This story, written by Chris King, is one of the most amazing ever to come out of the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach. Thought I would pass it along as an amazing recap to this year’s Championship. –… (Read more)
Fifth in a series of daily first-person stories from the 35th Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world’s largest golf tournament. By TONY LEODORA You can tell it is the fourth and final day of the World Amateur… (Read more)
By Tony Leodora For years golfers have been crying out in anguish – from the desolate stretches of the waste areas, from the swamp-like muck of the wetlands, from the dark recesses of the woods and the opposite side of… (Read more)
By TONY LEODORA For years the golf industry has talked about innovation … and how change has been a driving force in the business. But much of that unique innovation has been followed by imitation. Introduce a new material to… (Read more)
By Tony Leodora The ballots are in. The much-anticipated results are ready for distribution. For the 13th year a thorough sweep of the annual PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando has resulted in a mountain of information about the new products… (Read more)
To say there has been an assortment of very different champions in the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship is an understatement. Over the years the championship trophy has been hoisted by a left-hander, a woman, two years in a row by a marvel in his early 70s who regularly shoots his age, high handicappers and low handicappers.
Making it to the finish line is often quite the accomplishment. In my case, after a month of back spasms, it was the ultimate goal. Not only did I cross the finish line, but I did it in style – posting the best round of the week. My 82 was the fifth-best number posted on the day and it moved me up to 22nd place in the flight … above the halfway point, protecting my history of mediocrity in the world’s largest golf tournament.
A steamy, warm day in Myrtle Beach brought almost 3,400 players to a variety of golf courses … and a variety of conditions. Most were drying out after Monday’s torrential rain and many allowed players back on the fairways with their golf carts – a move that was cheered wildly by the masses.
For the rest of the week, my personal goal is to finish all 18 holes on the remaining two rounds.
Torrential rains throughout the morning cancelled the first round of play at all but a few of the many golf courses hosting the first day of this week-long event. The ones who did play, played in the worst imaginable conditions.