Rules & Regulations

The Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship adheres to USGA rules of golf and USGA handicap requirements. USGA "Rules of Golf App"


    Participants will compete within their pre-assigned flights in a 72-hole, individual net stroke play competition. One completed round will constitute a tournament. Play will be governed by USGA rules, any local course rules and the Hard Card.


    The top five individuals within each flight will be awarded. In addition, all flight winners (and ties) will advance to an 18-Hole “Flight Winners Playoff” to compete against one another (with handicap) to determine the World Champion.


    Play will begin with a 9:00AM shotgun start on every course. It is the competitor’s responsibility to know start times.  Please arrive approximately 45 minutes prior to play; any player missing the shotgun or tee time start will be disqualified.


    Scorecards shall be kept in accordance with rule 6-6 in the USGA’s “Scoring in Stroke Play.” Exchange scorecards with the other players in your group. Competitors must use the Official Tournament Scorecard given to you by the Committee. Scorecards must be signed by the marker and the competitor. Any player not handing in their scorecard immediately following the round, leaving the golf course with the official scorecard, or failing to sign the scorecard will be disqualified.


    The one ball rule will not be in effect for the championship. All equipment used during the event must be USGA conforming. It is the player’s responsibility to determine conformity. Any player using non-conforming equipment will be subject to disqualification. Electronic Measuring Devices will be allowed during play, as long they measure distance only.


    The Handicap Committee will aggressively monitor scores for handicap inaccuracies. The following is an overview of the steps taken to ensure an equitable tournament.

    1. Past players have gone through our score history program comparing a player’s incoming index with past performances. New players have gone through a rigorous screening process analyzing their incoming index.
    2. During the tournament, scores are also adjusted when exceptional rounds are posted. Players with a handicap adjustment during the event are noted by a “ADJ” next to their name on the flight score sheets.
    3. If a player’s handicap is adjusted, the committee will research that player- including past tournament scores, handicap indexes and rankings. At the end of this review, a decision is made whether or not to disqualify the competitor. Adjustments are not a requirement for disqualification.
    4. Any player to be found utilizing a NEW player ID when they are a returning player may be deemed ineligible for prizes.

    For a complete overview of the World Amateur Golf Championship handicap process, we invite you to click here.  Please remember the Myrtle Beach World Amateur reserves the right to disqualify any participant under any circumstance without refund at any point in the tournament process.

  • TIES

    Ties will only be broken for competitors tied for first place within the flight. If two or more players are tied for first place at the completion of all completed tournament rounds, all such players advance to the “Flight Winners Playoff Round” which will also act as an 18-hole playoff. The lowest 18-hole net score wins the playoff. If a tie still exists for first place, the back nine net scores from the playoff will be used and then the front nine net scores if necessary. If a tie still exists, the last completed tournament round will be used, and so on until the tie for first place is broken. If the “Flight Winners Playoff” round is cancelled or not completed, all players tied will be considered tied for first place for the tournament.

    Prize payout for ties will be split. For example, if the published 2nd place prize is $200 and 3rd place prize is $100 and two players are tied for second place, each player would split the total of second and third place prizing of $300 for a gift card of $150 each. If three players were tied for second place, the prizing amount for second place thru fourth place would then be totaled and split equally.


    Spectator allowance is determined by each host golf course. Spectators may not interfere with play, give advice or caddy for the participants. Spectators must remain on or near cart paths. Any participant accepting advice from a spectator will be disqualified.


    Bad weather is not of itself a good reason for discontinuing play. However, a player may discontinue play if he/she believes there is danger from lighting.

    In the event of inclement weather, please report to your assigned course. The delaying or cancellation of a round will be determined by the host facility. In the event of a round cancellation, the standings of the flights affected will be decided using the completed tournament rounds. One completed tournament round will constitute a tournament. No refunds will be made if the tournament is canceled or shortened due to weather, nature or act of God. You are welcome to call your host golf facility for an update using the phone number provided on the golf course directions/area map.


    Collared shirt/mock necks are required. No jeans, denims, jogging outfits or sweat pants are permitted. Swearing, vulgar language, club throwing, alcohol abuse, lack of etiquette may result in disqualification.


    The World Am will refund any participant that may cancel between their date of entry and August 7, 2015 minus a $25 cancellation fee. Any cancellation received after August 7, 2015 and before end of day August 28, 2015 will be refunded, minus a $125 cancellation fee. Cancellations received after August 28 will not be refunded any of their entry fee regardless of circumstance. Any cancellations must be in writing and sent to the Tournament staff either by email or by direct mail. Emails can be sent to and written cancellations may be sent to WAHC REFUNDS/3901 North Kings Hwy. Suite 22B/Myrtle Beach SC 29577.