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Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - DESTINATIONS -

On this trip I would golf six games in seven days, on cour­ses that of­fered a small sam­pling of the range of over a 100 tracks in the re­gion, de­signed by some of the great names in the in­dus­try. One of the most unique events I have ever heard of in golf is hosted by the Myr­tle Beach Golf Hol­i­days as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers. It is called the Myr­tle Beach World Am­a­teur Hand­i­cap Cham­pi­onship. “It is the world’s largest golf tour­na­ment com­prised of more than three thou­sand am­a­teur golfers from all over the world. We have golfers com­ing from all 50 states and 30 coun­tries each year,” said tour­na­ment direc­tor Jeff Mon­day. It has been held an­nu­ally for the last 32 years and will take place this year start­ing Au­gust 29. “It is pretty much ev­ery man’s U.S. Open” said Mon­day, “We play 72 holes of net stroke play on a dif­fer­ent course ev­ery day, us­ing your sub­stan­ti­ated es­tab­lished hand­i­cap. Play­ers are flighted ac­cord­ing to gen­der, age and hand­i­cap for the first four games. Then the flight win­ners play for the cham­pi­onship crown on the fifth day.” Ev­ery evening play­ers are in­vited to the Myr­tle Beach Con­ven­tion Cen­tre for a 19th hole party, with free food and bev­er­ages, celebrity guests, along with lots of en­ter­tain­ment un­til the late hours. This must be a good event given the loy­alty it en­gen­ders. Ac­cord­ing to Mon­day, “Fifty per cent of our field from the prior year will come back to

Golf boards, rather than typ­i­cal golf carts, may be the wave of the fu­ture.

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