Stiffler pulls away on moving day at Myrtle Beach World Am
Day 3 at the Myrtle Beach World Am
Day 3 at the Myrtle Beach World Am

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Aug. 29, 2018) – As the second half of the Myrtle Beach World Amateur Handicap Championship started on Wednesday, it was the right time for several players – especially those near the top of their respective leaderboard – to make a move and start thinking about the outcome. There are 65 divisions under way at the event, and golfers are scattered over 55 area courses (each division has its own four-course rotation for the week).

Even though it’s a Wednesday, you might call it moving day.

In the gross division, Bobby Stiffler didn’t just take the lead, he pulled away with it. A third-round 70 at Meadowlands Golf Club left Stiffler alone at the top, and with a five-shot cushion on Derrick Oyervides and Zach Alred in second place. Stiffler had the lowest round of the day in his division by two shots.

In the senior gross division, the final day will come down to two men – and potentially even more. Steve Humphrey and Steve Comings share the lead with a 223 total for 54 holes, but the leaderboard is tight behind them. They’ll play Thursday’s final round at Willbrook Plantation Golf Club.

The top three places (and ties) in each gross division will play off for the championship title on Friday. Among the handicap flights, the top player (plus ties) will move on to a championship round Friday.

Nicholas Lorenzo, for one, has a plan is to be consistent on the final day. Lorenzo is fourth in his senior men’s flight (ages 50-59) but only four off the pace with a cumulative net score of 220. In his experience, “the guy who is the most consistent is usually in the best scoring position for the final day.”

“The rough is a little tough, I had to play a little conservative because I didn’t want to go into trouble,” Lorenzo said of his day. “I was able to hold on, shot second lowest round of my group today and I’m in third place. I’m quite happy.”

ABOUT THE Myrtle Beach World Amateur

"The largest amateur golf tournament in the world" now has 4 gross divisions. 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.

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