2021 By the Numbers: A Player’s Challenge

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Golf is hard enough as is, but throw in the tournament atmosphere at the World Am and you have yourself quite the experience. In an event where every shot counts, The World Am is a place where golfers of any skill level can come and compete in a true tournament golf atmosphere.

When looking back on the data from the 2021 Myrtle Beach World Am, it did not take the tournament staff long to notice the difficulty of competitive tournament golf. Flight 61 came in as the flight that ran the most difficult course rotation of Myrtle Beach National – King’s North, Wachesaw East, Crown Park and Legends – Heathland, according to the data. This flight averaged a net differential of 12.85 (Net Differential is a player’s Net Score minus the Course Rating). Flight 57 followed closely behind them with an average net differential of 12.60 while playing Prestwick, Founders Club, Meadowlands and Burning Ridge.

2021 Hardest Course Rotations

FLIGHTRD 1 COURSERD 2 COURSERD 3 COURSERD 4 COURSEAVG. NET DIFF
61MBN Kings NorthWachesaw EastCrown ParkLegends Heathland12.85
57PrestwickFounders ClubMeadowlandsBurning Ridge12.60
59Founders ClubRiver HillsMBN Kings NorthTigers Eye12.54
47Panthers RunTraditionRivers OaksThistle12.51
68Barefoot NormanLockwood FollyWachesaw EastLong Bay11.86

The two “most difficult rounds” at 2021’s World Am were surprisingly both at the same golf course, Barefoot – Norman. The most difficult round came on day two with an average net differential of 16.04, while the second hardest came on day one with an average of 15.99. Another course that provided the field with some tough rounds of golf was River Hills, which held the third and fourth toughest single rounds of the tournament with average net differentials of 15.48 and 15.18 (rounds one and two).

2021 Most Difficult Rounds

FLIGHTCOURSEROUNDNET DIFF
64Barefoot Norman216.04
68Barefoot Norman115.99
54River Hills115.48
59River Hills215.17
61Crown Park313.99

Barefoot – Norman was deemed most challenging course of 2021. 

Some golfers are able to settle into any environment and manage to play some of their best golf. Although a tournament is often a tough place for this to happen, we had a handful of course rotations that appeared to be pretty scorable for most of the field each day. Flight 31 led the way for all the flights with by far the easiest rotation, as its average net differential was 6.31. These golfers played International Club, Barefoot – Dye, Willbrook Plantation and the Hackler Course at CCU. Flight 63 was not far behind them with a 6.63 average net differential while playing River Oaks, Barefoot – Norman, Farmstead and Wachesaw East.

2021 Easiest Rotations

FLIGHTRD 1 COURSERD 2 COURSERD 3 COURSERD 4 COURSEAVG. NET DIFF
31International ClubBarefoot DyeWillbrook PlantationHackler Course6.31
63River OaksBarefoot NormanFarmsteadWachesaw East6.63
25HeritageTigers EyePine LakesArrowhead6.80
2Shaftesbury GlenCaledoniaMBN South CreekLions Paw6.91
3Legends MoorlandCarolina NationalHeritageCrown Park7.02

Everyone has experienced the feeling when you step onto the course in the morning and everything goes right during your round at some point in their golfing careers. It appears that day happened for a few people in flight 55 during round four of the tournament at Shaftesbury Glen this year, as they had the single easiest round in relation to average net differential with 3.59. Players in flight 33 also experienced a similar feeling during round 1 at the Hackler Course at CCU, as they hosted the second easiest single round with an average net differential of 3.96.

2021 Easiest Rounds

FLIGHTCOURSEROUNDNET DIFF
55Shaftesbury Glen43.59
33Hackler Course13.96
40Sandpiper Bay43.97
31Hackler Course44.08
30Hackler Course44.32

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