World Amateur Handicap Championship Nears 3,000 Players

The 36th annual World Amateur Handicap Championship, a 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, is nearing 3,000 entries with just under two months until the tournament begins.

The World Am, which attracts players from all 50 states and more than 20 countries, will be played on 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses August 26- 30. This year’s tournament, which already has 2,922 players registered, is tracking to have more than 3,200 golfers again this year.

“The World Amateur Handicap Championship is a bucket a list event for recreational golfers, giving them a chance to experience a 72-hole golf tournament, just like the guys on the PGA Tour,” said tournament director Scott Tomasello. “But the World Am is more than just a tournament to our players – it’s an event. From what happens on the course to the World’s Largest 19th Hole, the World Am becomes part of the annual calendar for players.”

The World Am, which costs $585 to enter through Thursday, is open to all men and women with a verifiable USGA handicap.

The World Am flights players into nine divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), mid-senior men (60-69), super senior men (70-79), seasoned seniors (80+), women 49 and under, the gross division, senior (50+) 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.

While competition is what initially attracts golfers to the World Am, it’s only part of the event’s story. 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 will also receive a gift bag that includes a Chase 54 polo, a pullover, a logo’d hat, a PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies.

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