Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Thu, 08 Jun 2023 17:16:09 +0800 en-US hourly 1 Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship 32 32 GolfBuddy is back for 2023 and you could be a winner! Mon, 15 May 2023 19:46:40 +0000

Registrations for the 2023 Myrtle Beach World Am are rolling in and we are drawing closer and closer to the best week in amateur golf!

The World Am annually gives away thousands in prizes to participants: whether it is the over $25,000 worth of random drawing prizes dished out or the hundreds of belts to daily prize contest winners, the World Am loves giving away tasty prizes all year long. It truly is our favorite thing to do! Click here to see some of the prizes given away this year so far.

In 2023 the World Am is excited to announce that 50 lucky World Am participants will be chosen to receive a brand new GolfBuddy GB LASER Lite Rangefinder! Participants will be randomly selected and each player is set to receive this incredible rangefinder from GolfBuddy.

Valued at $199.99, the GolfBuddy GB LASER Lite Rangefinder is packed with all of the latest and greatest features for a distance measuring device. With 3 different targeting modes, a slope adjusted distances, and 6x magnification, the GB LASER Lite has it all.

Stay tuned with giveaways, updates, news and more throughout the spring and summer as we draw closer to the 2023 Myrtle Beach World Amateur.

Kingston Resorts Thu, 11 May 2023 17:57:24 +0000

Special Pricing for Tournament Participants:

  • Lowest Daily Rate: $119
  • Highest Daily Rate: $189
  • To book call: 1-800-876-0010
  • Rates Start: August 25, 2023
  • Rates End: September 3, 2023
  • Room Types:
    Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort & Royale Palms-
    Oceanview King/Queen Rooms @ $119
    Oceanview 2-Bedroom Condos @ $189

    Embassy Suites and Kingston Condos & Villas-
    Oceanview 1-Bedroom Suites @ $139
    Oceanview Double Guestroom @ $119
    Oceanview 2-Bedroom Condo @ $164
    Resort View 1-Bedroom Lodge @ $129
    Resort View 2-Bedroom Lodge @ $169
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OnCore Named Official Golf Ball of World Amateur Championship Wed, 10 May 2023 13:00:05 +0000

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The World Amateur Handicap
Championship has partnered with OnCore Golf Technology to be the official golf ball of the 40th
annual event, which will be played August 28 – September 1 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

A 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, the World Am is again expected to attract more than3,200 golfers from across the globe and they will all have the opportunity to enjoy OnCore golfballs. OnCore will be the only ball used at the World’s Largest 19th Hole and hundreds of dozens of balls will be given away as tournament prizes.

With the return of “Demo Alley” to the World’s Largest 19th Hole, players will be able to hit
OnCore’s VERO X1 while testing the game’s newest clubs.
“OnCore golf balls are among the best in the game and we look forward to introducing them to
players from all 50 states and more than 20 countries,” said Scott Tomasello, the World Am’s
tournament director. “This is going to be a special year as we celebrate the 40th playing of the
World Am, and OnCore will be a significant part of the experience.”

Entry into the tournament, which includes at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the
World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, is $699. The World Am will be played on more than 50
Myrtle Beach area golf courses and players will be flighted based on age, gender and handicap.
The tournament is open to all golfers 17 years of age and older with a verifiable USGA

The World Am flights players into 11 divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-
senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women (59 and under),
senior women (60+), the gross division, senior (50+) gross division, mid-senior (60+) gross
division and women’s gross division. There is also a “Just For Fun” flight, created for players
who want to enjoy the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.

After four days of tournament play, all flight winners and ties advance to the World
Championship Playoff, an 18-hole shootout that crowns 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 overtakes 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 have appeared at the
19th Hole in recent years are David Feherty, Brandel Chamblee, Charlie Rymer and John Daly.
Players also receive a gift bag that includes a polo, pullover, golf towel, logo’d hat, PGA Tour
Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies valued cumulatively at $250.
For more information, please visit

About OnCore Golf Technology:
One of the most disruptive golf technology companies of the past decade, OnCore Golf
Technology delivers breakthrough products that help improve the on-course performance of
golfers worldwide. Anchored by proprietary perimeter-weighting and high moment of inertia
technology, its AVANT 55, ELIXR, and VERO X1 balls have captivated communities of golfers
from beginners to elite players. OnCore Golf is also pioneering the leading artificial intelligence-
based golf instruction app – Golf Boost AI ( – as well as introducing
innovative designs for futuristic golf entertainment centers. The company’s management team
includes executives who’ve led several of the highest-profile global golf brands in R&D,
operations, manufacturing and marketing roles.

2023 Random Drawing Winners of TRUE Linkswear Shoes Announced Fri, 21 Apr 2023 12:54:21 +0000

The 40th Anniversary of the greatest tournament on the planet is back with more prizes as the second incentive period of this year has come to an end. This time, 100 lucky winners who registered anytime between the opening day of registration and the end of day April 20th were selected to win a pair of TRUE Linkswear “All Day Knit II” shoes.

All winners will be notified via email by a World Am staff member on how they can claim their prize and provide us with correct sizing.

See a full list of all the winners below, as well an announcement video featuring TRUE Linkswear’s own Casey Cook!

AnthonyAaronMyrtle BeachSC
GregoryBakerFairfield BayAR
WallyBanduraVero BeachFL
CliffordBeverlyNorth PortFL
DarrenBrancaccioJersey CityNJ
DaveBryantCranberry TownshipPA
StephanieBusseyThe VillagesFL
AlanCaswellWillow SpringNC
AndyCorneliusGreen BayWI
JimDunlapMyrtle BeachSC
DoyleFranklinPort CharlotteFL
DonnaFrenchThe VillagesFL
RobertGodseyMyrtle BeachSC
JeffreyGoodmanLittle RiverSC
TroyGrabowCape CoralFL
RobGraceyMyrtle BeachSC
JasonGrecoSouth GlastonburyCT
KimGreinerSaint PetersburgFL
MikeHobbsMt PleasantSC
MarkJonesGravois MillsMO
DanielKolberDelray BeachFL
JosephLallierPort RicheyFL
DavidLassenDeerfield BeachFL
Mary JaneLoefflerSt. LouisMO
EdMaloneCosta MesaCA
JeffMartinMyrtle BeachSC
CraigMcelroyNorth Myrtle BeachSC
DennyMcgarryEast FreedomPA
DonMerrittOrmond BeachFL
PhilipMiccicheSagamore BeachMA
DonMortonGarden ValleyID
KeithOlsonPalm HarborFL
WaynePoandlMyrtle BeachSC
ButchReedThe VillagesFL
AlvaroRodriguez EchandiSan Jose Costa RicaNA
DeleneSedilloLeague CityTX
GlenTrematoreVirginia BeachVA
KarlWackerRound RockTX
JohnWelshCommercial PointOH
StevenWindhamMyrtle BeachSC
GeorgeYocumLas VegasNV

Need to fly? Nearly 50 Nonstop Airline Routes from all over the US! Wed, 05 Apr 2023 13:26:53 +0000

We know how overwhelming planning your travel can be, so we are here to help! Given so many players fly into Myrtle Beach, SC for the World Am every year, it is great to have such a large and accessible airport. The Myrtle Beach International Airport, located right near the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, features nearly 50 nonstop routes from all over the U.S.

Take a look below at information regarding all flights, both to and from, Myrtle Beach, SC!

Allegiant Airlines – With low-low fares, nonstop, all-jet service and premier travel partners, Allegiant provides a complete travel experience with great value and without all the hassle.

Delta Airlines – Delta Airlines is one of the largest carriers proudly offering service to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Please call 1-800-221-1212, or see

Frontier Airlines  – Committed to “Low Fares Done Right.” The airline currently serves more than 80 cities in the U.S., Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Call 801-401-9000 or visit

Porter Airlines – How’s this for a change? The next time you fly into Toronto, you can actually fly into Toronto. Porter Airlines flies out of Toronto City Centre Airport (TCCA), just minutes from downtown. See for schedules and details.

Southwest Airlines – Starting in 2021 Southwest Airlines has begun direct air service to Myrtle Beach! Check out for schedules and details.

Spirit Airlines – Get exclusive Red Light Specials online, or join the $9 FARE CLUB at, or call (800) 772-7117. Now with NON-STOP service from CHICAGO O’HARE, ATLANTA, PITTSBURGH, NEWARK and more!

Sun Country Airlines – In an industry that’s seen its share of changes, Sun Country Airlines has adapted through the years, opening new routes across the U.S., and taking more vacationers to the tropical beaches of Mexico, Costa Rica, the Caribbean, and now Myrtle Beach! Visit or call (800) 359-6786 to check on available deals today!

United Airlines – 1-800-United-1 (1-800-864-8331) Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our full-service Reservations Sales agents will assist you with all your travel planning needs.

Nonstop Flight Air Markets : Myrtle Beach

AirlineAirportMarketStart / Resume
AllegiantCAKAkron-Canton, OH, USJune 1, 2023
AllegiantALBAlbany, NY, USFebruary 17, 2023
AllegiantABEAllentown, PA, USYear-Round
DeltaATLAtlanta, GA, USYear-Round
SpiritACY*Atlantic City, NJ, USFebruary 8, 2023
SouthwestBWIBaltimore, MD, USYear-Round
SpiritBWIBaltimore, MD, USJune 7, 2023
AllegiantBLVBelleville, IL, USJune 1, 2023
DeltaBOSBoston, MA, USResuming
SpiritBOS*Boston, MA, USFebruary 8, 2023
SpiritCRWCharleston, WV, USJune 8, 2023
AmericanCLTCharlotte-Douglas, NC, USYear-Round
SouthwestMDWChicago Midway, IL, USYear-Round
UnitedORDChicago, IL, USApril 15, 2023
AmericanORDChicago-O’Hare, IL, USJune 3, 2023
SpiritORDChicago-O’Hare, IL, USApril 12, 2023
AllegiantCVGCincinnati, OH/Covington, KY, USFebruary 16, 2023
AllegiantCKBClarksburg, WV, USJune 1, 2023
SpiritCLECleveland, OH, USApril 13, 2023
AllegiantLCKColumbus, OH, USApril 7, 2023
SouthwestCMHColumbus, OH, USJune 4, 2023
SouthwestDALDallas Love Field, TX, USApril 15, 2023
AmericanDFWDallas/Fort Worth, TX, USFebruary 3, 2023
FrontierDENDenver, COApril 20, 2023
SouthwestDENDenver, CO, USJune 10, 2023
DeltaDTWDetroit, MI, USYear-Round
SpiritDTWDetroit, MI, USYear-Round
SpiritFLL*Fort Lauderdale, FL, USFebruary 9, 2023
AllegiantFWAFort Wayne, IN, USMay 26, 2023
AllegiantHGRHagerstown, MD, USMay 26, 2023
AllegiantMDTHarrisburg, PA, USApril 6, 2023
SpiritBDLHartford, CT, USFebruary 9, 2023
AllegiantHTSHuntington/Ashland , WV, USMay 26, 2023
AllegiantINDIndianapolis, IN, USMay 31, 2023
FrontierISPIslip, NY, USApril 21, 2023
SouthwestMCIKansas City, MO, USJune 10, 2023
SpiritLBELatrobe, PA, USJune 7, 2023
AllegiantLEXLexington, KY, USJune 1, 2023
AllegiantSDFLouisville, KY, USJune 10, 2023
SpiritMHTManchester, NH, USApril 13, 2023
DeltaMSPMinneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USApril 12, 2023
Sun CountryMSPMinneapolis/St. Paul, MN, USMarch 31, 2023
SouthwestBNANashville, TN, USYear-Round
AveloHVNNew Haven, CT, USYear-Round
DeltaLGANew York-La Guardia, NY, USYear-Round
SpiritLGANew York-La Guardia, NY, USYear-Round
SpiritEWRNewark, NJ, USYear-Round
UnitedEWRNewark, NJ, USYear-Round
AllegiantSWFNewburgh/Stewart, NY, USFebruary 16, 2023
SpiritMCOOrlando, FL, USYear-Round
AmericanPHLPhiladelphia, PA, USYear-Round
FrontierPHLPhiladelphia, PA, USMarch 18, 2023
SpiritPHLPhiladelphia, PA, USApril 12, 2023
AllegiantPITPittsburgh, PA, USApril 1, 2023
SouthwestPITPittsburgh, PA, USJune 4, 2023
SpiritPITPittsburgh, PA, USApril 20, 2023
SpiritROCRochester, NY, USMay 15, 2023
SouthwestSTLSt. Louis, MO, USJune 4, 2023
AllegiantSYRSyracuse, NY, USMay 31, 2023
UnitedIADWashington-Dulles, DC, USApril 1, 2023
AmericanDCAWashington-National, DC, USYear-Round

Marina Inn at Grande Dunes Thu, 30 Mar 2023 17:48:04 +0000

Special Pricing for Tournament Participants:

  • Lowest Daily Rate: $179
  • Highest Daily Rate: $309
  • To book call: 843-913-1333
  • Group Code: WDAM
  • Rates Start: August 25, 2023
  • Rates End: September 3, 2023
  • Room Types:
    Grande Guest Room- King
    Grande Guest Room- 2 Queens
    Two Bedroom Suite- 1 King 2 Queen
  • Comments: 13% tax& 15% resort fee
2023 Winners of Early Drawing Prizes Announced Fri, 24 Mar 2023 14:13:35 +0000

The 40th Anniversary of the greatest tournament on the planet for the everyday golfer is getting closer and closer! As always we truly look forward to putting on a great show and hosting over 3,000 golfers in the golf capital of the world! 

Did somebody say prizes? Well, we’ve got some early entry random drawing prizes to give out!

A big thank you to each of the 2,146 early entrants! We’re happy to announce the winners of each prize in the video below. All winners will also be contacted directly with more information via email!

List of Winners

PRIZEFirst NameLast NameCity State
Set of Taylormade MG3 WedgesMichaelBlockKingwoodTX
Set of Taylormade MG3 WedgesJimmyCottonMiltonFL
Complimentary Fast Pass for twoJamesHightowerAthensAL
Complimentary Fast Pass for twoClayDacquistoMidlothianVA
Complimentary Fast Pass for twoJoeHamacherSimpsonvilleSC
Complimentary Fast Pass for twoMarkJerkinsLakelandFL
Twosome to AberdeenRickSaboridoClermontFL
Twosome to AberdeenChrisTurnerGordonsvilleVA
Twosome to AberdeenThomasMackieAmesburyMA
Twosome to Burning RidgeBernardBOLSARScrantonPA
Twosome to Burning RidgeadamnapperElizabethtownKY
Twosome to Burning RidgeSteveCollinsProctorvilleOH
Twosome to Burning RidgeAustinBenderGoshenIN
Twosome to Long BayTimCordesMyrtle BeachSC
Twosome to Long BayMichaelDeshaisWarrenMI
Twosome to Long BayDonnaSonnenbergVandaliaOH
Twosome to Long BaySamLouderLubbockTX
Taylormade TP Collection PutterRayMackFort MeyersFL
Taylormade TP Collection PutterNathanielEdmondFort WorthTX
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsGregorySappBurlingtonNC
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsJosephDavisTrinityFL
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsJimmyHILLFriendswoodTX
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsMichaelDelaplainMyrtle BeachSC
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsRichardAbellRio VerdeAZ
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsJasonThompsonMooresvilleNC
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsBryanParsonClaytonNC
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallswilliamToddGuytonGA
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsJohnTANTILLOWilmingtonNC
Dozen Taylormade TP5 Golf BallsLindaHydeSpringfieldMO
Pair of REVO SunglassesRickLunaFort MyersFL
Pair of REVO SunglassesWalterGarrisonKnoxvilleTN
Pair of REVO SunglassesBillClarkeHamilton SquareNJ
Pair of REVO SunglassesWilliamSicklesLAMPASASTX
Pair of REVO SunglassesJimChambersKNOXVILLETN
Pair of REVO SunglassesJeffreyBIGGINSHatboroPA
Pair of REVO SunglassesBradleyRenshawMiltonFL
Pair of REVO SunglassesGaryNormandNiagara FallsNY
6-pack of World Am GlovesJohnLapinskiWeldon SpringMO
6-pack of World Am GlovesGeraldHousleyFlorenceMS
6-pack of World Am GlovesChristopherBenjaminHartsvilleSC
6-pack of World Am GlovesSteveGREERCENTREVILLEAL
6-pack of World Am GlovesJackSlagleGrove CityOH
Homegrown Hospitality $50 Gift CardMarthaWeaverElginSC
Homegrown Hospitality $50 Gift CardLindaLetourneauCharlotteNC
Homegrown Hospitality $50 Gift CardGaryVENNINGHAMILTONBERMUDA
Homegrown Hospitality $50 Gift CardRichFryerEast StroudsburgPA
Homegrown Hospitality $50 Gift CardDebMcNeillKilleenTX
Sea Captains Restaurant $50 Gift CardAnthonyJohnsonYorktownVA
Sea Captains Restaurant $50 Gift CardJohnnyLeslieOhatcheeAL
Sea Captains Restaurant $50 Gift CardDeanMontreuilKnoxvilleTN
Sea Captains Restaurant $50 Gift CardSandraNASSElkhornWI
Sea Captains Restaurant $50 Gift CardJamesCOKINOSMyrtle BeachSC
World Am Custom UmbrellaRandallDakeFoleyAL
World Am Custom UmbrellaMichaelCorleyFarr WestUT
World Am Custom UmbrellaBlasTalericoSan AntonioTX
World Am Custom UmbrellaLindaWoolnoughMalvernPA
Set of World Am Whiskey GlassesDaveKingWabashIN
Set of World Am Whiskey GlassesJoseGoncalvesNorth HavenCT
Set of World Am Whiskey GlassesCathyAyoobGlen BurnieMD
Set of World Am Whiskey GlassesCharlesGRAYSouth BerwickME
Set of World Am Whiskey GlassesCharlesFranksFayettevilleNC
Your First Timer Guide to Playing World Am: Part 2 Thu, 23 Mar 2023 21:03:39 +0000

You loved our first edition so much we thought we’d make another for you.

We mentioned previously you want to stay central to Myrtle Beach if you don’t already have a place in mind. That’s because you’ll likely play a course in each end of the beach. Specifically, we try to give you a perceived equal quality rotation of courses as fellow participants. We want Flight 4 to argue with Flight 65 who got the better set of courses. It should never be a clear favorite. See below a few examples of last year for reference.

Should I play a practice round? We’ll answer your question with a question. Are you someone who wants to get out and see as much as possible? Or are you here to compete? Our answer is yes you should play golf the weekend prior, but we don’t care where! Practice round rates which are exclusive to World Am players are good at any host course, not just the ones you are assigned.

A hard part for newbies can be the rules of golf. They’re meant to help you, not hurt you. When you know them, it helps you take relief to your advantage. Knowing the rules is like knowing traffic laws. Ignorance is not an excuse. We have expert rules officials who can answer questions you have (at the 19th Hole). However during the day they are not available real-time and we strongly recommend a quick study on the rules. Specifically, this rule, which helps cover nearly EVERY rule!

20.1c(3) Playing Two Balls When Uncertain What to Do. – (paraphrasing) – Announce your intent to play two balls. Then play out one ball under what may be the right way. Then play out another ball in what could be another (hopefully also right) way. After the round is over, talk to the committee and find out which was right. It’s important you must declare you are doing this before ANY strokes are taken. And even if the outcome was the same on both, you must report it because 1) it helps you learn for next time and 2) neither scenarios may have been right.

We touched on transportation a little before. We should add that services like Lyft and Uber are prevalent in the evenings and should be utilized. But it may not be your best bet getting to/from the courses each day and a rental car is likely necessary.

Handicaps are needed if you want to play net. But we have divisions for scratch and also a division where we don’t even keep score. Your handicap does not need to be established when you register, but ultimately should be done as quickly as possible. The more scores in your index the more accurate it will be among other factors.

A lot of newbies are not familiar with how the handicap system works. We won’t try to explain that here, but know it’s the same required USGA calculations for everyone. World Am computations may adjust your handicap during the tournament for exceptional play much like the USGA would do after you post a great score. But your course handicap is calculated by the USGA standard.

In one sentence we can speak to a lot of the confusion. That is: a handicap index is a universal number.  An 8.0 index who is 80 years old with a bad hip has the same ability as an 8.0 index 18-year-old male who only plays the tips because he thinks he’s better than he is. An index is much like a credit score. Put those players on the same tee, they’re supposed to tie. If I tell you my index, you know my ability without needing further details.

If you’re trying to figure out whether the World Am is a solo adventure or if you should bring the family, we have your answer. Myrtle Beach is a great family destination. There’s plenty of activities during the day to keep non-participants busy. Gray Line tours offers day trips, there’s mini-golf, 60 miles of beaches, and plenty of shopping / restaurants to go around. Plus, all participants get 1 adult guest and all kids under 21 are free to the 19th Hole.  Taking a family of 4 out to eat for 4 nights can get pricy, but not at the 19th Hole!

We hope this helps you on your trip to the Beach. Most people learn through their friends who got them signed up. Pick their brain and see what they say! What did we miss? Check our FAQ page for even more.

Behind the Scenes: Opening Day of Registration Tue, 21 Mar 2023 18:16:41 +0000

2023 is going to be big year for the World Am! This being the 40th anniversary, we wanted to do something different. On the first day of the we followed the crew around to see what exactly the first day of registration looks like. Enjoy World Am, Behind the Scenes! 

Best western Ocean Sands Thu, 02 Feb 2023 17:56:25 +0000

Special Pricing for Tournament Participants:

  • Lowest Daily Rate: $99.95
  • Highest Daily Rate: $254.95
  • To book call: 843-272-6101
  • Rates Start: August 25, 2023
  • Rates End: September 3, 2023
  • Room Types:
    Lowest rate is Non Oceanfront King
    Highest rate is Oceanfront King over Labor Day weekend
  • Comments:
    Breakfast included daily