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World Amateur Golf Tournament swings into Myrtle Beach

Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Janowiec , Photo Credit: Courtesy: USMC Photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Janowiec , Photo Credit: Courtesy: USMC

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – This week, thousands of golfers will swing into Myrtle Beach for the 31st Annual World Amateur Golf Tournament.

The tournament is played on courses across the Grand Strand. It features 72 holes of competition, an 18-hole championship playoff and lots of gifts, prizes and entertainment.

Three-thousand golfers are expected to visit from 50 different states, and 20 different countries, for the world's largest amateur golf tournament.

The event first took place in 1984 with 684 participants with numerous celebrities attending over the years.

The event is a big deal for the hosting golf courses, because head golf pros really count on the event to give them business.

The World Amateur Golf Tournament is open to all golfers 17 years of age and older who have a certified United States Golf Association handicap or foreign equivalent.

The event will begin August 25 and run through August 29.

For more information, visit the World Amateur Golf Tournament's website.

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