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anyone have inspiring stories or general tips they could share for getting into tournament golf as an adult amateur?

 

next year i'd like to enter some local tourneys and in the meantime i'd enjoy reading about others who've gone from casual duffer to competitive golfer.

 

thanks!

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I’m on my third summer of playing 2 amateur tournaments per year. As a 2.1 index I’m far from competing for 1st, but I’ve met some really cool guys and have enjoyed every good and bad shot. My first competitive round I had a tough time placing the ball on the tee I was so nervous. Then you realize it’s just a round of golf. Biggest thing for me was remembering what the actual rules of golf are. Like what were your options for an unplayable ball etc. Pick a tournament, sign up and go enjoy yourself!

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i started my foray into competitive golf at the age of 29...i'm 33 now. the more and more you play the more and more comfortable you get with the conditions and the environment. go for it!

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Go for it. It's a whole different kind of golf that 98% of people will never experience. Just keep your expectations in check, try to have fun, and learn!

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It all depends where you live. Most Golf Associations (Carolinas Golf Assn, Virginia State, Met, GAP, etc) have one day tournaments that are something of a cross between a tournament and a casual round. Just a chance to play a new course, hit some shots that matter, and have some fun. Most of these also have four-ball (partners) events that are one-day events. Those further reduce the stress of play. If you find that fun, can always move up to state championship qualifying (State Am, Mid Am, Public Links in the few places where that's still a thing, and so forth).

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I took this road about 9 years ago at age 41. Started playing on the Golfweek Am tour and now have moved onto the Golfweek Senior Tour. Also play some state tourneys. My experience has been great, love the competition and it has improved my game tremendously. One day tournaments except for 4 major 2 days. As long as you are competing against golfers of your own skill level I think you will enjoy it. Good luck.

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I just registered for the Washington State Am qualifier as a 34 yo. I used to play competitively, but kids came and that was the end of that! Now they're a little older, it's easier for me to get out and put some actual practice in. I'm super pumped! My advice having gone through adult competitive golf is, HAVE FUN. If you get worked up about a bad hole, you're doing yourself a disservice. Have a good time, make a few putts, and learn from every round!

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Played my first tourney at age 52, after years of being a rec golfer with an iffy back. After my oldest son graduated from high school golf and started playing some local am's with me on the bag, I quickly realized that I would be competitive in the net senior divisions.

All I can say is that tourney golf has taken the game to a new, deeper level for me and it's fun getting in the money every once in a while. Do it, you'll be a better person and player as a result, learn the rules and firm up etiquettes and go have fun.

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That's awesome! How is your season going? Mine could've been better so far...I started golf late in life around collage age and my first tournament was in 2006 or so. I've had some (limited) success qualifying for state and county final events. It is still a work in progress, but every year I feel excited about the next. One step at a time...I'll be eligible for "pre-senior" in about 4 years lol!

 

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thanks for bumping this thread. i know i'm not the person you were responding to. weird work stuff and covid threw a serious wrench into my plans to play amateur tournament golf this year. i'm champing at the bit so hard and really want to compete. i hope to god my luck changes soon so i can get out there and compete. in the meantime, i'm more than happy to hear about others' successes. stoke that fire!!

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I found the Golfweek Amateur Tour about 2 months ago. I debated joining because I’ve never played competitive golf. Having just turned 40, I also realized my hockey playing days are quickly coming to an end and I need something to fill that competitive space. This tour is perfect! My first tournament I shot by far my worst round in a long time. 4 foot putts are a lot different there than when you’re golfing/drinking with the boys. It lit that fire to hit the range and putting green. My second tournament, I gave the wife the link to the live scoreboard. Getting the text that I’m tied for first at the turn was awesome. Sure I blew it with a bad stretch 14-16 and I finished in 5th, but I can’t wait for the next tournament.

Long story short, find a tournament that groups you by your level and do it! You’ll have a great time.

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