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Bobby Perkinson Repeats as World Amateur Handicap Champion


Bobby Perkinson of Alcoa, Tn., shot a gross 74 and a net 70 at TPC Myrtle Beach to defend his title at the World Amateur Handicap Championship.

Perkinson is the first player in the 28-year history of the World Am to win the title twice, and he earned it with a strong par on his closing hole the ninth, TPC’s toughest. Perkinson unsheathed a 7-wood in the middle of the ninth fairway and delivered the shot of the tournament when the ball came to a rest 10 feet from the cup.

Perkinson ran the putt 5 feet by, but made the nervy comebacker for par, good for a net birdie, securing the title by a single stroke.

Perkinson bested a playoff field of 76 golfers on a sun splashed day in Myrtle Beach, besting three players tied for second at a net 1-under par. (

Perkinson’s triumph capped an idyllic week at the 28th annual World Am. After Hurricane Irene brushed the Grand Strand last weekend, the weather was nearly perfect as 3,000 golfers from 47 states and 25 countries came to Myrtle Beach to compete in the event.

A 3.5-handicap, Perkinson won flight 55 to advance to the World Championship Playoff. 

The weather for this year’s event was perfect, with morning temperatures in the 60s and 70s and nary a drop of rain to be found.TPC Myrtle Beach, one of only three 5-star courses in the Carolinas and the host of the 2000 Senior Tour Championship, hosted the championship round for the second consecutive year. 

Robert Whaley and Ron Arledge, both from Jacksonville, Fla., won the International Pairs event and along with it a trip to Scotland next year.

Scott Weaver of Portsmouth, Va. and Don Weaver of Mulberry, Fla. won the Cory Lemke Parent-Child Championship, a tournament for any combination of parent and child participating in the World Amateur. Before tragically losing his life in a 2006 motorcycle accident, Lemke competed in the World Am with his father, Mark Lemke and won his flight in 2002 at the age of 15.

The World Championship Playoff is the culmination of the World Am, a 72-hole, net stroke play tournament. Players are arranged into flights according to their handicap and at the conclusion of the four rounds, all flight winners advanced to the 18-hole world championship playoff.

The World Am features five competitive divisions, ranging from men and women 49 years-of-age and under to the super seniors 70 years-of-age and older. Players with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won the World Amateur Handicap Championship.

The World Am web site offers a daily glimpse at the World Am with updated standings, news releases and photographs from the 27th annual tournament. For more information on the 2010 World Amateur Handicap Championship, visit

Always scheduled the week before Labor Day, the 28th annual World Amateur Handicap Championship will be held August 27 – August 31, 2012.

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