World Am golfers are swinging in the rain

More than 3,000 golfers are on the Grand Strand this week for the World Amateur Handicap Championship and they're having to learn how to play through mud.

After several days of steady rain, the water hazards are, well, everywhere at this year's World Am.

Golfers are dodging puddles, bypassing storm drains and trying to find any dry spot they can to land a golf ball.

"Hit it in the fairway and hope to pick it clean and don't wear the mud all day," said Jim Steward from Denison, Texas.

The tournament doesn't offer refunds for bad weather, so golfers who came here from places like Pittsburgh and Chattanooga felt like they just had to keep playing, rain or shine.

Tuesday was the worst of it.

"It was very tough, there was a lot of rain, lot of sloppiness, more rain than I've ever played in in my life," said Chip Muller from Chattanooga.

For many golfers, the key to playing on a waterlogged course to bring along a lot of extra socks.

"Yes, I have about three pairs in the trunk of my car and I'm sure that my feet with be pruned by the end of the day, too," said Tom

Jorjorian of Atlanta.

"You know they do make shoes that are waterproof, but I don't have them, so my feet get wet," added Bob Mills from Raleigh, NC.

For those golfers coming from states suffering through a drought, the rain this week seems like a welcome change, though it's still falling in the wrong place.

"Wish we had some of this rain in Texas, let me tell you," Steward said.

There have been worse conditions than this for the World Am. Jorjorian recalled once finishing up the tournament during a tropical storm. Many golfers are also relieved that at least they managed to avoid Hurricane Isaac.

Still, to want to trudge through puddles for four days to play the game takes dedicated golfers.

"Yes, and there's several thousand here," Jorjorian said.

This week proves he's right.

The World Am Championship wraps up with a playoff round at the TPC course in Murrells Inlet on Friday.