The trees are starting bloom and the thermometer is consistently pushing 70 here in Myrtle Beach, which means it’s time to mark a couple vital dates on your calendar.
The 34th annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship will begin accepting entries on Wednesday, March 29.
A 72-hole, net stroke play event, the World Am will be played August 28 – September 1 on 60 of Myrtle Beach’s best golf courses. Cost of entry, which includes at least four rounds of golf, admission into the World’s Largest 19th Hole and a gift bag, is $525.
Any player that enters by April 12 will be automatically eligible to win more than $10,000 in random drawing prizes.
The annual event is again expected to attract more than 3,200 players from all 50 states and more than 25 countries, all of them dreaming of earning the title of World Champion. The event is open to all men and women 18 years of age and older, and players will be flighted based on age, gender and handicap.
Each flight will play a different course every day and after four rounds of competition, all flight winners will advance to the World Championship Playoff on Friday, September 1. The playoff is an 18-shootout to crown the event’s winner.
In the past, handicaps ranging from 3 to 34 have claimed the mantle of World Champion.
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.
So mark your calendar and start getting ready for the 34th annual World Am.