A Historic Year at the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship

A Historic Year at the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap ChampionshipThe sun was shining, a host of big names were on hand, and the 2011 Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship enjoyed a historic first.

Three thousand golfers from 47 states and 25 foreign countries made the pilgrimage to Myrtle Beach for the World Am, a 72-hole tournament that attracts players of all ages and ability levels. Many of the story lines for the event had a familiar ring, but 75-year-old Bobby Perkinson added a touch of history to the event.

A four handicap, Perkinson shot net 70 (gross 74) at TPC Myrtle Beach to win the World Championship Playoff for the second consecutive year. Perkinson is the first person in the 28-year history of the event to win the championship playoff twice.

The 2011 event enjoyed spectacular weather and participants had one of the best course lineups in Golf.com World Am history. Among the 60 Myrtle Beach area courses that hosted the event were Caledonia, Kings North, Tidewater, True Blue, Leopard’s Chase and Rivers Edge.

A Historic Year at the Golf.com World Amateur Handicap ChampionshipEnjoyable as things were on the course, the World’s Largest 19th Hole was again the heartbeat of the event. Players gathered nightly at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to enjoy free drinks, dinner, live entertainment and some of golf’s most prominent names.

Golf Magazine columnist and CBS television analyst David Feherty headlined the 19th Hole entertainment and regaled the crowd with stories from his time on the Tour and in TV booth. Feherty was joined on the 19th Hole stage by Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer, the Voice of Golf, Peter Kessler, and short-game guru Dave Pelz, among others.

The World Am features five competitive divisions, ranging from men and women 49 years old and under to the super seniors (70+), and is open to any player with a verifiable USGA handicap. Players with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won the tournament.

Next year’s World Amateur Handicap Championship will be played August 27- August 31, 2012. For more information, go to www.worldamgolf.com.


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