Murrells Inlet, S.C. – Bobby Perkinson of Alcoa, Tenn., a 4.4-handicap golfer, shot a net 69 (gross 74) on Friday to win the 2010 GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach. He double bogeyed the final hole and still shot his age to hold off three players one stroke behind from India, Massachusetts and West Virginia. The 74-year-old retiree is the lowest handicap to win the event since Dennis Connors won it with a 3.3 handicap in 1995.
Perkinson’s win also breaks a three-year streak where a woman won the GOLF.com World Am. Two years ago, a fellow Tennessean, Paula Morton, won the GOLF.com World Am. Perkinson, the winner of flight 57, won from the Super Senior division (70 and older).
“I just came down to have some fun and play some golf in Myrtle Beach” said Perkinson. “I won my flight on Thursday when a competitor double bogeyed the last hole, so I felt fortunate to make it to the finals. In the championship, I was 2-under on the front nine and hung on at a very challenging TPC Myrtle Beach golf course. This was my third time playing in the GOLF.com World Am, so maybe the third time was the charm.”
Bobby Wallace of White Plains, Md. and Charles Rowan of Gap Mills, WV captured the 2010 International Pairs Championship by shooting a 148 net team score in Friday’s championship round. The title earned them an all-expenses paid trip to Scotland to represent the United States in the 2011 International Pairs World Finals.
“We just seemed to be the perfect team” said Wallace. “One day, I wouldn’t play well and Charles would pick me up. Then, when Charles didn’t play well, I seemed to pick us up. That’s what this competition is all out, we had a great time in Myrtle Beach and we’re proud to be representing the GOLF.com World Am in Scotland.”
“What a great week of golf in Myrtle Beach,” said Dave Macpherson, tournament director of the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. “I cannot remember a week with better weather or a field as competitive as this one. Congratulations to Bobby Perkinson for winning our championship and thanks to all 3,100 golfers for coming to Myrtle Beach to participate in this event. We hope to see everyone back next year.”
Charlie McDonald of Westminster, Md. and Yogi McDonald of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. won the Cory Lemke Parent-Child Championship, a tournament for any combination of parent and child participating in the World Amateur. Before tragically losing his life in a 2006 motorcycle accident, Lemke competed in the World Am with his father, Mark Lemke and won his flight in 2002 at the age of 15.
Hosted by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is considered to be the most comparable experience to the U.S. Open for the amateur golfer. Held the week before Labor Day, the event is open to all amateur golfers with a verifiable USGA handicap, or the foreign equivalent. Flighted according to their handicaps, golfers competed in four rounds with all 68 flight winners and 11 ties then advancing to today’s 18-hole world championship playoff at TPC Myrtle Beach.
This year, nearly 3,100 players from 48 states and 18 countries competed on more than 55 Myrtle Beach area golf courses in the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, the first as a title sponsor for the Sports Illustrated Golf Group. The SI Golf Group is a unit within the Sports Illustrated Group. It is the No. 1 media company in golf with a combined audience of 12.6 million avid golfers and fans. Golf.com is the digital engine of the group and is the most visited website in the sport.
The Sports Illustrated Golf Group sent a total of 24 writers and editors to the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. Writers were imbedded into the World Am field as they played with actual participants. Writers will be contributing articles to SI Golf Group’s various media platforms including GOLF Magazine, SI Golf + and GOLF.com.
The GOLF.com World Am featured six competitive divisions, ranging from men and women 49 years-of-age and under to the super seniors 70 years-of-age and older. Players with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship.
The GOLF.com World Am web site offers a daily glimpse at the World Am with updated standings, news releases and photographs from the 27th annual tournament. For more information on the 2010 GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, visit WorldAmGolf.com or visit the GOLF.com World Am Virtual Newsroom, TheBrandonAgency.com/WorldAm.
Always scheduled the week before Labor Day, the 28th annual GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship will be held August 29 – September 2, 2011.
2010 GOLF.com WORLD AMATEUR HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL RESULTS
September 3, 2010
TPC Myrtle Beach/Murrells Inlet, S.C.
Place Golfer Net Score
1 Bobby Perkinson, Alcoa, Tenn. 69
T2 Bob Butler, N. Attleboro, Mass. 70
T2 Chetan Suman Doshi, India 70
T2 Joseph Williams, Huntington, WV 70
5 Charles Anderson, Baxter, Tenn. 71
T6 Ted Link, Bensalem, Penn. 72
T6 Brian Brevig, Alexandria, Va. 72
T8 Carl Stoller, Brighton, Mich. 74
T8 Jon Haase, Vancouver, Wash. 74
T8 Sharon Lostaglio, Palm Coast, Fla. 74
For the complete listing of the final results, visit www.worldamgolf.com/results. In addition, photos are available as a high-resolution image by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday
Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday is a non-profit trade association of 102 championship golf courses, 76 golf package providers and five golf schools in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina area. Founded in 1967, the organization has been and continues to be the driving force behind the growth of the Myrtle Beach area golf market. The originator of the “Stay and Play Package,” Golf Holiday provides non-biased information about the area 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 grow the game of golf and attract golfers to the Grand Strand during slower times of year. In addition to hosting the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship – the world’s largest on-site golf tournament, Golf Holiday also manages the Hootie & the Blowfish Monday After The Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament each spring, Summer Family Golf Tournaments, the Spring and Fall Palmetto High School Golf Championships, the Veterans Golf Classic and the FDNY 9-11 Memorial Golf Outing. For more information, call Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday at 1-800-833-8798 or visit GolfHoliday.com.