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Wanted to know how some of you go about selecting which tournaments to play in. I know there about a few big ones every year that you try to play/qualify for, IMG Jr. World, USKids World, Future Masters, and some of the AJGA tournaments. But aside from those 4-5 big tournaments what other factors go into deciding what tournaments to play?

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Play tournaments where you can accumulate AGJA stars, you'll need them to get into AJGA tournaments. Around here we have JGANC, in SC I think you have SCPGA which is a good organization. Those will be cheaper than the FCWTs or FCGs. Sure you can enter them all, but if you are that rich, no need to ask. After all, besides tournament fees, there's hotel rooms, dining out, travel, not to mention gloves, shoes, clothes, clubs, balls, tees and every other thing that will raid your wallet. I use to tell my son all the time, hey if you are not finishing the lunch they give you, I'll eat it. That's not a free sandwich, that's the most expensive sandwich you can buy, like $125-150 dollar sandwich.

 

That being said check that they give a lunch, some of the highest priced tournaments don't. As far as choosing, I always looked for tournaments in streams, that is, often you get conflicts like the same date, be careful about that. My son also did better in tournaments when he was tired. So I would book him into 3-5 tournaments in a row, so by the 5th straight day of golf he would be plenty tired. You'll figure it out.

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We pick stuff that's nearby that falls on days when we don't have basketball or baseball. We're lucky enough to live in an area that has dozens upon dozens of junior events per month so it's not an issue finding something. All I look for are locations that will challenge him with different looks than our home course. We might start playing for AJGA stars in the next year or so.

There's definitely something more important that I should be doing.
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The age and development level of the player is an important factor in choosing tournaments. If the player is at the age, and has the desire/skill, to play in AJGA tournaments, an important goal is to maximize the opportunity to earn stars. So play in all ajga qualifiers that are local, and play the tournament if he/she qualifies. Play a preview series tournament if eligible. And learn the AJGA Pbe offered by local tours. Then use any stars earned to get into a summer or late summer ajga tournament(s). You get them back for the next year, so try to use them twice. Once a player gets to fully exempt status, then the game changes and ranking/divisor issues come into play.

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This depends on how old they are. Under 12 I don't think it matters that much just make sure they play tournaments. I think everyone knows the major ones and they were mentioned and there probably a good experience if you don't get too carried away. Just remember know one will care if they won a major tournament when they were 6 or 7.

 

Once they get older you should be playing 2 day and tournaments that give you ranking. It's much better to come in 15 or 20th in something like Toyota Cup in Southern California then win say a state championship in North Dakota. Quality over quantity is always much better. If there really good they should even try to qualify for the US open.

 

You also should not shoot too high either. For instance having a 14 year old girl who just picked up a club and scores above 100 to try to get into the AGJA makes no sense.

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My junior is 7YO. We look for these things:

 

1. Location (related to cost)

2. Cost (particularly if travel is involved).

3. Appropriate yardage

 

Currently, yardage leaves us with US Kids Golf Local, Regional and State tournaments. Next year, he should be able to start playing JGANC tournaments.

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My junior is 7YO. We look for these things:

 

1. Location (related to cost)

2. Cost (particularly if travel is involved).

3. Appropriate yardage

 

Currently, yardage leaves us with US Kids Golf Local, Regional and State tournaments. Next year, he should be able to start playing JGANC tournaments.

 

Just a thought regarding point 3. I think you will find 8 year old US Kids yardages to be a nice challenge for your son unless he is extraordinarily long. My kid just turned 8 in March and we are finding the 8 yr yardages to be more like real golf. On par 4's you actually need to hit two pretty good shots. Same goes for par 5's.. Par 3's can be flat out tough with the longest we've played at 125 yards.

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My junior is 7YO. We look for these things:

 

1. Location (related to cost)

2. Cost (particularly if travel is involved).

3. Appropriate yardage

 

Currently, yardage leaves us with US Kids Golf Local, Regional and State tournaments. Next year, he should be able to start playing JGANC tournaments.

 

Just a thought regarding point 3. I think you will find 8 year old US Kids yardages to be a nice challenge for your son unless he is extraordinarily long. My kid just turned 8 in March and we are finding the 8 yr yardages to be more like real golf. On par 4's you actually need to hit two pretty good shots. Same goes for par 5's.. Par 3's can be flat out tough with the longest we've played at 125 yards.

 

Yes, I think the challenge of 8YO yardage for him would be good. He is not extraordinarily long off the tee but is probably in the 90th+ percentile. I do think there is a fine line between that challenge, continuing to build his confidence/scoring mentality and his maturity level.

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It really depends on age, sex and where you live. If you live in FL, TX, or CA you don't need to play AJGAs at all. Most over spend on tournaments, especially when player is under 14

 

This.

 

If you are of the age where rankings don't matter it also doesn't matter what tournaments you play in.

 

If you are 7th/8th grade playing tournaments that effect rankings you should play them according to the competition, size of field, difficulty of the course.

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It really depends on age, sex and where you live. If you live in FL, TX, or CA you don't need to play AJGAs at all. Most over spend on tournaments, especially when player is under 14

 

The part about over paying under 14 is especially true. I seen people pay $300 for a regional tournament for a 12 year old that really doesn't mean much. There also is no need to play 20-30 tournaments a year either that just burns a kid out. Once a month is probably enough to be honest. For my younger daughter who is 7 I think we may only do 2 or 3 this year.

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My junior is 7YO. We look for these things:

 

1. Location (related to cost)

2. Cost (particularly if travel is involved).

3. Appropriate yardage

 

Currently, yardage leaves us with US Kids Golf Local, Regional and State tournaments. Next year, he should be able to start playing JGANC tournaments.

 

We do the same, but we do us kids way too short vs stpga (southern Texas) we played one recently that was 600 yards more than what us kids has her at. Great for a different yardage to challenge other ares of her game.

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