MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina – The 37th annual PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship will begin accepting entries Wednesday, March 11. The 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, the World Am will be played Aug. 31 – Sept. 4 on 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best courses.More than 3,000 players from across America and more than 20 countries are again expected to participate in golf’s largest single-site tournament.
Early entry into the event, which includes at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, is $535 through May 14, a $120 savings off the regular cost.
Players that register by April 15 will also be eligible to win one of 50 random drawing prizes collectively valued at $10,000, including offerings from Under Armour and Club Glove.
“The PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is a bucket list event for golfers, and we can’t wait to get things underway in Year 37,” said tournament director Scott Tomasello. “We look forward to hosting more than 3,000 players who come to Myrtle Beach dreaming of being able to call themselves a world champion.”
The tournament, which flights players based on age, gender and handicap, is open to all golfers 17 years of age and older.
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, 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.
After four days of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff at the magnificent Dye Course at Barefoot Resort, 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 will also receive a gift bag that includes a polo, a pullover, a golf towel, a logo’d hat, a PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies valued cumulatively at $250.