(MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.) - The wildly-popular GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship - underway this week (Aug. 27 - 31) in the golf-rich Grand Strand - features 3,100 participants competing on 60 area courses as well as "The World's Largest 19th Hole."
The "19th Hole" - a nightly extravaganza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center - is a vast golf exposition enjoyed by tournament players and their guests. It includes equipment demos, entertainment, open bars, concerts, prize drawings and food from area restaurants. An indoor putting challenge offers the opportunity to win $25,000.
Main stage highlights include Golf Channel analyst / funnyman Charlie Rymer; Blair O'Neal - former "Big Break" standout and host of "Myrtle Beach Golf Buzz"; golf fitness instructor Marty Weil; acclaimed course architect Ron Garl; and "PGA Tour Confidential" with noted Sports Illustrated journalists Michael Bamberger, Alan Shipnuck and Gary Van Sickle. National stand-up comedians TP Mulrooney and Henry Cho are performing.
A true international ambience prevails as golfers from India, China, Japan, Australia, England, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, South Africa and Canada are competing. The tournament is comprised of 72 holes of golf on a different course daily. Divisional winners will compete in a fifth round championship playoff on Friday, Aug. 31 at TPC Myrtle Beach (flight winners and ties).
Heading the rota of acclaimed Grand Strand layouts hosting this week are The Norman, Fazio and Dye courses at Barefoot Resort, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Golf Plantation, TPC Myrtle Beach and King's North at Myrtle Beach National.
"Our nightly 19th Hole is a huge component to the continued success of the World Am," says Jeff Monday, tournament director. "From the best in golf instruction and equipment demos; noted celebrities and comedians; the 'inside scoop' from the TOUR; and food and drink from Grand Stand establishments all make for the ultimate 'after golf' party in the game."
For more information about Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, visit www.GolfHoliday.com
. For World Am information visit www.worldamgolf.com
About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association comprised of 79 championship golf courses and 99 golf package providers in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the region's thriving golf market. The originator of the "Stay and Play Package," Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about accommodations and golf courses to assist golfers in making the most informed decisions when planning for their next vacation.
Golf Holiday also hosts seven events and tournaments annually to help to foster continued growth of the game. In addition to hosting the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Golf Holiday also manages the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship - the world's largest single-site amateur golf tournament, the Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic and the Myrtle Beach Never Forgets Memorial Golf Outing.