GolfSRQ, on 15 December 2018 - 10:06 AM, said:
My son is 14 and has gotten serious about golf this year. He made varsity and a freshman and just won a tournament last weekend with 75 ( which we are proud of early 2018 he was lucky to break 100 and this was just a hobby.
Now we are trying to figure out how often he should play in tournaments and where. We live in Florida and there are lots of options.
Question is how much should I be prepared to spend on this ? It looks like all in could be between $1k-$3k per month ? With lessons, travel, entry fees, equipment , etc?
This is new to my wife and I and we're trying to figure this out. Any input would be great on costs and tournaments we should be looking at.
It really depends on what your/his motivations are.
If he is looking to possibly go to college, then he needs to play FJT and AJGA. Really don't need to play anything else. FJT will be the best competition in the state and often enough just as good as an AJGA open. Depending where you live, there is also the SFPGA and the NFPGA sections. My son isn't in high school yet and we are looking at budgeting around $5,000.00 a year just for FJT/AJGA tournaments. This doesn't include equipment, lessons, practice sessions, or golf membership. Costs get run up by travel. We are looking at around 15 events from January to next August that covers around 5 states.
As has been noted on here a countless number of times, college coaches aren't concerned with high school golf. A 75 in high school golf or a one day tourney doesn't necessarily equate to a 75 in a multi day tournament. There is a lot to learn from in the travel and playing a tournament schedule.
What we do in planning tournaments is this:
A. Anything inside of 2 hours we drive back and forth. Outside of 2 hours and it is a hotel room. If the tournament is a late Saturday start and between an 1 hour 30 minutes and 2 hours we may drive down Saturday morning and stay in a hotel on Saturday if the Sunday start is early.
B. During the school year we try to limit to 1 tournaments a month. Doesn't always work out, but that is what we shoot for. Will only play 2 if the next month is limited to choices.
C. Never play in tournaments in back to back weekends. Will make exceptions during the summer. Just depends on the load.