Day 3 of World Amateur Handicap Championship 2016

Myrtle Beach hosts another year of competition, food, fun and excitement

Fourth 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

Just call me Mr. Lucky.

Despite early morning drizzles, I was excited about playing the International Club. Two years ago I played it for the first time, making it the 100th course I played in Myrtle Beach – the only one I had never played. And liked it.

It was in even better shape for the World Am. The greens were perfect.

To top things off, my cart partner was Mike Jamison – executive director of the International Network of Golf – and one of my best friends in the golf business.

And my appreciation of the course heightened … when I started by making birdie on two of the first four holes.

Then the skies opened. Lightning, thunder and torrential rain sent players scurrying for the shelter of the clubhouse. Three hours later we were still in the clubhouse and the greens were under water. It looked like there was no chance of completing the round.

Both Jamison and I had work duty on the 19th Hole floor at 6 p.m. He was manning the ING booth and I was scheduled to be guest on a radio show. We knew there was no way we could finish the round, get back to the hotel, get cleaned up and make our appointments.

Reluctantly, we pulled our bags off the carts and withdrew from the tournament.

And, of course, the skies immediately cleared and the sun came out. The rest of the field completed the round – tromping through the mud, but at least they completed.

Scores again were extremely high – only two broke 80. Many in the 90s. One in the 100s.

Second day leader Jim Troyer remains on top, with a four shot lead going into that final round.

Unfortunately, I will only have spectator status for that round.

Still a great event … but not a great week, personally.

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