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So I've been playing consistently (at least once a week) for about 4 months. I just registered for my 1st tournament. That being said, it's an unsanctioned tournament at my local course in early March. I figured what better place to play competitively at first.

I don't want this to come off conceited, but how would I know if I should play Rec or intermediate? I've gotten mixed opinions from the guys in my local club. I can "bomb" and scramble pretty well considering how new I am, so I would hate to show up have other guys get mad if I run away with it...not saying that that's going to happen. I really have no idea. Are there general rules of thumb for divisions? I was thinking play Rec at least until I win a sanctioned rec tourney then possibly move up?

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Old 01-07-2020, 08:26 PM
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You've only been playing four months and it's your first tournament. Rec is a perfectly reasonable place to start. If you do run away with it then you'll know to move up next time. But look at the scores in intermediate after the tournament to judge for yourself.

Don't worry if other folks get bent if you beat them. If they feel like someone that's been playing for four months is out of their league, that is their problem, not yours.

Most of all, relax and enjoy yourself.

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You've only been playing four months and it's your first tournament. Rec is a perfectly reasonable place to start. If you do run away with it then you'll know to move up next time. But look at the scores in intermediate after the tournament to judge for yourself.

Don't worry if other folks get bent if you beat them. If they feel like someone that's been playing for four months is out of their league, that is their problem, not yours.

Most of all, relax and enjoy yourself.
this! rec is appropriate to start in. no one who is reasonable would get bent out of shape getting beat by you if you just started playing. have fun!

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Old 01-07-2020, 09:51 PM
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The first time we entered a tournament we competed in Rec because we had never done a tournament before. Having only played casual rounds we had no idea how good or bad we would do. Turns out two of the guys I play with must be pretty good and ran away with not only that division but finished 1 and 2 overall. There were a lot of cranky people there that day. It was a good learning experience. The next tournament we played we went intermediate.

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Roller putts hardly ever work.
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I just signed up for my first tournament and I’ve been playing for about 5 months. I had just asked this question myself. Best of luck in your tournament!

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Roller putts hardly ever work.


No risk, no reward. Id go for it.
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Know the rules.
Act like you've been there before.
Pay attention, keep your head on a swivel.
You're gonna make bad shots, don't sweat it.
Mini, towels, water, nuts, banana.
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I suggest Craigs Corner stickied in the Technique and Strategy section, really great info in there about tournament prep as well as mindset. Danny Lindahl has a good first tournament prep vid too:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CoCbzD6Vb20

Both helped me feel comfortable going into my first tournament. Rereading the rules periodically always helps. Every time I do it I feel like I come away with a better understanding of the game.

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