MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (August 29, 2014) -- Dennis
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.
The three players in the playoff were Rasku
(who carries a 9 handicap); Tony Wallace (a 5
handicapper from Fayetteville, N.C.); and Ben
Hamby, a 7 handicap from Winter Springs, Florida.
They all shot rounds of net 72 to get into the playoff.
In the playoff, Rasku hit his approach to 22 feet
and two-putted for par on the Dye Club's 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
MARK GARDINER WINS GROSS
Mark Gardiner of Mascoutah, Ill., (30 minutes
from St. Louis) 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. Gardiner, 51, a retired Air Force chief,
qualified for the US Senior Open earlier this year. Read a story about Mark's U.S.
Senior Open experience here.
Gardiner, a first time participant, knew about
the World Am because many of his military friends
play each year. What pushed him over the edge to
enter this year was the addition of the Gross
"It was really fun to come down and have
a chance to play and hang out with my military
friends," Gardiner told AmateurGolf.com in a
phone interview. "My goal was to finish in the
top 10 in order to qualify for the USA team in next
year's SINO-USA Cup matches," he continued.
"Myrtle Beach is a really fun place and I'm
really looking forward to that next year."
There is no doubt that Gardiner will be a
welcome addition to the USA team that needs to
capture a home-country victory next year in order to
even the record at 1-1. (Read about this year's World
Amateur SINO-USA Cup matches in China)
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.
ABOUT THE WORLD
The World Championship Playoff is the annual
culmination of the Myrtle Beach World Am, a 72-hole
net, stroke play event. This year, more than 3,400
players from 48 states and 34 countries vied for the
honor of hoisting the victor’s trophy. Players were
arranged into flights according to their handicap and
at the conclusion of the four rounds, all flight
winners (and ties) advanced to the 18-hole world
championship playoff. The World Am features five
competitive divisions, ranging from men and women
49 years-of-age and under to the super seniors, who
are 70 years-of-age and older. Players with
handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have
won the event.
The weather throughout the week was ideal. The
Dye Club, which has been ranked among America’s
100 Greatest Public Courses, was in pristine
condition and provided an excellent test of golf for
the finals. The World Am web site www.worldamgolf.com offers
a daily glimpse of the tournament with updated
standings, news releases and photographs.
The 32nd annual Myrtle Beach World Amateur
Handicap Championship will be held August 31 –
Sept. 4, 2015.
- The World Amateur tournament committee
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