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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Early Bird Random Drawing Prizes Set

Once again the world's largest golf tournament is shelling out major prizes vc300-combo_jpg_egdetailfor participants well before a ball is teed off. Entrants that sign up for this great event within the first 14 days are automatically eligible for random drawings worth over $10,000 from brand name manufacturers.

"We want to reward the loyal players that know they're coming to the event and give them a great reason to sign up early." said Tournament Director Jeff Monday. "Some people have been waiting since they left Myrtle Beach to get the party started again. Fortunately for them, this is just the beginning of what is sure to be another exciting year as we roll out a bunch of new additions to the event atmosphere.  As always, we'll continue to do more giveaways throughout the year as we rev up for the event in late August." ClubGlove Lost Bag

The list of prizes up for grabs include:

  • Twenty (20) - Custom ClubGlove LAST BAG™ Travel Bags
  • Twenty (20) - Voice Caddie VC300SE™ GPS Devices
  • Twenty (20) - Custom Oakley 5-Speed Backpacks
  • Four (4) - 3-Dozen Nike RZN Tour Platinum golf balls

Be sure to like us on Facebook as we dish out even more prizes on a regular basis! Entry opens on March 29th and the early entry fee is only $525 through May 18th. To learn more about what is included in your entry for the 2017 World Am, click here.

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.

Tropical Storm Hermine Forces Cancellation of Flight Winner’s Playoff

World Am TrophyHeavy rain from Tropical Storm Hermine forced the cancellation of the Flight Winner’s Playoff at the 33rd annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship on Friday.

Seventy-seven flight winners, including ties, had advanced to the championship playoff at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course. Tournament organizers altered plans in hopes of getting the round in, having players tee off in an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

“It’s disappointing that we were unable to complete the World Championship Playoff, but overall it was an outstanding week for the tournament,” said Jeff Monday, Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday’s tournament director. “We owed it to our flight winners to give it a go today, but Mother Nature had other ideas. We weren't able to identify a single World Champion, but there were a lot of winners at this year's tournament. We had more than 3,000 people from across the globe competing on Myrtle Beach’s best courses and the World’s Largest 19th Hole was at it’s absolute best.”

“The week was fantastic,” said Max Gregory, who won flight 32 and played in the canceled Flight Winners Playoff. “This morning I went out in the driving rain and parred No. 8. I feel like a winner. I feel like all the [tournament staff] did a great job doing the best they could to to get us out and give us that chance.”

The World Am instituted the Flight Winner’s Playoff in 1986 and this is the first time the round was unable to be completed.

Photo Gallery: Day 4 at the World Am

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Exhibitor Spotlight: ECCO, Club Crown and Golfdotz

The lines weren't reserved for the food and beverage lines at the MyrEccotle Beach World Am's World's Largest 19th Hole this year, there were queues and even the occasional traffic jam found in the 19th Hole's expo area this year. Thanks to the golf apparel, club and accessory companies and retailers that come to Myrtle Beach each year to show off their wares to the 3000+ golfers and their guests each year at the World's Largest 19th Hole Expo.

ECCO Shoes

ECCO claims to make the "World's Most Comfortable Golf Shoe", so The World's Largest 19th Hole is the perfect place to try on a pair. ECCO wants their customers to rely on ECCO to deliver the highest quality standards, a great fit and good-looking shoes at a sensible price. ECCO will always stand for affordable luxury. Many PGA Tour professionals wear ECCO Shoes and now you have the opportunity to experience ECCO.

ClubCrown

By popular demand, ClubCrown is back in Myrtle Beach so you can customize your driver. ClubCrown utilizes a revolutionary crown graphic technology to turn the look of your driver, fairway wood, or hybrid into your own custom design. The patented installation process uses high-tech 3M films, heat temperatures of up to 200 degrees, and Knifeless Tape Technology to ensure the highest quality application, all the while maintaining the security and form of your club. Choose from a multitude of designs like college logos, an American flag or even a smiley face. See all the designs at www.clubcrownbyvive.com.

Golfdotz

New to the World Am but popular with professional and amateur players across the globe that choose Golfdotz to add style to their ball of choice. From beginners to tour winners, the love is spreading fast! And no, they don't alter the trajectory of the ball. They add your "personal signature" to your golf ball and are made right here in the USA. Choose from a duck, a lucky shamrock or even a paw print. The colors and designs are unique on these little peel-off decal stickers. They are R&A and USGA conforming and new designs are being released all the time. Visit www.golfdotz.

World Am is a Family Affair for the Swopes’

World Am JaredFor first time, World Am participant, Jared Swopes, it's not only about the golf, it was time for a getaway with the family and the golf is turning out to be a bonus. The Lubbock, Tex. resident had planned on playing in his first World Am last year, but when it didn't materialize, he made sure 2016 would be the year.

"I listen to (Brian) Katrek and (John) Maginnes on (Sirius XM) PGA Tour Radio and they were broadcasting from here, and I had to look into it and now I'm here, and it's awesome," stated Swopes who made the trip from Texas with his wife Megan and his young son, Jameson.

While the World Am is a "Buddy Trip" for many, for Swopes, it's turned into a family vacation. The Swopes have visited the beaches and have been enjoying meeting fellow competitors in the World Am. Swopes says he's lucky that he has the opportunity to play golf on a regular basis and this week he is in Flight 5.

The first day was a little rough as he shot a 91, but the Golf Gods turned a bit kinder on Tuesday as he shot an 83 and was able to calm his nerves a little.

Megan and Jameson on the other hand have been visiting some of the hot spots in town.

Swopes plays out of the Lakeridge Country Club in Lubbock when he isn't running his automatic door company (think revolving doors at hotels and airports). Swopes says his family looks to plan a beach vacation each year that give him the opportunity to play golf. In recent years, they have visited spots in the Caribbean and Mexico, but they say Myrtle Beach ranks right up there when it comes to golf and things to do.

"I thought I was serious about the tournament, until the first day and I saw there players," admitted Swopes. "There are some good players here and I'm just happy I can experience it for myself."

Swopes said he would recommend the "World Am Experience" to his friends back home and he can foresee one of two of those families venturing to Myrtle Beach in the coming years.

"Most of the guys I play with are younger than me and they would love this. They may not know about it now, but they will when I get back."

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