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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Golf’s most popular amateur tournament has partnered with one of world’s premier resorts.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas has joined the PlayGolfMyrtleBeach.com World Amateur Handicap Championship team as the title sponsor of the Pairs Competition.
The Casa de Campo Pairs Competition is a two-person team event that runs inside the World Amateur. After 72 holes of net, stroke play competition, the top 5 teams on the Pairs Competition leaderboard will advance to the World Championship Playoff to compete for a trip for two to Casa de Campo.
The winners of the Pairs Competition will receive a 3-night/4-day trip to Casa de Campo that includes:
• Superb guest room accommodations, with private balcony or terrace. • One four-passenger touring cart for transportation within the Resort during stay • Unlimited golf at Teeth of the Dog, Dye Fore and The Links, based on availability • Full breakfast, snacks, lunch, and dinner at Resort signature restaurants • Extensive cocktails, wine and non-alcoholic beverages by the glass at the resort’s signature restaurants, bars, lounges, and from the Oasis golf course cart • Unlimited horseback riding, tennis, and non-motorized water sports at Minitas Beach. • One round of 25 shots skeet/trap shooting. • Two complimentary tickets for Genesis Nightclub. • Roundtrip airport transfers
“We are thrilled to have Casa de Campo as the title sponsor of the Pairs Competition,” Tournament Director Scott Tomasello said. “The Pairs Competition is always popular with players and that will be the case even more so this year. Casa de Campo is one of the finest golf resorts in the world and we can’t wait to provide two World Am players with a dream trip.”
Casa de Campo is best known as the home of Pete Dye’s masterpiece design, Teeth of the Dog. Since opening in 1974, the oceanside 18 is widely recognized as the No. 1 course in the Caribbean and is continually ranked among the top layouts in the world. Joining “Teeth” is spectacular Dye Fore, a dramatic 27-hole Dye layout with mesmerizing vistas of the Chavon River and picturesque marina harbor. The Links, the resort’s third Dye-designed gem, offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea.
The 37th annual World Amateur Handicap Championship 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.
Entry into event opens March 11 and includes at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag. The early entry cost of playing in the tournament is $535 through May 14, a $120 savings off the regular cost.
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, 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.
For more information, visit www.MyrtleBeachWorldAmateur.com.

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