Originally Posted by jwkde
Anyone ever play in this annual event in Mrytle Beach?
Was looking at the site the other day and I see the number of players is way down compared to prior years.
I know that long slow rounds are common at this event, just wondering if the smaller turnout might improve that aspect.
Have no belief in making it to the final but it looks interesting.http://www.worldamgolf.com/results/
I will be playing in the World Am again this year. It will be my 26th consecutive year. There are over 3000 players signed up so far this year. That is really about average. Years ago, the event got upwards towards 5k players, really more than the event could handle IMHO. It is a lot of fun even considering the fact that the time of year it is played is prime time Atlantic tropical season. The event tends to get a lot of rain so you have to realize that in tournament golf, unless there is standing water on the greens or lightning...you continue playing.
For people who do not have an established handicap, you actually have till the mid-August handicap revision to establish a handicap. It can be done but you have to play a lot of golf in the next 20 or so days and get those scores posted.
Since you have to play "real golf", putting everything out, playing by the rules, playing unfamiliar courses...don't expect 4 hours rounds. It just ain't gonna happen. First day, Monday, rounds are generally 5hours or maybe a little longer. Everyone is still in the hunt first day so it just takes longer. Usually each round tends to be a little quicker than the day before. But, again, it is tournament golf so it is never quick.