Rain hits Myrtle Beach but the World Amateur Handicap Championship rolls on
28 Aug 2012
by Benjamin Larsen of AmateurGolf.com

see also: Myrtle Beach World Amateur Golf Tournament, Barefoot Resort - Dye Course

Roger Clemens is playing for a 2nd year
Roger Clemens is playing for a 2nd year

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Aug. 28, 2012) -- Another day of rain and golf hit the Grand Strand area with some of the 3,091 competitors at the 2012 Golf.com World Amateur Handicap Championship playing more than others.

Play at Willbrook Plantation was stopped after just nine holes, which put an end to this reporter's comeback bid after a rollercoaster Round 1. I'll hope the swing continues to find itself in Round 3 on Wednesday.

Willbrook was among the courses that stopped play but many others played through the wet weather that sat itself over the area throughout the day.

Round 2 scores will soon be posted by the World Amateur staff but there were some great cards signed on Day 1.

Perhaps the most talked about golfer in the field is Roger Clemens. The Rocket shot an 84 at Diamond Back in Loris (keep an eye out for a review on the tough course soon on amateurgolf.com).

Clemens may be the most talked about golfer here in Myrtle Beach but he isn't the lowest. Among the low net players after Round 1 are Jack Sheehan and Mike Schmidt (Flight 1, Net 71).

In Flight 2, Michael Batten (68) and Barry Brennan (70) went low, as did Johannes Erasmus (Flight 3, 68) and Steve Greer and Dallas Millan (70s).

Flight 4 saw three players in the 60s with Jamie McCord (68), Orrie Rockwell (69) and Jeremy Sutton (69) getting off to great starts. Flight 5 include four players break 70 with Lance Humphrey going very low with a net 65.

Flight 9's Chuck Spittler shot a 65 in Round 1 while Daniel Van Tassell of Flight 10 shot a gross 79, which resulted in a net 64.

Chadwick Burton flew out of Flight 13 to a first-round 65.

Among the senior competitors, David Gorrell of Flight 19 is the first-round leader in the clubhouse after a first-round 66. Ricky Napper and Bruce Hollis (Flight 22) both netted first-round 65s. Flight 23's Denny Miller (65) and John Wischer (66) both went low, too.

John Weeks of Flight 24 shot a 65, along with Rick Murgittroyd (Flight 26). Michael Lenett of Flight 30 shot a net 63 while a trio of competitors (Joseph Lesniak, John Yanni and Victor Buitrago) from Flight 55 all netted first-round 62s to lead all competitors. Super senior Robert Kannarr also shot a first-round 62 playing in Flight 62.

Patricia Parker leads all women after a first-round net 63.

We'll continue daily updates throughout the remainder of the event.

ABOUT THE Myrtle Beach World Amateur

"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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