Latest News on the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship

Rasku Wins 3-Way Playoff, Captures World Championship Playoff

RaskuDennis Rasku of Pompano Beach, Fl., made a net birdie (gross par) on the first hole to win a 3-way, sudden death playoff and the World Championship Playoff at 31st annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Club.

Rasku, a 9 handicap, Tony Wallace, a 5 handicap from Fayetteville, N.C., and Ben Hamby, a 7 handicap from Winter Springs, Fla., all shot net 72s to get into the playoff. (Full Results)

Rasku hit his approach to 22 feet and two-putted for par, on the Dye Club 410-yard ninth hole, besting Wallace and Hamby, neither of whom received a stroke on the hole. 

“From the weather to the World’s Largest 19th Hole, we enjoyed a wonderful week at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship,” said Jeff Monday, World Am tournament director. “Congratulations to Dennis on earning the right to call himself World Champion and to our entire field for a great week of golf.”

Mark Gardiner of Mascoutah, Ill., shot a 1-under par 71 to win the World’s Am first Gross Division Championship. Gardiner’s score was the best of the day, net or gross.

Additionally, Brazilians Joao Tomazelli and Denis Song Min Cho shot a team total of 155 to win the International Pairs event and earn the right to compete in Scotland next year in the IP World Finals.

The World Championship Playoff is the annual culmination of the Myrtle Beach World Am, a 72-hole net, stroke play event. ...

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Photo Gallery: Early Morning Glimpse at Flight Winner’s Playoff

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Photo Gallery: Day 4 at the Myrtle Beach World Am

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Player Profile: Houston Legend Les Johnson Played World Am For His Late Wife

World Am Les Pe Te JohnsonBy: Rick Limpert for WorldAmGolf.com

Every participant in the Myrtle Beach World Am has a story to tell.

None may be more heartwarming than that of Houston, Texas radio legend, Les “Pe-Te” Johnson.

Johnson has been a DJ at 90.1 KPFT in Houston for 33 years and is the longtime host and producer of the Saturday night, Cajun Bandstand program. He also is an avid golfer and had planned to play the World Am in 2012. That was until his wife took ill and Johnson spent the better part of the next two years caring for her.

Before she passed, his wife made Johnson promise that he would go to Myrtle Beach and play in the event he was forced to miss.

Johnson came by himself in 2014, with a heavy heart and a voice that has kept a good part of the state of Texas entertained for over three decades.

That included many of the astronauts at NASA. Johnson even interviewed astronaut, Bill McArthur when he was doing a six month stint on the International Space Station. McArthur also commanded five Space Shuttle flights and took tapes of Johnson’s radio programs into space, so he could listen to them.

Les “Pe-Te” Johnson

Hometown: Houston, Texas

Experience: First year

Handicap: 28

What’s great about this event?
I love it and I’ve never seen such wild people here in my life. This is a cross-section of people from all over. I’ve met people from Nova Scotia, England, France ...

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Photo Gallery: On-Course Action at the Mrytle Beach World Am

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