The Myrtle Beach World Amateur is known as perhaps the biggest party in competitive amateur golf, bringing thousands of golf addicts from around the United States—around the world—to the Grand Strand for five days of food, drink, shenanigans…and plenty of golf, played over dozens of the Myrtle Beach area’s nearly 100 golf courses. This year’s event takes place Monday through Friday, August 25-29, 2014, and registration is now open at www.WorldAmGolf.com.
The Myrtle Beach World Amateur traditionally consists of four 18-hole rounds of stroke play, with net scores counting in each flight, followed by a single-round event-within-the-event to determine the overall World Handicap Champion. Players who register by May 15 will be able to take advantage of a discounted entry fee of $475. Given everything players will receive, this is definitely one of the greatest deals in golf.
Golf is just one part—albeit a large part—of the festivities for World Am week. The other centerpiece of the event is the World’s Largest 19th Hole, which is exactly what it sounds like: a big gathering place in a ballroom within the Myrtle Beach Convention Center where competitors and their families can partake each night of heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by well-known local restaurants, open bars with soft drinks, beer, wine and liquor and numerous golf exhibits of local and major golf companies and tournament sponsors. In addition, attendees will be able to sample some of the newest golf clubs in an indoor club testing area at one end of the space. Well-known golf personalities and stand-up comedians take to the main stage to entertain guests on each night as well. Entry into the World Am gets players into this great post-round party not once but every night of the event.
As if four rounds (maybe five!) of golf and access to the World’s Largest 19th Hole isn’t enough to entice event newcomers and veterans alike, every participant also receives a gift bag of World Am-logoed merchandise and other great items with a total value of more than $300. Apparel is provided by the Greg Norman Collection. Finally, all players will be automatically entered to win more than $25,000 in random prize drawings.
Last year’s edition—the 30th—brought more than 3,300 golfers to Myrtle Beach. After four days, 99 individual handicap flight winners convened at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort for the final round. When the dust settled, that honor went to Rich Brennan, of Maumee, Ohio. Brennan played off a handicap of 21 and shot a gross 83, net 62, to take home the title. Brennan is a veteran of the event, having competed in multiple years prior and even advancing to the final day once before winning the title on his second attempt. Who knows – this year, the big winner could be you!
For more information and to enter, visit www.WorldAmGolf.com.
(posted by 4/8/14)