The 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Championship has started accepting entries.
A 72-hole, net stroke play tournament, the World Am will be played Aug. 28 – Sept. 1 on more than 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses.
Early entry into the event, which includes at least four rounds of golf, nightly admission to the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, is $525. The tournament, which flights players based on age, gender and handicap, is open to all golfers 18 years of age or older.
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Any player that enters by April 12 will be automatically eligible to win more than $10,000 in random drawing prizes. Among the prizes being given away are 20 ClubGlove travel bags, 20 Voice Caddie GPS devices and 20 Oakley 5-speed backpacks.
Historically, players have been flighted into six divisions – men 49 and under, senior men (50-59), super senior men (60+), women 49 and under, senior women (50+) and the gross division – but this year, organizers added three new divisions.
The additional offerings include Senior Gross Division (men 50+), Seasoned Seniors (men 80 years of age and older) and Just For Fun, which is for players who want the World Am experience without the pressure of competition.
More than 3,200 players from across America and more than 25 countries are expected to participate in the one-of-a-kind event. 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 this bucket list event, 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 perennially includes a logo’d hat, shirt, PGA Tour Superstore gift card and an assortment of other goodies.