Day 4 of World Amateur Handicap Championship 2016

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

Fifth 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

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.

Mike Jamison, executive director of the International Network of Golf, and I took a ride north to Sea Trail – the picturesque three-course property in Sunset Beach, North Carolina. It was an inspection meeting to talk about holding the organization’s 2018 national conference on the site.

So, work, instead of golf.

And the day was the best weather day of the week. To grind more salt into the wound, players reported that Aberdeen, our fourth round site, was in great shape. The old course on Route 9, at the northwest end of the Grand Strand, has had a renaissance under new ownership. It is part of the Founders Group International, which manages 22 courses in the area.

Jim Troyer, the player who took the Flight 31 lead after his second round, finished strong with a 79 – low round of the day – and took the title.

That title earned him a spot in the Championship round on Friday – if it is played … and if it is completed.

With Hurricane Hermine bearing down on the Carolinas, the start time of the Championship round has been moved up to an 8 a.m. start. Good luck to the players … and bring your rain gear.

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