Paige Spiranac Joins Celebrity Guest List

One of golf’s fastest rising personalities, who is also an aspiring LPGA professional, will be appearing at this year’s Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

Paige Spiranac, a social media star who has been featured by nearly every major golf media outlet, in addition to working with brands like Callaway and Topgolf, will appear at the World’s Largest 19th Hole on Tuesday and Wednesday nights of the tournament.

Spiranac will share the story of her rise from anonymous collegiate golfer to celebrity – an ascension powered by the discovery of her Instagram account – from the 19th Hole mainstage, and she will be in a selfie station both nights posing for pictures with players.

The San Diego State alum, who is working to earn her LPGA Tour card, has made the growing the game and combating bullying – online and off – a priority as she continues to work toward her dream of playing golf for a living.

Spiranac took up the game late, relatively speaking. She was training as an elite gymnast with a goal of making the Olympics before a broken knee cap derailed those dreams at the age of 12. Her departure from gymnastics led to golf, where she quickly rose up the junior ranks, earning a spot on the San Diego State golf team.

She went on to become a team captain a SDSU and earned multiple All-Mountain West Conference honors.

Spiranac will join Charlie Rymer, Damon Hack and Chanel McCabe from the Golf Channel among the celebrities at the 34th annual World Am. Billiards legend Ewa Mataya Laurance will also be on hand, and the Katrek & Maginnes On Tap radio show, which airs nationally on PGA Tour Radio on Sirius/XM will be originating live from the World’s Largest 19th Hole again this year.

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The NEW World Am App Now Available

The 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is rolling out a new app that will, among other event-enhancing features, allow players to participate in live scoring in all tournament rounds.

The app, which is available for download via iTunes (download) and the Google Play store (download), is already populated with the nightly 19th Hole menus, a list of gift bags items and videos, among other information, making it the best way to follow the tournament.

The most exciting new feature will be the live scoring component, letting players enter their hole-by-hole scores throughout each round. Live scoring will allow family members and friends to track the play of their favorite World Am player throughout the 72-hole event. The more people who engage with the live scoring, the better it will work.

Among the other features offered on the app are:

Tournament News – The tournament website will be updated multiple times each day during the event with photo galleries, feature stories and more throughout the week, and that news will be fed directly into the app.

Event Schedule: From registration to tee times to the hours of operation for the World’s Largest 19th Hole, the event schedule lets you know everything that is happening and when.

Golf Courses: When players receive course assignments, they will want to immediately head to the golf course tab and start researching the layouts they will be playing.

Accommodations: Any player that hasn’t reserved a room can quickly scan our list of preferred accommodations providers and pick the property that works best for them.

Restaurants: Get a full list of the eateries that will be serving food at the 19th Hole AND a look at the nightly menus!

Prizes: Find out what a top 5 finish in your flight will win you and what this year’s daily flight contest awards will be.

Gift Bag: Take a look at everything you will receive in the typically outstanding gift bag before you arrive.

19th Hole: The World’s Largest 19th Hole is the heartbeat of the event and everything you will want to know about the tournament’s nightly party is here. From celebrity guests and videos to vendors, nightly entertainment and the variety of drinks being served – it’s all there.

Social: We want you to share your World Am experience with the world and include our social channels in the fun. Find out how to connect to the World Am online.

FAQ: You have a question, the app has an answer.

Past Results: Players can view their past results and compare their performance over the years.

As comprehensive as the app already is, there will be more added. As soon as course assignments are completed, they will be added, as will a tab for live scoring.

If you are playing in the World Am, the app is a resource you need to have. If you are curious about the event or just want to follow along, you can experience the tournament vicariously through the app.

Mod Golf Podcast with Tournament Director Jeff Monday

The Myrtle Beach World Amateur is the largest amateur golf tournament on the globe. Going into the 34th year, the World Am annually hosts players from the 50 United States and over 30 countries. 3,100 players teed it up in the 2016 tournament, and participation is expected to grow yet again. The event boasts 72 holes of net, stroke play on over 60 championship golf courses. Players are placed in flights based on gender, age and handicap to keep the competition fun, fair and equitable.

This YouTube video gives you a taste of what The Myrtle Beach World Amateur is all about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shcYgqn_PfE

In this episode we learn;

• The rich three decade history of the The Myrtle Beach World Amateur "World Am" as the largest single site golf tournament in the world. http://myrtlebeachworldamateur.com/
• How Tournament Director Jeff Monday and his team continually innovate and evolve the event to offer new experiences and connect with younger golfers.
• How the tournament combines music, food and hospitality to create their massive "19th Hole" golf party each and every night at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. http://myrtlebeachworldamateur.com/what-is-the-19th-hole/

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.

Don't forget to LIKE us on FACEBOOK, as we're giving away prizes there on a weekly basis NOW!

The Dye Club at Barefoot Resort – Built for Championships

2015 Champion - Tae Kim

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.

7 World AM Golf Courses In South Carolina’s Top 15 Courses, Per Golfweek

Golfweek recently released its annual list of the best courses you can play in each state. Myrtle Beach, once again, dominated the ranking of South Carolina’s leading public courses.

Nine of the Palmetto State’s 15 best golf courses are located along the Grand Strand, 7 of which can be played in the 2017 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship.

Those 7 courses in the list published by Golfweek include Caledonia Golf & Fish Club (#5 in state), True Blue Golf Club (#6), Moorland at Legends Resort (#9), Tidewater Golf Club (#10), TPC Myrtle Beach (#12), King’s North at Myrtle Beach National (#13) and Heritage Club (#14).

The rankings reflect the depth and quality of World AM’s golf course offerings. It's also further affirmation of Myrtle Beach's reputation as the game’s most popular destination.

Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, which is also a national Top 100 course, is lowcountry masterpiece. The course plays through stunning live oak trees draped in Spanish moss. This course is a delight from the time you enter the property until you are enjoying a post-round refreshment on the clubhouse deck overlooking the beautiful 18th hole.

Everything is big at True Blue Golf Club – the fairways, greens and most of all the fun. True Blue is ranked among America’s best public courses by Golf Magazine and Golf Channel’s Matt Ginella.

The Moorland at Legends Resort is a P.B. Dye design that was once ranked among America’s 50 hardest courses by Golf Digest. The layout features the unforgettable 16th hole, a short par 4 called Hell’s Half-Acre.

Tidewater Golf Club is arguably the Grand Strand’s most scenic layout. The 3rd and 12th holes are a pair of par 3s situated along a beautiful stretch of Cherry Grove. The 13th hole, a stunning par 5, provides distant views of the Atlantic Ocean.

TPC Myrtle Beach, which has hosted a Senior Tour Championship along with the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship, is one of the area’s premier layouts. It more than lives up to the lofty expectations associated with the TPC name.

King’s North, an Arnold Palmer design, is a Myrtle Beach institution, highlighted by the par 5 sixth hole, known to everyone as The Gambler. The alternate, island fairway is just one of the many reasons to play one of The King’s finest designs.

Heritage Club is another lowcountry favorite. The Dan Maples creation plays amongst live oak trees on land that was once home to a thriving rice plantation. But what the course is most known for are its large undulating greens.

While the courses Golfweek’s raters honored are worthy of praise, they are hardly alone. The World AM utilizes over 50 golf courses and layouts like Grande Dunes, the Love and Fazio Courses and several others could’ve easily made Golfweek's best courses list.

HOLE-IN-ONE TROPHIES.COM JOINS AS PRIZE PARTNER

Hole-In-One Trophies.com, a division of Eureka Golf Products, Inc., is partnering with the Myrtle Beach World Amateur as their official hole-in-one prize provider.

The 34th Annual 'World Am', which will be played August 28 - Sept 1 on 50+ of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses, is expected to attract more than 3,100 players from all 50 states and 25 foreign countries.

“Hole-In-One Trophies.com is an ideal partner for the World Am,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “They are the largest of their kind, recognizing this major accomplishment that many folks achieve at our tournament. With over 12,000 rounds of golf played in just one week, we look forward to having a partner that will reward and acknowledge those lucky participants.”

As part of the partnership, all players making a hole in one during competition will receive a custom Hole-In-One display from their multitude of product offerings.  Additionally, these achievements will be registered with the National Hole-In-One Registry, which is also a division of Eureka Golf Products, Inc.

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.”

SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF HOST COURSES HERE

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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