(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) – The 30th annual GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship begins today as more than 3,300 players from around the world compete on 60-plus Grand Strand courses for the honor of being crowned “World Champion.”
With participants from 20-plus countries – including the U.S. India, Japan, Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, South Africa and Canada – this year’s tournament has a decidedly international flavor. Additionally, nine golfers from the People’s Republic of China prequalified in tournaments across their country and have traveled to the Grand Stand to compete in the event.
The field also includes baseball legend Roger Clemens, who made it to the finals last year. This year marks his third World Am appearance in the past four years. Moreover, 11 players entered this year have teed it up in all 29 previous World Am championships.
The competition is comprised of 72 holes of golf on a different course daily. The rota of premier area layouts includes the Norman, Fazio and Love courses at Barefoot Resort; Caledonia Golf & Fish Club; True Blue Golf Plantation; and King’s North at Myrtle Beach National. Divisional winners will compete in a fifth round championship playoff on Friday, Aug. 30 at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club (flight winners and ties).
Today also commences the opening of “The World’s Largest 19th Hole” at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The vast festival of golf features equipment demos, entertainment, open bars, concerts, prize drawings and food from superb area restaurants. Golf Channel analysts Charlie Rymer and Brandel Chamblee, comedian Henry Cho, and David Wood (author of Around the World in 80 Rounds) are among those scheduled to appear.
“Our 30th annual World Am is a time-tested celebration of golf featuring friendly competition and comradeship,” says Jeff Monday, tournament director. “We want our participants from the world over to enjoy what makes Myrtle Beach the ‘Golf Capital of the U.S.’ due to our unmatched combination of exceptional layouts and gracious Grand Strand hospitality.”
For more information about Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, visit www.GolfHoliday.com.