Welcome to the 2012 World Amateur Handicap Championship

World-AmNearly 3,100 golfers, 60 courses, 72 holes of intense stroke play competition, an 18-hole championship playoff, nightly parties and entertainment. It may sound like the U.S. Open from qualifying to conclusion, but the World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., is an event unlike any other.

Golfers from 49 states and 24 foreign countries flock to Myrtle Beach, S.C., every year to participate in a tournament that provides a one-of-a-kind golf experience. Now in its 29th year, the World Amateur allows everyone from scratch golfers to 30+ handicappers to test their nerves and competitive resolve.

The tournament, which uses an intricate handicap formula to level the field, is open to all golfers -- men, women, young and old -- who have a certified USGA handicap.

The World Amateur features five competitive divisions, ranging from men and women 49 and under to the super seniors (70+). Within the divisions, golfers are flighted by closely grouped handicaps. The event features 68 flights, and the winner of each advances to the Flight Winner's Playoff, an 18-hole shootout that determines the World Champion.

Throughout the week, will bring you the sights and sounds from this unique event. For more information, visit the tournament's official site, and check back throughout the week for scores, players' stories, scenes from the tournament, and updates as the field narrows and champions are finally crowned.

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by Kevin Cunningham