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Entries Pour Into the World Amateur Handicap Championship


The World Amateur Handicap Championship is the most unique and popular participatory event of its kind.

Golfers from across the globe annually make the trek to Myrtle Beach for the opportunity to compete under PGA Tour-like conditions, and 2012 will be no different.

The 29th edition of the
World Am will be played August 27-31 and more than 2,300 golfers from 48 states and 20 foreign countries have already signed up for the tournament.

Twice as big as any other event of its size, the World Am challenges players with 72 holes of net, stroke play competition, letting them experience the thrills of four days of competition on a new Myrtle Beach golf course each day. It’s a competitive experience amateur golfers can’t get anywhere else.

With the game’s most rigorous handicap enforcement system, the World Am is able to assure all participants of a level playing field. How well does the handicap system work? Players with handicaps ranging from three to 34 have won the event, and Bobby Perkinson, a 3.5 handicap, is the reigning champion.

Once a handicap is established, players are placed into tightly grouped flights. After four days of competition, all flight winners and ties advance to the World Championship Playoff where a champion is crowned.

Competition lures players to the tournament, but camaraderie is equally important in bringing them back. The World Am experience extends far beyond the golf course.

Each night players gather at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to enjoy the World’s Largest 19th Hole, the event’s nightly party that includes free food and drinks, live entertainment, a golf expo and appearances by some of the biggest names in the game. Old friendships are renewed and new ones are launched at the 19th Hole as players watch for their flight scores to scroll across the jumbotron.

From registration through the final putt at the Flight Winner’s playoff, the World Am delivers an unforgettable experience and great value. The special early entry rate of $475, which includes golf, admission to the 19th Hole, and a goody bag, will continue on through June 23.

More than 60
Myrtle Beach golf courses host the event.

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