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GOLF.com World Am tees off Monday

Myrtle Beach, SC -

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The 27th annual GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, teed off on more than 55 Myrtle Beach area golf courses Monday.

"We could not have asked for a better first day of competition," Dave Macpherson, tournament director of the championship said. "The weather was perfect and golf course conditions throughout the entire Myrtle Beach area are the best we have seen in years. This is shaping up to be an exciting week of golf and we look forward to crowning our next World Am champion on Friday."

More than 3,000 amateur golfers from 48 states and 18 countries are participating in the tournament, most notably Roger Clemens. The seven-time Cy Young award winner posted a first round gross score of 84 and a net score of 79.

He is in 22nd place in his flight.

Clemens played his round at The Pearl Gold Club in Calabash, NC after pleading not guilty earlier in the day to federal charges that he lied to Congress when he rejected claims of others who said the former pitcher has used steroids and human growth hormone.

Following the first day of competition, players and guests attended the "World's Largest 19thth Hole featured a  golf exposition, equipment demos, entertainment and food from some of Myrtle Beach's local restaurants. Hole" at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The 19

Hosted by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, the World Amateur Handicap Championship is a 72-hole, net stroke play tournament. Players are arranged into groups according to their handicap score and at the conclusion of the four rounds, group winners will advance to the 18-hole playoff on Friday, Sept. 3.

The championship features six divisions, ranging from men and women age 49-years-old and under to those age 70-years-old and older.

Players with handicap scores as low as three and as high as 34 have won the championship. A woman has won the last three titles including 2009 winner Linda Fuller of Richmond, Texas.

For more information on the event, call 1-800-833-8798 or visit www.worldamgolf.com, or www.facebook.com/worldam.

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