updated 5/17/2011 1:16:32 PM ET 2011-05-17T17:16:32

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C., May 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southern Tide, a Greenville, S.C.-based manufacturer of a rapidly growing lifestyle brand of apparel, today announced that the company has been named an official apparel sponsor for the 2011 GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. More than 10,000 Southern Tide products will be provided for the anticipated 3,000 amateur golfers, in this year's tournament. Southern Tide featured items, which will be provided to golfers in the tournament gift bag, include the Skipjack polo, a Southern Tide logo Skipjack golf hat, along with assorted accessories. Tournament staff and volunteers will also be outfitted by Southern Tide.

"We are proud to be associated with the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship," said Jim Twining, CEO of Southern Tide. "To showcase our brand in one of the largest amateur golf tournaments in the world is yet another step in our brand strategy. Sharing our apparel and accessories with golf enthusiasts from the United States and around the world is very exciting!"

"We are delighted to have Southern Tide as an official apparel sponsor for the World Am," said Dave Macpherson, tournament director of the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship. "Their products fit so appropriately into the golf world, it makes perfect sense to have them as part of the event. We are certain the players, staff members, and volunteers will enjoy sporting their Southern Tide apparel during the tournament this year."

The 28th annual GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship will be held August 29 through September 2, 2011 as more than 3,000 amateur golfers from all 50 states and more than 20 countries are expected to converge on more than 60 Myrtle Beach area golf courses to compete for the right to be world amateur champion.

For more information about the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship, call (800) 833-8798, or visit WorldAmGolf.com.

For more information about Southern Tide, visit their website at SouthernTide.com, or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SouthernTide .

About the GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship

Hosted by Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday, GOLF.com World Amateur Handicap Championship is a 72-hole tournament with participants competing for the right to be crowned "World Amateur Golf Champion." Players are flighted according to their handicap and at the conclusion of the four rounds, flight winners advance to the 18-hole world championship playoff.

The World Am features six competitive divisions, ranging from men and women 49 years-of-age and under to the super seniors 70 years-of-age and older. The event's inclusiveness is apparent in its past champions. Players with handicaps as low as three and as high as 34 have won the World Championship and three women have earned the distinction. The defending champion is 74-year old Bobby Perkinson from Alcoa, Tenn.

The GOLF.com World Am is staged on more than 60 Myrtle Beach area golf courses and are some of the finest in the country including all four Barefoot Resort & Golf courses, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, True Blue Golf Plantation, Grande Dunes, TPC Myrtle Beach and all three courses at Myrtle Beach National.

About Southern Tide

Southern Tide, LLC is the Greenville, S.C.-based manufacturer of a rapidly growing lifestyle brand of apparel that boasts exceptional craftsmanship, clean lines, fine quality and classic design. The collection's original product, the Skipjack Polo, is deemed by customers to be the finest, most comfortable polo shirt in the world. Constructed of Southern Tide's exclusive fabric, True-Vent Micro PiqueTM, the Skipjack Polo provides for breathability and a slight stretch that allows for ease of motion while still maintaining its shape. Southern Tide's design of extraordinarily authentic and classic clothing that is intelligently constructed with the best available materials is featured in the collection's vast array of items including the Men's and Women's Skipjack Polo, Channel Marker Khaki Pants and Shorts, RT-7 Pants, Men's Sport Shirts, Sweaters, Skipjack Boxers, and Hats/Visors; as well as Short and Long-sleeve T-shirts and various accessories. Currently, the Southern Tide brand can be found exclusively at fine retailers in more than 40 states including South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Florida, Michigan, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Missouri, Tennessee, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Texas, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Connecticut, Iowa, Idaho, Washington D.C., New Mexico, Kansas, Arkansas, Maine, Kentucky, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, West Virginia, California, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Utah, Arizona, Puerto Rico, Bahamas and the Virgin Islands and online at Southerntide.com.

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