- World Amateur Handicap Championship brings together over 3,000 golfers
- Bob Yelton has battled personal adversity to tee up for 29th straight time
- His wife died before last year's tournament and he had heart attack this year
- Baseball star Roger Clemens among competitors in 2012 tournament
If they were handing out awards for courage in the face of personal trauma, 70-year-old Bob Yelton would scoop the lot at this week's World Amateur Handicap Championships.
Yelton is one of just 13 golfers who have played in all 28 previous editions of the biggest tournament of its type in the world, which brings nearly 3,100 players from 25 countries and 49 states of the U.S. to the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina.
His streak was nearly broken last year, and in the circumstances nobody would have held it against him if he had taken time out.
Just before the tournament, Martha, his wife of 22 years, was taken ill and passed away just a week later.
There had been no hint of a problem -- Martha taught at a community school in Shelby in North Carolina and played a bit of golf herself.
"She mostly just walked the course with me," recalled Bob.