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#1 CTgolf

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:20 AM

Is there an appropriate age to start?  How old is too young?

What age did your junior golfer start playing 18 hole tournaments?

If a different age, when did he start playing multi-day 18 hole tournaments?


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:48 AM

I know my father started having me play tournaments around age 12. It was all up to me though, would never pressure me to play a 18 hole tourney if I didn't want to.
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:12 AM

US Kids regional at 9 and then a multi day event through FCG.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 10:49 AM

I let my kids start playing 18 when they had the discipline to finish the round.  Also, they had to be able to carry their own bag and keep up with their equipment while out playing.

In general if they wanted to try/participate in something they had to be willing to commit, no dropping out half way because it wasn't what they were expecting.  If they got injured then that was another matter.
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 11:41 AM

IMO 18 holes tournaments are driven more by the organization than anything else.  I would get my kid playing 18 as soon as he is able. If 9 is the age then that is when he will start playing.

In addition, tournaments are much more cost effective when you get to play 18 holes.  For our local tour, 9 holes costs $55 and 18 costs $65.  It's a no brainer.

For practice rounds we always play 18 holes.  I can tell my son isn't quite ready at 7 yrs old because without fail he kind of falls apart after 12 or so holes.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 12:06 PM

 kekoa, on 19 January 2018 - 11:41 AM, said:

IMO 18 holes tournaments are driven more by the organization than anything else.  I would get my kid playing 18 as soon as he is able. If 9 is the age then that is when he will start playing.

In addition, tournaments are much more cost effective when you get to play 18 holes.  For our local tour, 9 holes costs $55 and 18 costs $65.  It's a no brainer.

For practice rounds we always play 18 holes.  I can tell my son isn't quite ready at 7 yrs old because without fail he kind of falls apart after 12 or so holes.

At 7 it's probably about focus but if you're kid is having issues falling apart after 12 or so holes it might be hydration and nutrition during the round.  Would be quite the thread to start here actually.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 12:11 PM

One day tournaments are not tournaments.  They are practice tournament rounds preparing you for multi-day Junior Scoreboard ranked 36+ hole events.  If they are ready, kids should start playing in these multi-day events when they are 11.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 12:19 PM

 kekoa, on 19 January 2018 - 11:41 AM, said:

IMO 18 holes tournaments are driven more by the organization than anything else.  I would get my kid playing 18 as soon as he is able. If 9 is the age then that is when he will start playing.

In addition, tournaments are much more cost effective when you get to play 18 holes.  For our local tour, 9 holes costs $55 and 18 costs $65.  It's a no brainer.

For practice rounds we always play 18 holes.  I can tell my son isn't quite ready at 7 yrs old because without fail he kind of falls apart after 12 or so holes.

$55.00 for a nine hole US Kids Tournament?  That is high way robbery.  In principal alone I wouldn't do it because someone is over charging.  Our US Kids local is $37.00 for 9 and $47.00 for 18.

SFPGA Regional Tournaments are $100.00 for two days and 36 holes.  FSGA state tournaments are $95.00 for two days and 36 holes.  They are giving tee gifts and supplying snacks/beverages on the course.

Put this into perspective.  USGA junior qualifier was $55.00.  If you qualify and move to the national tournament, you don't pay a dime more.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 12:23 PM

 leezer99, on 19 January 2018 - 12:06 PM, said:

 kekoa, on 19 January 2018 - 11:41 AM, said:

IMO 18 holes tournaments are driven more by the organization than anything else.  I would get my kid playing 18 as soon as he is able. If 9 is the age then that is when he will start playing.

In addition, tournaments are much more cost effective when you get to play 18 holes.  For our local tour, 9 holes costs $55 and 18 costs $65.  It's a no brainer.

For practice rounds we always play 18 holes.  I can tell my son isn't quite ready at 7 yrs old because without fail he kind of falls apart after 12 or so holes.

At 7 it's probably about focus but if you're kid is having issues falling apart after 12 or so holes it might be hydration and nutrition during the round.  Would be quite the thread to start here actually.

Yup, that too.   Focus also becomes a huge issue  especially if he is playing with buddies.
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Posted 19 January 2018 - 12:51 PM

 leezer99, on 19 January 2018 - 12:06 PM, said:

 kekoa, on 19 January 2018 - 11:41 AM, said:

IMO 18 holes tournaments are driven more by the organization than anything else.  I would get my kid playing 18 as soon as he is able. If 9 is the age then that is when he will start playing.

In addition, tournaments are much more cost effective when you get to play 18 holes.  For our local tour, 9 holes costs $55 and 18 costs $65.  It's a no brainer.

For practice rounds we always play 18 holes.  I can tell my son isn't quite ready at 7 yrs old because without fail he kind of falls apart after 12 or so holes.

At 7 it's probably about focus but if you're kid is having issues falling apart after 12 or so holes it might be hydration and nutrition during the round.  Would be quite the thread to start here actually.

Nutrition is huge and most parents forget about it.  My boy would get to about 14 and would crash.  He would be right around even par and then just crash.  He would lose focus.  The loss of focus was due to lack of nutrition on the course.  As soon as he started eating more good snacks (primarily nuts), drinking more water, and having a meal right before the turn, he was able to finish the 18 holes.  Can't stress enough the importance of eating the right foods so that your energy isn't going to the kids blood flow to help digest the wrong foods.  You have to check what is in your Bars if your kid eats bars.  Nature Valley Bars should be a BIG NO because they have too much sugar!!  You have to eat the right foods.  Also can't stress the importance of not drinking Gatorade or any other beverage filled with sugars on the course.  Those snacks for sports that last a couple of hours are great.  Tournament golf rounds last 4+ hours and sugars lead to crash and burn late in the rounds.


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Posted 19 January 2018 - 01:10 PM

 heavy_hitter, on 19 January 2018 - 12:19 PM, said:

 kekoa, on 19 January 2018 - 11:41 AM, said:

IMO 18 holes tournaments are driven more by the organization than anything else.  I would get my kid playing 18 as soon as he is able. If 9 is the age then that is when he will start playing.

In addition, tournaments are much more cost effective when you get to play 18 holes.  For our local tour, 9 holes costs $55 and 18 costs $65.  It's a no brainer.

For practice rounds we always play 18 holes.  I can tell my son isn't quite ready at 7 yrs old because without fail he kind of falls apart after 12 or so holes.

$55.00 for a nine hole US Kids Tournament?  That is high way robbery.  In principal alone I wouldn't do it because someone is over charging.  Our US Kids local is $37.00 for 9 and $47.00 for 18.

SFPGA Regional Tournaments are $100.00 for two days and 36 holes.  FSGA state tournaments are $95.00 for two days and 36 holes.  They are giving tee gifts and supplying snacks/beverages on the course.

Put this into perspective.  USGA junior qualifier was $55.00.  If you qualify and move to the national tournament, you don't pay a dime more.

$53 per USKG Local tour here in the Bay Area. There's also the $40 season fee. Summer Tours here tend to be 8 events while the others are 6 events. Do the math and you get to around $60/event.

(begin sarcasm) But hey, we get some USKG golf balls, wrist bands, stickers, patches, bag tags, handfuls of tees, and plastic ball markers.  :blink: (end sarcasm).

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 01:19 PM

 wildcatden, on 19 January 2018 - 01:10 PM, said:

 heavy_hitter, on 19 January 2018 - 12:19 PM, said:

 kekoa, on 19 January 2018 - 11:41 AM, said:

IMO 18 holes tournaments are driven more by the organization than anything else.  I would get my kid playing 18 as soon as he is able. If 9 is the age then that is when he will start playing.

In addition, tournaments are much more cost effective when you get to play 18 holes.  For our local tour, 9 holes costs $55 and 18 costs $65.  It's a no brainer.

For practice rounds we always play 18 holes.  I can tell my son isn't quite ready at 7 yrs old because without fail he kind of falls apart after 12 or so holes.

$55.00 for a nine hole US Kids Tournament?  That is high way robbery.  In principal alone I wouldn't do it because someone is over charging.  Our US Kids local is $37.00 for 9 and $47.00 for 18.

SFPGA Regional Tournaments are $100.00 for two days and 36 holes.  FSGA state tournaments are $95.00 for two days and 36 holes.  They are giving tee gifts and supplying snacks/beverages on the course.

Put this into perspective.  USGA junior qualifier was $55.00.  If you qualify and move to the national tournament, you don't pay a dime more.

$53 per USKG Local tour here in the Bay Area. There's also the $40 season fee. Summer Tours here tend to be 8 events while the others are 6 events. Do the math and you get to around $60/event.

(begin sarcasm) But hey, we get some USKG golf balls, wrist bands, stickers, patches, bag tags, handfuls of tees, and plastic ball markers.  :blink: (end sarcasm).

Time to stuff that bag with tees.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 01:25 PM

 wildcatden, on 19 January 2018 - 01:10 PM, said:

 heavy_hitter, on 19 January 2018 - 12:19 PM, said:

 kekoa, on 19 January 2018 - 11:41 AM, said:

IMO 18 holes tournaments are driven more by the organization than anything else.  I would get my kid playing 18 as soon as he is able. If 9 is the age then that is when he will start playing.

In addition, tournaments are much more cost effective when you get to play 18 holes.  For our local tour, 9 holes costs $55 and 18 costs $65.  It's a no brainer.

For practice rounds we always play 18 holes.  I can tell my son isn't quite ready at 7 yrs old because without fail he kind of falls apart after 12 or so holes.

$55.00 for a nine hole US Kids Tournament?  That is high way robbery.  In principal alone I wouldn't do it because someone is over charging.  Our US Kids local is $37.00 for 9 and $47.00 for 18.

SFPGA Regional Tournaments are $100.00 for two days and 36 holes.  FSGA state tournaments are $95.00 for two days and 36 holes.  They are giving tee gifts and supplying snacks/beverages on the course.

Put this into perspective.  USGA junior qualifier was $55.00.  If you qualify and move to the national tournament, you don't pay a dime more.

$53 per USKG Local tour here in the Bay Area. There's also the $40 season fee. Summer Tours here tend to be 8 events while the others are 6 events. Do the math and you get to around $60/event.

(begin sarcasm) But hey, we get some USKG golf balls, wrist bands, stickers, patches, bag tags, handfuls of tees, and plastic ball markers.  :blink: (end sarcasm).

Dad Gum.....  I always stuffed the bag with tees and I actually love the US Kids Divot repair tools.

I am so glad I am done with US Kids.  I enjoyed the memories and there were plenty of them.  By the same token, one US Kids local cost me $327.00 plus time and travel.  That is a ton of cash chasing status.

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Posted 19 January 2018 - 09:47 PM

Here is Austin Texas USKG 9 holes are $49 in San Antonio $45. From what I hear the local courses are not a fan of US Kids because they only was to pay little to the course its self.

STPGA only $30.

Edited by darter79, 19 January 2018 - 10:33 PM.


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Posted 20 January 2018 - 10:51 PM

 heavy_hitter, on 19 January 2018 - 12:11 PM, said:

One day tournaments are not tournaments.  They are practice tournament rounds preparing you for multi-day Junior Scoreboard ranked 36+ hole events.  If they are ready, kids should start playing in these multi-day events when they are 11.

I think that 11 is still young for multi-day event you have to travel for it. Itís okay to do qualifiers and if they qualified but most kids need to just do 18 until there about 12.

I also would never play 18 unless you can play 18 in practice rounds no problem first.  Getting them to play 18 though Is a goal you should have.


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