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
And the winner is … Hurricane Hermine.
After four rounds of play – two that were severely affected by long rain delays – the 50 flight winners finally made it to the championship round. Each had a dream of being crowned the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Champion.
Unfortunately, Hurricane Hermine delivered a knockout blow to each and every flight winner … and to the championship round of the tournament.
Torrential rains that began on Thursday night continued throughout the day on Friday – making every course in the Myrtle Beach area unplayable. Finally, there was no option but to cancel the championship round.
“For the first time in the 33 years of this championship we are unable to crown a champion,” said Bill Golden, president of Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the company that manages the World Am. “It is very frustrating for us, and all of the golfers, but what are you going to do? Mother Nature always has the final say.”