Flighted Events Lead to a Single Net Winner

By Dan Vukelich

If you’ve got a spare week for a golf getaway this summer, consider playing in the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship, perhaps the world’s biggest golf tournament.

Three thousand amateur golfers, sorted into 70 flights by age and USGA handicap, play four rounds on four courses selected from among dozens of area golf courses participating in the event. It’s basically THE golf event for Myrtle Beach each year.

The winners plus all T1s from each individual handicap flight are then pitted against one another in a final round net shootout to determine the capo de tutti capi of all amateurs.

This year’s event is Aug. 27-30, with early check-in on Aug. 25 and 26. The final playoff to crown the ultimate champion from among the individual flight winners will be held on Aug. 31.

In 2013, Golf Travel Writers of America Canadian member Grant Fraser succumbed to the allure of competing against thousands of other amateurs and described his experience on his Traveling Golfer website.

Last year, another GTWA member, Len Ziehm, formerly of the Chicago Sun-Times, who now edits Len Ziehm on Golf, participated in the 2017 edition of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Golf Championship. More