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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.

Exhibitor Spotlight: Double Bogey Golf Towel, SuperSpeed Golf and EZ Mag Cart Cover

By Rick Limpert, Special to MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.comSuper Speed

The Myrtle Beach World Amateur and the World's Largest 19th is proud to have some of the top golf apparel, club and accessory manufacturers and retailers in 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. The World's Largest 19th Hole is known as the world's largest golf tournament party, but it's also part expo and trade show. It covers a large section of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center giving World Am golfers and other attendees a chance to see the latest golf products and all that Myrtle Beach has to offer.

SuperSpeed Golf
Improve your golf game with the SuperSpeed Golf training system. SuperSpeed Golf offers different training clubs that will help golfer's increase their swing speed. Overspeed is when a golfer moves their body at higher-than-normal speeds. SuperSpeed gives an Overspeed workout that requires golfers to swing as much as 8-13 percent faster than they are capable of swinging with their standard driver. SuperSpeed training protocols activate  muscular motor units in synchronized patterns and recruit new motor units within the same muscle. Give SuperSpeed a try on the 19th Hole expo floor or see them online at www.superspeedgolf.com.

The Double Bogey Golf Towel
Trust me, you don't want to hear the words, "Double Bogey" on a golf course unless you are talking about The Double Bogey Golf Towel. Available for $4.95 at the World's Largest 19th Hole, the Double Bogey is a double-sided and scratch-free scrubbing and rubbing towel on the front and an absorbent cloth of drying on the back. It can remove grass, mud and sand from your irons, wedges and balls. It's machine washable and dryable and it clips right onto your golf bag. It also works for cleaning all the debris off your shoes. The best bargain at the World's Largest 19th Hole.

EZ Mag Golf Cart Covers
If you are among the growing number of golfers and Americans that own a golf cart, you need to consider an EZ Mag Golf Cart Cover. See the demo on the expo floor, but all you need to know  \is that the EZ Mag Cart Cover has has a strip of powerful magnets replacing the traditional zippers on both the driver and passenger doors making this cover the premium golf cart cover on the market!It is designed to fit most popular two passenger golf carts like EZ Go, Club Car and Yamaha. It's easy to install and comes with large storage bag for safe keeping. Visit www.ezmaggolfcartcovers.com.

School Colors on Display at World Am

By Rick Limpert.com for WorldAmGolf.com

The crimson and white, orange and purple, the red and black.

Everywhere you look at the 2014 World Am, you see colors.

School colors that is, as in the colors and logos of one's favorite college or university on their golf bags, shirts and even a school's mascot on your headcovers.

World Am School colors"It shows our school pride," said one of the golfers on Tuesday at the Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort. "Isn't football season right around the corner?"

Just a quick look around the golf carts at two of the courses hosting play in the 2014 World Am on Tuesday showed golf bags from Clemson, University of South Carolina, University of Alabama and the University of Maryland. Golfers were wearing the logos of the University of Georgia, Ole Miss, and Florida State on their shirts and hats. Headcovers featuring "Bucky Badger" from the University of Wisconsin, a University of Florida Gator and a Tar Heel from North Carolina were also spotted durign Tuesday's action.

If you are looking to maybe even outfit your clubs in the colors of your school, you should stop by the ClubCrown booth at the 19th Hole. ClubCrown will put a semi-permanent film on your driver, wood, or hybrid in just 10 minutes. The designs and college logs they have are pretty cool.

The college licensing universe is a $4.6 billion industry. Golf makes up a decent part of that.

Big Break Myrtle Beach Debuts This October

big break myrtle beach - Season # 22Golf Channel has selected Myrtle Beach as the next host of its most popular series – Big Break.

The 12-episode series will begin airing weekly on Tuesday, October 7 at 9 p.m. The upcoming season’s cast will include six men and six women, all aspiring professional golfers hoping the show will provide a life-changing opportunity.

The event winner will receive an exemption into a PGA or LPGA event and cash and prizes.

Four area golf courses will host the event and players in this year’s World Am will get an early look at the designs that will challenge contestants on Big Break Myrtle Beach. All four host layouts – the Dye, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot and Pawleys Plantation – will be hosting the World Am this year as well.

The show’s cast is expected to be unveiled in August (hmmm … just thinking about the possibilities at the World Largest 19th Hole!).

Among the prior Big Break participants who have graduated to the game’s major tours are PGA Tour winners Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey and Matt Every and Solheim Cuppers Kristy McPherson, a Conway native, Ryann O’Toole and Gerina Piller.

The hosts of Big Break Myrtle Beach will be Tom Abbott, a mainstay on the show, and LPGA Tour pro Paige Mackenzie, who is also a co-host on Golf Channel’s Morning Drive.

Golf Channel’s Big Break show concept pits highly skilled golfers against each other in a variety of challenges that test their physical skills and mental toughness.  During Big Break Myrtle Beach, the competitors – who will be announced in August – will be subject to skills challenges from tee-to-green, including the popular “Glass Break” and “Flop Wall.”  One contestant will be eliminated each week, with the last player standing awarded his or her Big Break, an opportunity to compete on the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour in 2015.

Checkout South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley making the announcement on Golf Channel!

 

Win McMurry to Attend the 2014 Myrtle Beach World Amateur

Our first celebrity commitment to participate in the festivities at the World’s Largest 19th Hole is one of golf’s most accomplished young personalities – Win McMurry.

McMurry has worked for Golf Channel, PGA Tour Entertainment and CBS Sports, and she will be appearing on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the 19th Hole.

She will join a list of big names, including David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee and Charlie Rymer, who have participated in 19th Hole festivities in recent years.

McMurry was named Golf's No. 1 Beauty by Golf Magazine and has won two Telley Awards for her work as a producer, writer, host of groundbreaking online content for the PGA Tour. She has served as a contributor on the Grey Goose 19th Hole, hosted the travel-based web exclusive, Gone with the Win, anchored news updates for the network, as well as co-hosted the Morning Drive.

McMurry joined Golf Channel from PGA Tour Entertainment, where she served as producer, writer, and host of PGA Tour Today, Monday Backspin and Morning Movers on PGATour.com as well as feature reporter/interviewer during LIVE@ remotes for the PGA Tour.

Previously, McMurry worked for CBS Sports in New York City, traveling North America as a production assistant for the network's extensive coverage of the NFL, College Basketball, and the PGA Tour.

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Golf in Art Exhibit is Ideal Pre-19th Hole Activity

palmerAfter finishing your round at the World Am, those with an appreciation for art and the game’s rich history will want to checkout the Fore! Images of Golf in Art exhibit at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.

Fore! Images of Golf in Art was organized with the assistance of Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, FL, the United States Golf Association, private collectors and regional museums. The exhibition features more than 40 works of art celebrating the game of golf by nationally known artists like Will Barnet, Ray Ellis and Leroy Neiman as well as others known primarily in the golfing world.

Works in watercolor, oil and sculpture depict many of the all-time greats of the sport: Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Tiger Woods, Bobby Jones and the legendary Babe Didrikson.

Other images feature some of the most well known courses in the game, including Augusta, Ballybunion, Cypress Point, Merion, Royal St. George and Pebble Beach. Rounding out the exhibit are several pieces on loan from The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, the second-oldest course in the area, which opened in 1948.

Fore! Images of Golf in Art, which runs through September 15, is the perfect adjunct to a golf vacation, or perhaps the perfect alternative activity for a family looking for a few hours away from the beach.

Located at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, the Art Museum’s hours for the exhibit are from 10 a.m – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 1 – 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission to the Art Museum is always free, but donations are welcome.

About the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum
The Franklin G. Burroughs‐Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum of Myrtle Beach, SC, is dedicated to being one of the finest visual arts museums in the Carolinas. In 2012, the Art Museum celebrated its 15th anniversary of offering great art and great experiences to residents and visitors alike.
Located just a stone’s throw from the Atlantic Ocean, within the popular resort city of Myrtle Beach, the Museum offers a changing display of regional, national and world-class art. Despite the high caliber of its exhibitions, the Art Museum has had a full‐time free‐admission policy for a decade, attracting visitors from all 50 states and from several foreign countries. - See more at: http://myrtlebeachgolf.golfholiday.com/blog/myrtle-beach-golf-news/golf-in-art-exhibit-in-myrtle-beach-is-an-ace#sthash.dQg55wF2.dpuf

Big Break Winner Mark Silvers to Appear at 19th Hole

silversThe newest addition to the entertainment lineup at the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship will be a familiar one to fans of the hit Golf Channel show Big Break.

On Wednesday night, Big Break Greenbrier winner Mark Silvers will be a special guest at the World’s Largest 19th Hole. Silvers will appear onstage, providing a behind the scenes account of life on the show and talking about trying to secure a PGA Tour card.

A native of Savannah, Ga., Silvers won Big Break in 2012 and has played six events on the Web.com Tour this year. The University of South Carolina graduate competed in the 2010 U.S. Open and won 15 times in 2011 on various mini-tours, including the NGA Pro Tour.

He has played in two PGA Tour events in 2013, missing the cut at the Greenbrier Classic and the Sanderson Farm Championship.

Silvers battled back from a significant deficit to win the Big Break in dramatic fashion, earning fans along the way. After dedicating his time on the show to his father, who passed away just prior to filming, Silvers rallied by going 5-under on the final five holes to defeat James Lepp 1-up to win the crown.

His triumph was the most-watched and highest-rated finale of any Golf Channel original series in 2012, attracting 309,000 total viewers.
The 30th annual World Am, a 72-hole net stroke play event with more than 3,300 participants from 46 states and 27 countries,  will be played August 26-30 on more than 60 Myrtle Beach golf courses.

Silvers joins a host of big names that will be appearing at the World’s Largest 19th Hole, including Golf Magazine columnist Brandel Chamblee, Golf Channel star Charlie Rymer and comedian Henry Cho.

The 19th Hole consumes 120,000-square-feet of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and will feature 60 golf exhibitors, Demo Alley, games, live music and free food and drink.

World Am Captures South Carolina's Most Prestigious Tourism Award

Nikki Haley Governor's Cup World Am

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley presented Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday President Bill Golden and World Am Tournament Director Jeff Monday with the coveted Governor's Cup.

Myrtle Beach’s premier golf tournament has been awarded South Carolina’s most prestigious tourism award.

South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley presented the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship with the Governor’s Cup, the Palmetto State’s most coveted award on Wednesday, January 30.

“Winning the Governor’s Cup is a tremendous honor,” said Jeff Monday, the World Am’s tournament director. “Tourism is vital to South Carolina and there are so many great events and attractions. Winning the Governor’s Cup is a powerful testimony to the enduring strength of the World Am.”

The World Am, which annually attracts more the 3,000 golfers to Myrtle Beach to compete in the 72-hole, net stroke play event, is the nation’s largest single-site golf tournament.

The 30th annual World Am will be played August 26-30, 2013 and the event is expected to be better than ever.

“The Governor’s Cup is the beginning of what is going to be a great 2013,” Monday said. “More than 60 of the best Myrtle Beach golf courses will again host the tournament, and the World’s Largest 19th Hole will be a party no one wants to miss. We are going to double the number of exhibitors, have our best celebrity lineup ever, and will again offer free food and drink to participants.”

Players from across the globe – 49 states and 25 countries were represented in 2012 – descend on Myrtle Beach to compete for the right to be crowned World Champion.

Participants are flighted based on their age, gender and handicap and each of the tournament’s 60+ flights play a different Myrtle Beach golf course each day. Pairings are reset based on score, providing players the opportunity to experience the competitive grind PGA Tour pros enjoy on a weekly basis.

Golf is only half the fun of the World Am. The World’s Largest19th Hole is the tournament’s heartbeat. Held in the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, the 19th Hole is a nightly party that includes free food and drinks, live entertainment, a golf expo and appearances by some of the biggest names in the game.

It’s a place where old friendships are renewed and new ones are launched as players enjoy the revelry and watch for their flight scores to scroll across the jumbotron.

Golf funnyman David Feherty, famed instructor and researcher Dave Pelz and Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer are among the big names that have appeared on the 19th Hole main stage in recent years.

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