Who’s the best amateur handicap golfer on the planet?
There’s no way to know with 100% certainty, of course. But if you think you at least deserve to be in the conversation, you have until August 1, 2014 to sign up for the tournament that comes as close as any can to settling the issue.
That’s the deadline for the 31st annual World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, which takes place August 25-29. The 72-hole tournament well could be the most ambitious in the world, with a field of more than 3,000 players distributed among more than 60 flights competing on more than 60 courses along the Grand Strand. It’s expected to attract players from all 50 states as well as other countries. The only entry requirements are a current USGA handicap or international equivalent.
Myrtle Beach is home to many of America’s top 100 public golf courses, and many of the best will be among the host courses. The format is simple: You’ll be assigned a flight based on your age group and handicap. You and your flight will play four shotgun-start rounds of USGA-rule stroke play, 72 holes overall, on four different courses. Those rounds will be August 25-28.
If you win your flight, you’ll advance to an 18-hole playoff for the overall championship August 29 at the Barefoot Resort Dye Course, where, fittingly, the title could be settled at one of the best finishing holes in Myrtle Beach.
Beyond golf, there’s also the nightly 19th Hole post-round experience at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. There you are your buddies (old and new) can enjoy everything from food and bar options to live music to demos of the latest golf products.
The registration deadline is approaching quickly. Make sure your handicap is current, fill out the entry form at the website above, line up lodging at your favorite Bluegreen Vacations resort and get ready to make your claim as the world’s best amateur golfer.