World Am champ crowned


MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – On Friday at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club, Linda Fuller of Richmond, Texas, fulfilled a goal 26 years in the making by winning the 2009 PGA Tour Superstore World Am Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach. It marks the third consecutive year a woman has taken home the title.

An on-and-off participant in the World Am since its inception 26 years ago, Fuller finally broke through this year by outlasting more than 3,000 other amateur golfers from across the globe. The 16.8-handicapper was one of 64 flight winners to advance to the championship round, and then shot a 6-under-par net score Friday to take the title by two shots.

“It was a great week,” Fuller said. “It’s the best golf I’ve ever played. All week I just focused on my goal of winning the whole thing.”

Fuller, who plays out of Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club, made the 1,200-mile drive from Richmond, Texas to Myrtle Beach with her husband, Roger, who has was playing in his 26th straight World Am.