World Amateur Championship

Clemens qualifies to play for World Am title

ablondin@thesunnews.comAugust 30, 2012 

— Roger Clemens has a chance to make more of an impact than just participating in the 29th annual World Amateur Handicap Championship.

The seven-time Cy Young Award winner from Texas entered Thursday’s scheduled fourth round tied for the lead in Flight 18 – for men ages 50-59 with handicaps between 6.8 and 7.5.

Because Flight 18’s fourth round was canceled when Litchfield Country Club was deemed unplayable due to heavy rain in recent days, Clemens qualifies for Friday’s championship round at the TPC of Myrtle Beach. His tee time is set for 8 a.m. and will start on the 10th hole.

Clemens shot rounds of 84 at Diamond Back Golf Club at Woodland Valley, 77 at the TPC of Myrtle Beach and 73 at the Hackler Course at Coastal Carolina for a 234 aggregate total and 210 net that has him tied with Mike Williams of Alabama atop the 42-player flight.

All players in or tied for the lead through Thursday in each of 68 flights in the nearly 3,100-player tournament on 60 Grand Strand courses qualify for the championship round.

Clemens and his wife, Debbie, are playing in the World Am for the second time. They also participated in 2010.

Clemens, who started a professional baseball game Saturday for the first time in nearly five years with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League, said Wednesday that he has a second start with the Skeeters scheduled Sept. 7.

Contact ALAN BLONDIN at 626-0284.

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