By Tony Leodora Golf magazines, golf television shows and golf radio shows have been disseminating information about golf destinations and resorts for years. They provide a valuable service for the myriad of golfers who never seem to be satisfied in… (Read more)
Fifteen years had passed since the first golf trip to the Biloxi, Mississippi area. In those days Biloxi was in the beginning stages of a double boom – casinos and golf courses. It was just beginning to find its stride. Fast forward to 2016 and the development in both areas is quite evident. There are now in the neighborhood of a dozen casinos and 15 golf courses in the area. And, despite a recession, hurricanes and other factors, all seem to have gotten better with age.
Myrtle Beach hosts another year of competition, food, fun and excitement Sixth and final installment in a series of daily first-person stories from the 33rd Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world’s largest golf tournament. By TONY LEODORA… (Read more)
So what do you do when you are at a golf tournament and not playing golf? That was my dilemma for the final round of the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach. After a weather-induced withdrawal on Wednesday, the task was to fill Thursday’s schedule. It didn’t take long.
After the usual warmups at picturesque Glen Dornoch GC, just below the North Carolina border, it was time to make the way back to the line of golf carts for the 9 a.m. shotgun start for Day 2 of the World Amateur Handicap Championship. That’s when I was intercepted by the fellow who was running the daily skins game.
Myrtle Beach hosts another year of competition, food, fun and excitement Second in a series of daily first-person stories from the 33rd Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world’s largest golf tournament. By TONY LEODORA What are the… (Read more)
Myrtle Beach hosts another year of competition, food, fun and excitement First in a series of daily first-person stories from the 33rd Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world’s largest golf tournament. By TONY LEODORA For years, coaches… (Read more)
In the last decade of the 20th Century, golf course openings in the United States were taking place at the dizzying rate of almost one per day. The “build it and they will come” mentality had taken over the golf industry. Twenty years later, almost no new courses are being built. And many more are being closed. But, luckily, golf course architects are not forced to stand in the soup line. While there are less of them these days – and their staffs are much smaller than during the heyday – they have still found a way to keep busy. Golf course renovations have hit an all-time high.
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.