MURRELLS INLET, S.C. Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 retired electrical engineer is the lowest handicap to win the event since Dennis Connors won it with a 3.3 handicap in 1995.
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."
"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 the players for coming to Myrtle Beach to participate in this event."
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.
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 28th annual GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship will be held August 29 – September 2, 2011.
SOURCE Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday