A golf tournament with over 3000 participants playing on upwards of 70 different golf courses may sound like a logistical nightmare to you and me, but it’s a yearly occurrence in Myrtle Beach, SC.
Next week, those 3000+ golfers will play a minimum four rounds until a champion is crowned, but this event is about more than just golf.
Now in its 33rd year, the Myrtle Beach World Amateur is about friends, fun and golf, while a little competition never hurts either.
The largest and most fun-filled amateur golf tournament on the planet was first played back in 1984 with 684 participants. Numerous celebrities have been part of the fun over the years, including Major League Baseball stars Roger Clemens and Tony Womack, LPGA champion Annika Sorenstam, NASCAR great Jeff Gordon, and CBS Sports and Golf Channel Commentator, David Feherty.
The granddaddy of all such golf events features 72-holes of intense stroke play competition, a thrilling 18-hole championship playoff, lots of gifts and prizes, plus nightly parties and entertainment. And it remains one of the best values in competitive golf. But at the heart of its enduring success is the camaraderie among participants. This is where lifelong friendships are forged.
The World Am is open to all golfers – 17 years old and above – with a certified USGA handicap or foreign equivalent. It features six competitive divisions, ranging from men 49 and under to the super seniors (70+), Women’s division and recently created Gross Division. Within the divisions, golfers are flighted by closely grouped handicaps. The event features around 70 flights and the winner of each advances to the Flight Winner’s Playoff, an 18-hole shootout that determines the World Champion. The tournament is played on approximately 60 different Myrtle Beach area courses, including several Top 100 public layouts, and each flight plays a different course each day.
Along with the golf, there is a huge party each night with the World’s Largest 19th Hole, contests, drawings, a swag bag and a chance to meet celebrities from the world of golf. Entrants this year are from 48 U.S. states and 30 different countries.
Over 3000 participants is great, but the event is still trying to attract the younger set as the average age of participants has risen in the past five years from 58.5 to 60.5. To keep the event growing and the sport of golf in general, younger players are needed. Up to 500 registrants are 49 or younger, and about 1,250 players are under 60.
Last year, John Daly made the rounds at the World Am, this year PGA player, Tommy “Two Gloves” Gainey will be appearing as will Charlie Rymer of the Golf Channel.
Every year, participants get:
Opportunity to compete in a fifth round championship playoff on Friday, September 2, 2016 (for flight winners and ties).
Gift Bag upon arrival at Tournament Registration featuring World Am logoed merchandise headlined by the Greg Norman Collection among many other great items with a total value of approximately $300!
Entrance each evening to the World’s Largest 19th Hole for players, one guest and children 20 and under. Nightly activities in the World’s Largest 19th Hole include:
– Heavy hors d’oeuvres provided by leading restaurants in Myrtle Beach.
– Open bar including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
– Golf exhibit that includes tournament sponsors, emerging golf products and local businesses.
– Live music and special guest speakers in the “World Am Live” ballroom.
– Golf games, activities and indoor golf club demo.
– Instruction provided by leading golf instructors.
Every participant will be eligible for over $25,000 in random drawing prizes on site at the 19th Hole.
The World Am is a non-stop party that takes place on and off the golf course. It’s what separates Myrtle Beach from other golf environments.