – Elite and Frontier – have announced they will begin offering nonstop service to Myrtle Beach, and the result of the increased service is greater competition, which will benefit you.

(Did we mention MYR just swept the International Routes Award as America’s top airport, advancing to the International Competition?)

Given that it has never been easier to get here and flights to Myrtle Beach are the cheapest in the state, you are wondering where the service comes from, right?

Wait no longer. Here are the 45 destinations that enjoy nonstop service to Myrtle Beach and the airlines that provide it.

Akron/Canton, OH - Spirit
Albany, NY – Elite Airways
Allentown, PA – Allegiant Air
Atlanta, GA – Delta
Atlantic City, NJ – Spirit
Baltimore, MD - Spirit
Belleville, IL – Allegiant Air
Boston, MA – Delta
Boston, MA – Spirit
Charleston, WV - Spirit
Charlotte, NC – American Airlines
Chicago, IL – O’Hare – American Airlines
Chicago, IL – O’Hare – Spirit
Chicago, IL - United
Clarksburg, WV – Allegiant Air
Cleveland, OH – Allegiant Air
Cleveland, OH - Spirit
Cincinnati, OH – Allegiant Air
Columbus, OH – Allegiant Air
Columbus, OH - Spirit
Dallas/Fort Worth - Spirit
Dayton, OH – Allegiant Air
Denver, CO – Frontier
Detroit, MI – Delta
Detroit – Spirit
Fort Lauderdale, FL - Spirit
Fort Wayne IN – Allegiant Air
Harrisburg, PA – Allegiant Air

Hartford, CT - Spirit
Huntington/Ashland, WV – Allegiant Air
Indianapolis, IN – Allegiant Air
Latrobe, PA - Spirit
Lexington, KY – Allegiant Air
Long Island, NY – Frontier
Minneapolis, MN – Spirit
Minneapolis, MN – Sun Country
Niagara Falls, NY - Spirit
New York – La Guardia – American Airlines
New York – La Guardia – Delta
New York – La Guardia - Spirit
Newark, NJ – Spirit
Newark, NJ - United
Newport News, Va. - Elite Airways
Philadelphia, PA – American Airlines
Philadelphia, PA – Spirit
Pittsburgh, PA – Allegiant Air
Pittsburgh, PA - Spirit
Plattsburgh, NY – Spirit
Portsmouth, NH – Allegiant Air
Stewart/Newburgh, NY – Allegiant Air
Syracuse, NY – Allegiant Air
Toronto, Canada – Porter
Toronto, Canada – West Jet
Trenton, NJ - Frontier
Washington, DC (Reagan) – American Airlines
White Plains, NY - Elite Airways


Hopefully you’ve saved the dates for this year’s World Am (Aug. 27-31), now go checkout those flights! Learn more about each at

Robert LeComte: Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Famer

Marilyn LeComte

Robert LeComte's family were among the many guests in attendance at yesterday evening's Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at Pine Lakes Country Club. One of two inductees this year.

In 2013, LeComte received a new World Am lifetime achievement award named in his honor. It was his achievements over the decades prior that led to this evening.

Robert J. LeComte was born in Brooklyn, NY, moved to Wilmington, DE in 1955, and enjoyed a productive 37-year career in marketing at E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Upon retiring from DuPont, LeComte brought his expertise and business acumen to Myrtle Beach, where he joined Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

Over the course of his career, LeComte created the two most significant title sponsorships in the destination’s history. He brought in DuPont as a sponsor to the World Amateur Handicap Championship, leading to one of the longest title-sponsor relationships in all of sports.

With LeComte as the driving force, the World Amateur became an iconic event in the world of golf, attracting players from around the globe. In addition to leading the World Am, he also assumed additional responsibilities in promoting his favorite golf destination.

LeComte’s tenacity led to securing Energizer as a title sponsor for the Senior Tour Championship, bringing a high-profile, professional golf event to Myrtle Beach. The Senior Tour Championship provided international exposure as well as a national live television audience, showcasing the Golf Capital of the World.

LeComte’s dedication and professionalism will forever have an impact on the community he cherished and the game he loved.

About the Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame

The Myrtle Beach Golf Hall of Fame, created in 2008 to recognize those who made historic accomplishments and lasting impressions on the Myrtle Beach golf industry. A committee annually selects new members based on nominations. Visit to learn more.


Secrets of a Vanity Handicapper

Raise your hand if you played high school and/or collegiate golf. Keep it raised if you are still limber, aren't paying three college tuitions and still knock that little white ball around 30+ times a year. I thought so.

scotty-t-high-schoolHere lies the origins of the vanity handicapper, aka the reverse bagger. The beginnings of a vanity handicapper come from one of two places. It's possible you were really good back when you had all your hair. Or the latter is you just want to fit in with the weekly dog fight at your home club. Regardless it's going to cost you in the long run.. but by all means, let those guys keep taking your money.

I was a scratch player in high school. Admittedly in my naivety I assumed that meant I shot around par a lot. Alas, I was a vanity player in those days as well I just didn't know it yet. Junior golfers only keep handicaps for the exact opposite reasons as adults. They want to be seen by recruiters. Unfortunately a self kept handicap means nothing until you prove it. That same rule still applies.

Not since high school have I played in a meaningful competitive event and is the reason I have yet to change my ways. And why should I? I feel better about myself when I 'shoot 78' than 82. Don't you feel the same way if you scored that new big screen TV for 60% off even though they just marked up the original price?

How can you spot a vanity handicapper? Listen for the key phrases:

  • "So what if I raked in three putts longer than I am tall?"
  • "I don't want to break my wrist because of this root.. free drop".
  • "This foursome in front of us is slowing us down, let's skip ahead and take pars"
  • "I'm only allowed to take a double bogey anyway, I'll pick up"

gimme-puttThat last one really hits home. It's perpetuating the vanity nature. The USGA system only allows low handicappers to take a double. A rule set up against the bagger. So even if you desire to change your ways you might not even be able to!

In short, it doesn't bother me that on paper I'm a 7 but in reality it's a 10+. To me keeping an index in the single digits is no different than lying about your weight on your driver's license. It's a projection of what you strive to be. If I think I am a good player, I will be a good player. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.



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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.


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.

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World Championship Playoff – Mid-Round Photo Gallery


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.


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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