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WRXers Scratch Amateur Tournaments Thread: Commitments, Results, etc....

ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX
edited October 2018 in Instruction & Academy
“There are two kinds of golf. There is golf and there is tournament golf. They are not the same.” ~Bobby Jones





So this is going to be a thread for any and all tournament results for scratch amateur tournaments. My goal with this thread is to get as many guys and gals playing scratch tournament golf as possible. If you're a 4.9 index golfer or lower, your index is low enough to enter many scratch amateur tournaments in your area.



This thread is for you to post:
  • Your commitment to play tournaments: "This year I plan to play the following tournaments...."
  • Your actual tournament sign-ups: "Today I signed up for the _____ tournament in my area..."
  • Your thoughts heading into tournaments: "Game firing on all cylinders. Can't wait to tee it up next week...."
  • Your results form tournaments you play in (the good, the bad, and the indifferent): "Shot 71, 75 and made the cut, then shot 84 the final round. Pissed!!" ;-)
  • Questions about tournament golf: "I'm about to play in my first tournament, what do I do about ...."
  • Anything else at all related to scratch tournament golf...


I have two golf passions:
  1. Playing tournament golf
  2. Encouraging and helping others to play tournament golf


And it all starts with a commitment to play in events. The rest follows from that initial commitment and then the actual action of signing up for an event. And hopefully showing up on the first tee on time! ;-)



I'll start....
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  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX
    SCGA (Southern California Golf Association) Four-Ball Qualifier this coming Thursday at Rustic Canyon. Usually takes 68 or 69 to qualify unless the weather is really tough.



    Two years ago, my buddy and I qualified on the same course with a 78, better-ball! wind was 25 sustained, gusts to 50! I couldn't reach either of the par 5's on the back-nine in THREE shots!!



    Weather this year looks to be much better....
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  • ebrasmus21ebrasmus21 Serial Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 5,006 ✭✭
    Obee - cool idea for a thread!



    I'm an NCGA member, besides that how should I be researching the tournament scene in my area (Fresno CA)?
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  • irvtrainirvtrain Advanced Members Posts: 989
    I like it. It would be good to post upcoming tournaments guys might be interested especially if they're on fantastic courses etc. End of the season so far for me but hoping to get to one or two winter tourneys somewhere.
  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX
    This is a spreadsheet that I maintain year to year. It lists pretty much all of the stuff in SoCal that I can think of. I'm sure I'm missed a few, but not many....



    There is ALWAYS something going on in Southern California. You are pretty much never more than a week or two away from some kind of tournament to play.



    https://www.dropbox.com/s/u1274ntc0fcxq6w/2018 Amateur Golf Tournaments Calendar Schedule excel.xlsx?dl=0



    Let me know if that link does not work....
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  • NPVWhizNPVWhiz Advanced Members Posts: 1,976
    edited October 2018
    I’ll get in early. I’m just moving in to the senior ranks here locally. I’ve been away from tournament golf for about 12 years with kids sports. Previously I’ve played Local and National publinx and MidAm tournaments with only modest success. This year I had some time to get my putting and short game sharpened back up and I played in the local GA mid-am, and another local GA senior and mid-am. I live right in between two metro areas so that provides a few more opportunities.



    I’ve had a bit of a hitch in my plans due to a TFCC tear in my left wrist from a car accident in 2017, which has ranged from an annoyance to a weeks off at a time problem. My first round back was a tough slog into the 80s as new irons and driver left me searching for any kind of form.



    Last competitive round of the year was from 6700 on a fine Ross layout that was a bit damp and unbearably hot and humid but things came together for an acceptable 76 that was a good back-in-the-saddle round. Then, as quick as it came, it seems that the tourney season locally is wrapped up.



    I’d like to find some way to keep some momentum, but the next tournament for me is likely to be in April or May of next year unless I can find some travel tournaments to play. Seems like a tough order with the Nov and Dec holiday season coming up. Maybe early spring will afford some chance to get some additional competitive rounds in. I felt really fortunate to get back into the heat of it again this year. Index has moved back into the fives with the return of some old reliable sticks into the bag. I hope to get down to the threes next year that will travel at 6600-6700. That’s going to require a little additional work on driver ball speed.
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  • marcwhumarcwhu Members Posts: 64 ✭✭
    Awesome thread!



    I played in a state amateur event here in South Africa, and tbh, it wasn't pretty. 82-74, MC by 8 (Winning total of -27 btw!?!!) However, it was my first tourney back after an elbow injury, so didn't have the highest expectations.



    Positives :



    - Ballstriking in Rd2. I hit 10 fairways and 14 greens. Missed 3 of 4 greens with a SW, so could've been even better.



    Negatives :



    - PUTTING!!! 36 stabs both days. Combined SG of -11.4 over the 2 days.



    Next one coming up is The Bobby Locke Open beginning of November. Putting has sharpened up since then, so should be all systems go by then!
  • dg_1983dg_1983 Advanced Members Posts: 1,283
    Just as the Scottish season is coming to an end! Did shoot -14 scratch in a scramble yesterday........for 3rd place!!!!
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  • lhahnlhahn Advanced Members Posts: 368
    Is it too early to post about next year's plans/goals?



    I played in my first ever tournament this past year and I've definitely got the bug.
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  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX
    lhahn wrote:


    Is it too early to post about next year's plans/goals?



    I played in my first ever tournament this past year and I've definitely got the bug.




    Of course not. For many guys, the season is either coming to an end or already over! Definitely post your plans for the upcoming year!
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  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX
    dg_1983 wrote:


    Just as the Scottish season is coming to an end! Did shoot -14 scratch in a scramble yesterday........for 3rd place!!!!




    Would definitely love to hear your plans for the coming year. What tournaments do you plan to play. What are your strengths and weaknesses, etc.



    I had the pleasure of playing in Scotland four years ago. Amazing.



    Carnoustie (Loved it!)

    Old Course (Easily in my top 10 all time)

    Jubilee (Tight, tough, and a blast!)

    Castle (HORRIBLE)

    Kingsbarns (Heaven on earth)
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  • MonteScheinblumMonteScheinblum Rebellion Golf Sponsors Posts: 18,146 ✭✭
    Obee wrote:

    dg_1983 wrote:


    Just as the Scottish season is coming to an end! Did shoot -14 scratch in a scramble yesterday........for 3rd place!!!!




    Would definitely love to hear your plans for the coming year. What tournaments do you plan to play. What are your strengths and weaknesses, etc.



    I had the pleasure of playing in Scotland four years ago. Amazing.



    Carnoustie (Loved it!)

    Old Course (Easily in my top 10 all time)

    Jubilee (Tight, tough, and a blast!)

    Castle (HORRIBLE)

    Kingsbarns (Heaven on earth)




    I only disagree on one of those.



    If they made huge improvements to the castle course and made it significantly better, it would then achieve the level of horrible.
  • StallStall Advanced Members Posts: 393
    Obee wrote:

    dg_1983 wrote:


    Just as the Scottish season is coming to an end! Did shoot -14 scratch in a scramble yesterday........for 3rd place!!!!




    Would definitely love to hear your plans for the coming year. What tournaments do you plan to play. What are your strengths and weaknesses, etc.



    I had the pleasure of playing in Scotland four years ago. Amazing.



    Carnoustie (Loved it!)

    Old Course (Easily in my top 10 all time)

    Jubilee (Tight, tough, and a blast!)

    Castle (HORRIBLE)

    Kingsbarns (Heaven on earth)




    I'm Scottish and I've played them all bar Carnoustie.



    I actually had my first game on the Castle 6 weeks ago and nah, it wasn't for me at all. Kingsbarns however is a gem. Played it again on Sunday afternoon, sun was out, flat calm. Played out my skin. +6 with a treble at a par 3.



    If I can knock another stroke off my 'cap next season then I can try and participate in your scratch am thread Obee.
  • SNIPERBBBSNIPERBBB Hit Ball Hard Advanced Members Posts: 2,006 ✭✭
    I'm hoping with the new owner at our course we'll have some real tournaments outside our club championship and interclub Ryder cup tournament. Can't really take time off work to play and practice in some of the state/USGA am stuff.
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  • finleysgfinleysg Advanced Members Posts: 1,233
    I love tournament golf. The "majors" for me every year:



    MN State Sr. Open

    MN State Sr. Public Links

    My own clubs Sr. Club Championship (we have some really good seniors)

    MN State Sr. Amateur



    When I can get my regular partner out of the house, I play in the Sr. Four Ball and the pubinks version of the Sr. Four Ball. Love playing that format, but it doesn't get me as charged up and nervous as the first four.



    2018 was a disappointment because I played poorly in these events that mean the most to me.
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  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Advanced Members Posts: 5,417 ✭✭
    Ok, Obee. Great prompt. I see from your awesome spreadsheet there is a SCGA Sr Am Championship in June next year. A 9 index is needed (ha... we guys at 5-9 pay for the subsequent rounds for those who advance). But I'm going to target that process. There are two cuts, one after the first round, then a second after 2 more rounds. My goal would be to make the first cut... looks like mid-70's is needed. That's doable.



    That's a great goal for me, thanks for posting this. I will keep this thread updated.

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  • vietnameehvietnameeh HIT BALL FAR NOT BALL STRAIGHT Advanced Members Posts: 1,849
    edited October 2018
    ebrasmus21 wrote:


    Obee - cool idea for a thread!



    I'm an NCGA member, besides that how should I be researching the tournament scene in my area (Fresno CA)?




    I am an NCGA member as well, however you handicap if its correct on here, You wouldn't be able to apply for any of the championship events. But the NCGA website is very helpful as far as finding tournaments and applying for them



    Ive been away from competitive golf for 4-5 years. This 2019 season will be me getting back into it and playing with all the kiddies lol.



    Plans so far are all the NCGA qualifiers, Cal state Am qualifier and depending where my game is at I will do the US am and midam qualifiers. Depending on time and $$$ I will play the local city tournaments that I know the course well.



    My handicap however is reflecting about 4-5 stroke worse than when I was playing a lot of tournament golf. So I need to focus on that lol. Plan on getting into more data analysis since my practice time is no longer what it use to be.



    Thankfully I play with a group of some of the best Mid-ams and seniors in the area in a skinsgame... a lot of donating on my part but it's always best to play with better players than you... right?
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  • melly9melly9 Members Posts: 29
    I played in my first tournament ever a month ago and I definitely got bit by the bug. Excited about this thread. Great idea!
  • lhahnlhahn Advanced Members Posts: 368
    edited October 2018
    Obee wrote:


    Of course not. For many guys, the season is either coming to an end or already over! Definitely post your plans for the upcoming year!




    Due to my back injury I was only able to play in one (and my first ever http://www.golfwrx.c...ent-experience/) tournament this year. Hoping to get 3 to 4 in next year but going to take it one at a time.



    Vancouver is a bit hurting for Am events but here's what I have planned...



    Marine Drive Amateur - first week of June

    BC Zone 4 Amateur - end of June (but I might be in LA for a wedding so maybe the BC (state) Mid-Am instead)

    Maybe something in August if my back is OK.

    Bellingham Amateur - beginning of Sept



    Goals: I want to win all three events.

    Realistic goals:

    - I want to shoot nothing higher than 79 and make the cut in the Zone or Mid-Am.

    - Enjoy golf and stay focused on PSR on EVERY shot



    Great idea for this thread Dave! Super excited to practice for next year.
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  • ebrasmus21ebrasmus21 Serial Shanker Advanced Members Posts: 5,006 ✭✭
    vietnameeh wrote:

    ebrasmus21 wrote:


    Obee - cool idea for a thread!



    I'm an NCGA member, besides that how should I be researching the tournament scene in my area (Fresno CA)?




    I am an NCGA member as well, however you handicap if its correct on here, You wouldn't be able to apply for any of the championship events. But the NCGA website is very helpful as far as finding tournaments and applying for them



    Ive been away from competitive golf for 4-5 years. This 2019 season will be me getting back into it and playing with all the kiddies lol.



    Plans so far are all the NCGA qualifiers, Cal state Am qualifier and depending where my game is at I will do the US am and midam qualifiers. Depending on time and $$$ I will play the local city tournaments that I know the course well.



    My handicap however is reflecting about 4-5 stroke worse than when I was playing a lot of tournament golf. So I need to focus on that lol. Plan on getting into more data analysis since my practice time is no longer what it use to be.



    Thankfully I play with a group of some of the best Mid-ams and seniors in the area in a skinsgame... a lot of donating on my part but it's always best to play with better players than you... right?




    Thanks for the info - what does one's index need to be to qualify for these tournaments?
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  • vietnameehvietnameeh HIT BALL FAR NOT BALL STRAIGHT Advanced Members Posts: 1,849
    edited October 2018
    ebrasmus21 wrote:

    vietnameeh wrote:

    ebrasmus21 wrote:


    Obee - cool idea for a thread!



    I'm an NCGA member, besides that how should I be researching the tournament scene in my area (Fresno CA)?




    I am an NCGA member as well, however you handicap if its correct on here, You wouldn't be able to apply for any of the championship events. But the NCGA website is very helpful as far as finding tournaments and applying for them



    Ive been away from competitive golf for 4-5 years. This 2019 season will be me getting back into it and playing with all the kiddies lol.



    Plans so far are all the NCGA qualifiers, Cal state Am qualifier and depending where my game is at I will do the US am and midam qualifiers. Depending on time and $$$ I will play the local city tournaments that I know the course well.



    My handicap however is reflecting about 4-5 stroke worse than when I was playing a lot of tournament golf. So I need to focus on that lol. Plan on getting into more data analysis since my practice time is no longer what it use to be.



    Thankfully I play with a group of some of the best Mid-ams and seniors in the area in a skinsgame... a lot of donating on my part but it's always best to play with better players than you... right?




    Thanks for the info - what does one's index need to be to qualify for these tournaments?




    I take it back... your handicap is fine... looks like you need 5.4 or lower



    For some reason I thought it had to be like a 3 or better my apologies
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  • TerpFangolferTerpFangolfer Advanced Members Posts: 567
    Awesome thread Obee!



    I'm currently 7.2 (but formerly been as low as 1.6 back in my 30s) => determined to get back sub 5 for my age 55 year (Sr Am eligibility). Turn 55 in August 2019...

    Step 1 starts with a visit to Dan C (iteachgolf) this Thursday - leave tomorrow to Jax!! Cannot wait...



    I'm in MSGA (Maryland)



    In 2019 I intend to play GC AM Tour events (as many as I can fit in) + Md State Md-Am & Md State Sr Am, and possibly the same for WMGA (Wash Metro area) events (Mid & Sr Am).

    And if game is decent by summer - probably try USGA Sr Am qualifying...



    I think my days of trying the regular Am events are over - college kids win all of those!



    I'll follow back up in 2019 with actual registrations, results, etc
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  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX
    Love these replies, guys. Keep 'em comin'!
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  • Ty_WebbTy_Webb Advanced Members Posts: 2,904 ✭✭
    I have two events in the next 7 days. Richardson Memorial at Seawane on Thursday (and hopefully Friday and Saturday). It's on the water and last year was blowing crazy. Forecast for Thursday is cold and breezy. Lovely. Top 16 go into matchplay. Probably about 73 or 74 to qualify is my guess.



    Then Monday/Tuesday next week is the Sarazen Invitational at Fresh Meadow. Good fun golf course. It's two rounds, cut after first round to 30 and ties. Probably about 76 or 77 gets through. Last year I was about middle of the pack making the cut going into round 2. Was really windy and dark when we started. They pushed tee times early because of the weather. Interesting. Made 8 at the last. Plugged my approach in the back of a bunker. Couldn't get it out, then tried to get cute and didn't get it out again. Then knocked it out to about 10 feet. Started to rake the bunker. Playing partner said "you should mark that first". The wind blew my ball off the green as I was running up there to mark it. Chipped up to about 4 feet above the hole and missed it. Not my finest hour. Rest of the round was not too bad as long as I wasn't between 50 and 100 yards away. Then I couldn't hit the green.



    Thursday should be interesting. Second game out. Realfeel is going to be 29 and I haven't played since 9/26. Range is irons only and the first hole is tight. Haven't decided how I'm going to play it yet. Will depend on the wind direction.
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  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX

    Obee wrote:

    dg_1983 wrote:


    Just as the Scottish season is coming to an end! Did shoot -14 scratch in a scramble yesterday........for 3rd place!!!!




    Would definitely love to hear your plans for the coming year. What tournaments do you plan to play. What are your strengths and weaknesses, etc.



    I had the pleasure of playing in Scotland four years ago. Amazing.



    Carnoustie (Loved it!)

    Old Course (Easily in my top 10 all time)

    Jubilee (Tight, tough, and a blast!)

    Castle (HORRIBLE)

    Kingsbarns (Heaven on earth)




    I only disagree on one of those.



    If they made huge improvements to the castle course and made it significantly better, it would then achieve the level of horrible.




    It's hard to put into words just how awful the place is, isn't it? It's so ridiculously, horribly contrived. You can miss on the correct side of a tough hole, hit a pretty good pitch shot, roll off the green and 40 yards away. And that's from the LONG side of some greens!!! LOL!!!
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  • dg_1983dg_1983 Advanced Members Posts: 1,283
    My local club championships is always a highlight. Lots of scratch or + guys so takes a good 36 hole score to qualify. I'd like to progress to the match play, not getting enough play time to challenge for it.



    Weakness - Driving - it is causing too many headaches and not setting up enough strong birdie setup chances. This was highlighted at the weekend scramble, my team mate was genuinely hitting middle of every fairway 300ish, it really makes mince meat of most holes doing that.



    Strengths - 160yrds inwards - skytrak is really helping me bring my proximity to the hole in from this range.



    Everything else is mediocre just not given lack of play time.
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  • bladehunterbladehunter Today was a good day.... Advanced Members Posts: 24,211 ✭✭
    Awesome thread pal !



    I’m working on my schedule for next year now. I’ll be sure to post when I have it figured out.
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  • PowderedToastManPowderedToastMan Advanced Members Posts: 3,695 ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    Due to injury, I only played 4 rounds of golf last year. I’m hoping to be healed up and play a few events. If I get back to my previous level of play, US Open qualifying will be what I have my eyes set on. But I have to say something that people might not like so get your pitchforks ready...



    I hate that Bobby Jones quote! (one must remember the reasons why Jones said that; he lost some 15-20 pounds during the course of tournaments and would get extremely ill). Golf is golf. It takes some adjustment getting used to tournament pressure and conditions, but it’s the same game. The mental hurdle is as big as you make it out to be.
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  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX


    Due to injury, I only played 4 rounds of golf last year. I'm hoping to be healed up and play a few events. If I get back to my previous level of play, US Open qualifying will be what I have my eyes set on. But I have to say something that people might not like so get your pitchforks ready...



    I hate that Bobby Jones quote! (one must remember the reasons why Jones said that; he lost some 15-20 pounds during the course of tournaments and would get extremely ill). Golf is golf. It takes some adjustment getting used to tournament pressure and conditions, but it's the same game. The mental hurdle is as big as you make it out to be.




    Plenty of people make that hurdle plenty big, my friend! My goal in pointing it out is to help more people over it. :-)
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  • PowderedToastManPowderedToastMan Advanced Members Posts: 3,695 ✭✭
    Obee wrote:



    Due to injury, I only played 4 rounds of golf last year. I'm hoping to be healed up and play a few events. If I get back to my previous level of play, US Open qualifying will be what I have my eyes set on. But I have to say something that people might not like so get your pitchforks ready...



    I hate that Bobby Jones quote! (one must remember the reasons why Jones said that; he lost some 15-20 pounds during the course of tournaments and would get extremely ill). Golf is golf. It takes some adjustment getting used to tournament pressure and conditions, but it's the same game. The mental hurdle is as big as you make it out to be.




    Plenty of people make that hurdle plenty big, my friend! My goal in pointing it out is to help more people over it. :-)


    I agree with you that plenty do. My approach is just different than yours in that I directly attack a beloved figure in the game of golf image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' /> for the record I love Robert T. Jones. Please nobody hack my computer and steal my identity as payback.
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  • vietnameehvietnameeh HIT BALL FAR NOT BALL STRAIGHT Advanced Members Posts: 1,849
    I like the bobby jones quote only because I feel like it applies to all the local course "weekend pros" that say they are scratch golfers on paper but never played a "real" golf tournament. When they finally do they can't break 80



    I agree with you both obee and ren and stimpy (I mean powdered toast man lol)
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    vietnameeh wrote:


    I like the bobby jones quote only because I feel like it applies to all the local course "weekend pros" that say they are scratch golfers on paper but never played a "real" golf tournament. When they finally do they can't break 80



    I agree with you both obee and ren and stimpy (I mean powdered toast man lol)




    I've always wondered: What is the "eeh" part of your nickname, "Vietnameeh"?
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  • vietnameehvietnameeh HIT BALL FAR NOT BALL STRAIGHT Advanced Members Posts: 1,849
    Obee wrote:

    vietnameeh wrote:


    I like the bobby jones quote only because I feel like it applies to all the local course "weekend pros" that say they are scratch golfers on paper but never played a "real" golf tournament. When they finally do they can't break 80



    I agree with you both obee and ren and stimpy (I mean powdered toast man lol)




    I've always wondered: What is the "eeh" part of your nickname, "Vietnameeh"?




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  • gatorMDgatorMD Hacker-in-Chief ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 4,111 ClubWRX
    Great thread Obee.



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    Nov 2 single day @ WW Pine barrons



    Dec 16-17 Winter Series @ Laurel Oak CC



    Last couple of tourneys played horrible so hoping to finish the year with a strong result.



    Goal for 2019 to play at least 1 event per month and finally crack playing well in tourneys (very few ever solid toureny rounds vs casual golf rounds).



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  • Ralphyboy84Ralphyboy84 Advanced Members Posts: 146 ✭✭
    Cool thread. I’m also Scottish and have played the amateur scene the last few years here with no great success. The best I did was reaching the third round of the Scottish amateur back in 2014. I’ve not played much Scottish stuff the last year or so, funnily enough I’ve played more down south. Last year I played scratch 36 hole opens at Formby, Southport and Ainsdale, Hillside and Royal Birkdale. All for a combined cost of about £200. This year I played the South East of England Links Championship which is 72 holes played over Royal St George’s and Royal Cinque Ports. The highlight of my year was shooting 74 at Royal St George’s off the Open tees. That’s one **** of a golf course.



    I love going away playing in these sort of things as you get to play great golf courses in tournament conditions for a fraction of the normal price! Last year I got 3 rounds at Royal Dornoch for £40 and in 2015 I got 4 at Cruden Bay for £45. Both were in 72 hole opens.



    Next year I’m eyeing up the Walton Heath Trophy. Apart from that I’ll wait and see where the big Scottish events are and if they are at courses that appeal to me I’ll enter
  • getitdailygetitdaily Advanced Members Posts: 2,432 ✭✭
    edited October 2018
    +.2 here and in florida. Don't plan to play any fsga events the rest of the year and no plans for tournament golf the rest of the year either. Will play in skins games and just general Nassau games with other low cap guys I know, but that's about it.



    Next competitive rounds will be a 30 man Texas trip in March for 4 days. May then play golfweek tour next year. Played 7 events this year but the tourney director likes to set the champ flight up at 6600 or under.



    I likely won't play any fsga or usga stuff next year either. I have a 4 year old and 4 month old (both boys) so any travel golf or golf that requires time off work for a qualifier just isn't me right now. Did all of that back in the early 2000s and just not sure I want to get back to that yet. My 4 yr old shows ability so when he gets older then maybe more competitive stuff will be in order.



    Sorry to be a party pooper in the thread. I love competitive golf too, am just limited to local one day events for a bit.
  • sleezytsleezyt Advanced Members Posts: 361 ✭✭
    lhahn wrote:

    Obee wrote:


    Of course not. For many guys, the season is either coming to an end or already over! Definitely post your plans for the upcoming year!




    Due to my back injury I was only able to play in one (and my first ever [url="http://www.golfwrx.com/forums/topic/1644858-my-first-tournament-experience/"]http://www.golfwrx.c...ent-experience/[/url]) tournament this year. Hoping to get 3 to 4 in next year but going to take it one at a time.



    Vancouver is a bit hurting for Am events but here's what I have planned...



    Marine Drive Amateur - first week of June

    BC Zone 4 Amateur - end of June (but I might be in LA for a wedding so maybe the BC (state) Mid-Am instead)

    Maybe something in August if my back is OK.

    Bellingham Amateur - beginning of Sept



    Goals: I want to win all three events.

    Realistic goals:

    - I want to shoot nothing higher than 79 and make the cut in the Zone or Mid-Am.

    - Enjoy golf and stay focused on PSR on EVERY shot



    Great idea for this thread Dave! Super excited to practice for next year.


    Make your way to the island if you can. almost every course has a mens amateur. Two day stroke play events with great prize tables. Well run. As a 1.0 index i usually finish 5-20th so always feel im right there for a win! I played 9 events and my goal was to win one. I came second in one tournament with a weaker field. Was also one stroke off a playoff to be exempt for canadian am.



    Same goals for next year.
  • ThinkingPlusThinkingPlus ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 1,453 ClubWRX
    Just returned from playing the Texas Senior Women's Stroke Play tournament. Weather was pretty dreadful. Mid to high 50s, raining/misting, and breezy. We got in 5 holes of the first round before the sky opened. Only played 10 holes total the first day. Played the last two rounds LCP.



    I played horrible the first round. Not used to playing such wet conditions and hacked it around badly (it was embarrassing). Adjusted and played much better the final two rounds to get 2nd.



    Plan on playing the following next year:

    Womens CC

    TSWGA Tournament (match play for senior women - I played the first time this year)

    Texas Women's Stroke Play (get my a$$ kicked by the kids - I played the first time this year)

    Texas Senior Women's Stroke Play

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  • swizbeatzswizbeatz Advanced Members Posts: 5,579 ✭✭


    Just returned from playing the Texas Senior Women's Stroke Play tournament. Weather was pretty dreadful. Mid to high 50s, raining/misting, and breezy. We got in 5 holes of the first round before the sky opened. Only played 10 holes total the first day. Played the last two rounds LCP.



    I played horrible the first round. Not used to playing such wet conditions and hacked it around badly (it was embarrassing). Adjusted and played much better the final two rounds to get 2nd.



    Plan on playing the following next year:

    Womens CC

    TSWGA Tournament (match play for senior women - I played the first time this year)

    Texas Women's Stroke Play (get my a$$ kicked by the kids - I played the first time this year)

    Texas Senior Women's Stroke Play

    Mens CC (if they let me and it doesn't conflict with above)




    Would you be playing from the same tees in the men’s CC?
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  • ThinkingPlusThinkingPlus ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 1,453 ClubWRX
    swizbeatz wrote:



    Just returned from playing the Texas Senior Women's Stroke Play tournament. Weather was pretty dreadful. Mid to high 50s, raining/misting, and breezy. We got in 5 holes of the first round before the sky opened. Only played 10 holes total the first day. Played the last two rounds LCP.



    I played horrible the first round. Not used to playing such wet conditions and hacked it around badly (it was embarrassing). Adjusted and played much better the final two rounds to get 2nd.



    Plan on playing the following next year:

    Womens CC

    TSWGA Tournament (match play for senior women - I played the first time this year)

    Texas Women's Stroke Play (get my a$$ kicked by the kids - I played the first time this year)

    Texas Senior Women's Stroke Play

    Mens CC (if they let me and it doesn't conflict with above)




    Would you be playing from the same tees in the men's CC?


    Yes, of course. It would not be fair or appropriate otherwise.
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  • xrt99xrt99 Advanced Members Posts: 227 ✭✭
    Ty_Webb wrote:


    I have two events in the next 7 days. Richardson Memorial at Seawane on Thursday (and hopefully Friday and Saturday). It's on the water and last year was blowing crazy. Forecast for Thursday is cold and breezy. Lovely. Top 16 go into matchplay. Probably about 73 or 74 to qualify is my guess.



    Then Monday/Tuesday next week is the Sarazen Invitational at Fresh Meadow. Good fun golf course. It's two rounds, cut after first round to 30 and ties. Probably about 76 or 77 gets through. Last year I was about middle of the pack making the cut going into round 2. Was really windy and dark when we started. They pushed tee times early because of the weather. Interesting. Made 8 at the last. Plugged my approach in the back of a bunker. Couldn't get it out, then tried to get cute and didn't get it out again. Then knocked it out to about 10 feet. Started to rake the bunker. Playing partner said "you should mark that first". The wind blew my ball off the green as I was running up there to mark it. Chipped up to about 4 feet above the hole and missed it. Not my finest hour. Rest of the round was not too bad as long as I wasn't between 50 and 100 yards away. Then I couldn't hit the green.



    Thursday should be interesting. Second game out. Realfeel is going to be 29 and I haven't played since 9/26. Range is irons only and the first hole is tight. Haven't decided how I'm going to play it yet. Will depend on the wind direction.




    See you at the Sarazen



    This year was up and down for me. I got a bunch of reps - played in a couple of USGA qualifiers, a few MGA qualifiers. Had what I would consider one good result which was T7 at the NYC Amateur. The difference in that one vs. all the others, was I didn’t play golf swing. Where have I heard that advice before??



    That said I need to become a better iron player to compete on the MGA level. Hopefully this winter I can grind on mechanics enough to be ready to forget about them during next year’s events.
  • deadsolid...shankdeadsolid...shank ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 14,330 ClubWRX
    With an upcoming relocation to a larger area I’m hoping to be able to play a few more events.



    Most of our state events are held at the other end, 400+ miles away. Just doesn’t make a lot of sense to drive that far when you realistically can’t compete.
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  • marcwhumarcwhu Members Posts: 64 ✭✭
    Huge disappointment today. Played in the quarter final of my club matchplay championship. Was -4 through 15, 2 up with three to go, and lost the match in a playoff. He birdied 16, halved 17 in 3's, and then the disaster. I rinsed a gapwdge from the middle of the fairway on 18 and lost the hole to a 5. Was completely deflated heading into the the playoff, and it showed. Positives are the fact that I was under par for the first time in a while.



    Next one is SA Open Pre-Q. Would be massive to get into, as it's a European Tour event. Will keep you guys posted!
  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX
    marcwhu wrote:


    Huge disappointment today. Played in the quarter final of my club matchplay championship. Was -4 through 15, 2 up with three to go, and lost the match in a playoff. He birdied 16, halved 17 in 3's, and then the disaster. I rinsed a gapwdge from the middle of the fairway on 18 and lost the hole to a 5. Was completely deflated heading into the the playoff, and it showed. Positives are the fact that I was under par for the first time in a while.



    Next one is SA Open Pre-Q. Would be massive to get into, as it's a European Tour event. Will keep you guys posted!




    That's what this thread is about. Great job competing at a high level and playing very, very well.



    What were your thoughts heading into the rinsed shot on 18? How did you feel, what was your self-talk like? Did you quick-hit it? That's kind of my "go-to" under pressure on my bad shots. Everything about the shot becomes faster, like I want to just "get it over with." Far more than usual: Bad result.
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  • wmblake2000wmblake2000 Advanced Members Posts: 5,417 ✭✭
    Man, this thread has me looking around. Mainly, I am trying to find some gross tournaments for super seniors, although I want to play in scga senior am and see if I can make the first cut there is a super senior tourney as well). Long Beach has its sr tournament with age brackets with a bunch of guys in my age bracket (65-70).



    The thing this has got me to really think about is two-fold. One, I love to play blades, but I am not so deluded that I think they won't cost me over 2-3 rounds. So what does an optimal setup purely based on scoring look like? Two, this is really about not puking in my shoes over a 3 footer/20 yard chip that matter. That's the goal. Hit the shots under the gun.



    If anyone knows of gross tournaments for 60+ (especially in so cal) please let me know...
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  • Ralphyboy84Ralphyboy84 Advanced Members Posts: 146 ✭✭
    This might be the place to ask this. Do any of the top courses in the states have 18/36/72 hole opens? If so what ones and when are they? And can you enter being non American?
  • irvtrainirvtrain Advanced Members Posts: 989


    This might be the place to ask this. Do any of the top courses in the states have 18/36/72 hole opens? If so what ones and when are they? And can you enter being non American?




    Yes a lot of them do, with a lot of them being for mid-ams. I believe almost all of them are invite only and only a very few actually look at applications. Usually you need to qualify for US Open, US Am, do well in US mid am, or win your state mid am to get an invite.
  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX


    Man, this thread has me looking around. Mainly, I am trying to find some gross tournaments for super seniors, although I want to play in scga senior am and see if I can make the first cut there is a super senior tourney as well). Long Beach has its sr tournament with age brackets with a bunch of guys in my age bracket (65-70).



    The thing this has got me to really think about is two-fold. One, I love to play blades, but I am not so deluded that I think they won't cost me over 2-3 rounds. So what does an optimal setup purely based on scoring look like? Two, this is really about not puking in my shoes over a 3 footer/20 yard chip that matter. That's the goal. Hit the shots under the gun.



    If anyone knows of gross tournaments for 60+ (especially in so cal) please let me know...




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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Advanced Members Posts: 4,676 ✭✭
    Not one to be checking the instruction thread regularly at all, but my wife is past her due date, I can't physically do any more work and I am trying to kill time and I stumble across this thread, awesome stuff Obee, I think that it a great idea for a thread.



    The end of the season is here for me unfortunately, came to an end a couple of weeks ago with a tweaked wrist ligament and now just waiting for the little one to arrive so not much golf but I have been planning how I am going to make the most of it next year by trying to get out and play in more competitions.



    This big ones that I am hoping to play in next year are:

    North District Championship

    North of Scotland Open Amateur

    Elgin or Moray Five Day Open



    As things stand my handicap is also low enough to be able to get me into the Scottish Amateur as well but I have never actually got to the point where I thought I should do it. I want that to change. I realise that as a soon to be dad, the time I have for golf next year is likely to be reduced but as I have figured out this year taking over my own business, the smarter you are with time, the better so I am hoping to take that and run with it next year so I am more organised with me time for golf both playing and practicing (it helps that I live 300 yards away from my home course).



    Over the last few years, I have not played anywhere near as much competitive golf as I should have done. My biggest issue is that I am too concerned that my game needs to be perfect before going in to play them. I know in myself that being perfect, is never going to happen but a few weeks ago, I was booked into an open at a local course that I am pretty familiar with. I hadn't played more than 9 holes at a time in two weeks, the wind was about 30 mph all day and ordinarily, I would have thought that I am not going to bother. I did bother and finished decent in 4th place, one back from a three way tie for first where there were two pros and a +1 guy. That certainly made me feel better about my game and it has certainly given me some good feelings going into competitions next year. Hopefully a thread like this will keep me accountable to something more than myself as well.
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  • marcwhumarcwhu Members Posts: 64 ✭✭
    Obee wrote:

    marcwhu wrote:


    Huge disappointment today. Played in the quarter final of my club matchplay championship. Was -4 through 15, 2 up with three to go, and lost the match in a playoff. He birdied 16, halved 17 in 3's, and then the disaster. I rinsed a gapwdge from the middle of the fairway on 18 and lost the hole to a 5. Was completely deflated heading into the the playoff, and it showed. Positives are the fact that I was under par for the first time in a while.



    Next one is SA Open Pre-Q. Would be massive to get into, as it's a European Tour event. Will keep you guys posted!




    That's what this thread is about. Great job competing at a high level and playing very, very well.



    What were your thoughts heading into the rinsed shot on 18? How did you feel, what was your self-talk like? Did you quick-hit it? That's kind of my "go-to" under pressure on my bad shots. Everything about the shot becomes faster, like I want to just "get it over with." Far more than usual: Bad result.




    So, I picked up that under pressure, both my grip and takeaway started feeling uncomfortable, and I was struggling to hit my normal shot shape. Instead of hitting a 5-10 yd fade, it was coming out as a pull draw. I started fighting it on 16 tee already.



    The approach on 18 was a mixture of poor course management and a bad mental state. I had 145 yds down wind to a back left pin, with water up the left. My stock GW goes about 125, and I reckoned with adrenaline it would be a good number. For some reason over the ball I decided to give it a bit extra to make sure it got back to the flag. In hindsight, aiming for the front right portion of the green, forcing my opponent to make birdie was the play.



    Live and learn I guess😂. Always good to hear your insights man!
  • ObeeObee ClubWRX Charter Members Posts: 3,606 ClubWRX
    Played one of my most solid rounds in a long time, mentally.



    Yesterday shot 71 at an away course that I had only ever played maybe three or four times before. Course is tight and tough, with very, very tricky greens. I had a "game plan" from the get go: conservative lines and club selection on the tough, tight holes (even if that meant 200 on an approach that I could possibly have 170 on if I hit a good driver).



    There are four or five driving holes that are downright NASTY, where the slightest push or pull can lead to double bogey or worse. Wanted no part of penalty shots or blocked out views, so I played to my strengths: Hit it in the fairway, knock it up by the green and stay SHORT of the tough pins and chip it up and in if I miss a green.



    I hit the fairway on all of the tough holes and left myself in good spots all day and fired a nice 71 on a course rated 73.4/138(?). We played the "black" tees, which are not on the scorecard. Only 6600ish, but with that rating and slope, and you can see how tricky the course is. Tons of elevation change and lots of counter-intuitive breaks on the greens.



    Felt completely at peace all day. No anxiety of nervousness or indecision on a single shot, really.



    A big part of that is Aim Point, which I use to an extent when putting. I don't do the "finger" thing, but I do the "stand at my ball and up by the hole and 'feel' the slope with my feet" thing. It's amazing how much that can help you feel comfortable over putts on away greens.



    10 fairways, 12 greens, 29 putts. Just a good, solid round of golf. When I missed a green, I chipped it to within 3-feet every time. Very pleased.
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