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Myrtle Beach World Am heating up as final day approaches
Sunrise on Pawley's Plantation GC (Myrtle Beach Golf/Twitter)
Sunrise on Pawley's Plantation GC (Myrtle Beach Golf/Twitter)

There are more than 3,000 players at the Myrtle Beach World Amateur this week. The heavyweights – i.e., the players in the gross division – competed at a college venue in Wednesday’s third round. The competition didn’t disappoint at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina – a flat, tree-lined design with huge sloping greens.

Scoring conditions were ideal on Wednesday even though it was the hottest day of the week so far. Christopher Reina had a third-round 66, the lowest round of the division so far this week, to take the lead from first- and second-day leader Kevin Wheeler.

Right behind Reina, AmateurGolf.com’s own Kyle Rector had the only other sub-70 score of the day in this division. Rector followed up opening rounds of 72-73 with a third-round 69. He will enter the final round trailing by two shots with his 214 total.

Eric King, who is solo third, also remains in the mix after a third-round 71. He is one shot behind Rector with a 215 total. Wheeler is next at 219. He dropped to 76 on Wednesday.

At the conclusion of Thursday’s fourth round, all flight winners and ties will advance to the Flight Winner’s Playoff at Barefoot Resort’s Dye Course, where a World Champion will be crowned. The World Am is made up of 67 flights, everything from gross to “just for fun.”

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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