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Comings, Oyervides compete in China as World Am gross champs
Comings (2nd from left) and Oyervides (3rd from left) in China (World Am photo)
Comings (2nd from left) and Oyervides (3rd from left) in China (World Am photo)

HAINAN, China (Dec. 6, 2018) – The World Amateur Handicap Championship is big in every way – from tournament field to venues utilized to economic impact to winner’s spoils. After winning the gross division and senior gross division of the championship in August, Derrick Oyervides and Steve Comings earned a spot in the International Amateur Tournament in Hainan, China.

The event, held Nov. 20-25, was an adventure for both players. For Comings, it served as a maiden trip to China. The Odenton, Md., native plays out of Crofton Country Club, and an early winter left him little opportunity to polish his game. After a 15-hour flight, Comings arrived at Ancient Saltern Golf Club, met his caddie and battled a 20-mph wind in a picturesque setting.

“Everyone made us feel welcome and tried to help us while we there,” Comings said.

Comings paid dearly for a handful of loose swings, carding a triple- and quadruple-bogey on the way to an opening 82. He rebounded with rounds of 74-80 to finish inside the top 30.

Oyervides, meanwhile, logged rounds of 75-75-76 with his father on the bag and tied for 13th. It had been a goal for the Greer, S.C., resident to finish inside the top 10.

Either way, the International Amateur was a bucket-list trip for the World Am winners, and the cultural experiences were unforgettable. Comings detailed a memorable meal in downtown Yangpu, the city in which he stayed, that featured food served in its natural state – i.e., a chicken with the head still attached.

“It was the experience of a lifetime,” Comings said.

Providing such adventures is a hallmark of the World Am, which also annually sends the winners of the International Pairs event to Europe.

Information from Myrtle Beach World Amateur used in this report

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"The largest amateur golf tournament in the world" now has a gross division. The event attracts 3500 players annually. Barefoot Resort is just one of over 40 of Myrtle Beach area’s championship courses on which this tournament is contested. The winner of each flight competes on the fifth day for the overall title Senior Division ages 55-64, Super-Senior ages 65 and up.

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