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First Tournament

Postby Three Puttz » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:13 am

So I've finally decided to play in my first tournament, but I'm not sure what division I should be playing in.

I'm not a pdga member and never played competitively outside of doubles with the local club and an ace race a couple weeks ago. I really have no idea where my ability is compared to other competitive players. I've been playing for several years, but have only began playing seriously for the last 6 months or so. My scores on my home course are all over the place. I can shoot -5 one round and then +10 the next round.

Is there any kind of etiquette for this situation? I don't want to step on any toes, but at the same time, I don't want to get completely blown out.
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Re: First Tournament

Postby Mark Ellis » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:31 am

Three Puttz wrote:So I've finally decided to play in my first tournament, but I'm not sure what division I should be playing in.

I'm not a pdga member and never played competitively outside of doubles with the local club and an ace race a couple weeks ago. I really have no idea where my ability is compared to other competitive players. I've been playing for several years, but have only began playing seriously for the last 6 months or so. My scores on my home course are all over the place. I can shoot -5 one round and then +10 the next round.

Is there any kind of etiquette for this situation? I don't want to step on any toes, but at the same time, I don't want to get completely blown out.


Start in the lowest division offered. This is what this division is for. If you win by a mile or come in last, don't apologize. Try your best, have fun, don't give up (short of disabling injuries or alien invasion).

If you had the best talent in the your division your chances of winning are still not great. Tournaments are not like casual rounds and you must learn the rules, the customs, the pace and the head game. We all started as rookies. Accept and embrace the pressure. Do not be afraid of failure. You will miss shots. We all do. Try to make the next one.

A 10 foot putt will never look the same. In practice it is a gimme. In a casual round it is easy. In a tournament it is scary. This is what makes it fun and exciting.
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Re: First Tournament

Postby Mark Ellis » Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:34 am

Perhaps some of the crew here at DGR could give us stories of their first tournament experience?
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Re: First Tournament

Postby money 21 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:12 pm

My first tourney I took an 11 on a par 3 hole because i could not make a mando. my advice is play in the lowest division, have fun, and play smart.
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Re: First Tournament

Postby Three Puttz » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:17 pm

Thanks for the advice. It's greatly appreciated.

It's looking like I will be signing up for the Novice division and see how it goes.

I know it will be a different experience than what I am used to, so I expect some jitters and some mistakes to accompany those jitters. I hear everybody throw the sandbagger term around, so it made me think that I should aim high and work my way down in future tournaments until I find the correct division for my skill level to avoid ruffling any feathers.
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Re: First Tournament

Postby inthedrift » Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:04 pm

Play wherever you think you fit in. Are there other players that frequent the doubles league that are signed up? Perhaps you could gauge your ability relative to theirs and make your decision. As Mark said I wouldn't worry about ruffling any feathers, particularly in your first tourney.
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Re: First Tournament

Postby isobar » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:29 am

Mark always gives really good advice, so you can't go wrong. But here's another option if you want.

Go to disc golf scene and find your home course.
Go check out past events, and compare scores for the average round of a tournament to your average score. Make sure you add a few strokes to your score to compensate for the high pressure situation.

So just as an example, my home course is Cass Benton in Michigan. http://www.discgolfscene.com/courses/Ca ... lls/events
My average round is around -3. My record is -11.

Here's the scores from a tournament held last year. Taking into effect it was a two round tourny, I would expect to shoot around -3 on any given day. So Open I would get my ass kicked, advance would be tough and novice would be too easy. So I would probably enroll myself in intermediate as my first ever tournament. Also, since there was only 7 people in novice, compared to 15/16 in advanced and intermediate. I would prefer the larger field myself.

However, I also know I've played with people from both open and advanced, and I know they are a bit better than me, but I can hang with them on my good days. So I would also make sure and take that into effect for later tournaments, but if it's your first tournament I would stick to something a bit more casual.

Open
Round 1: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Round 2: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Player R1 R2 Total Payout
1 John McAskin 53 51 104 / -18 $175
2 Geoff Bennet 52 54 106 / -16 $125
3 White Mike 56 55 111 / -11 $80
4 Dave Milewski 60 57 117 / -5
5 Jakkob Lammi 56 62 118 / -4
6 Austin Cook 66 67 133 / +11
Open Women
Round 1: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Round 2: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Player R1 R2 Total Payout
1 Sarah Demar 66 64 130 / +8 $95
Advanced
Round 1: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Round 2: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Player R1 R2 Total Payout
1 Ken Moote 52 61 113 / -9 $73
2 Matt Kora 55 58 113 / -9 $73
3 Chris Brown 61 55 116 / -6 $50
4 Kyle Greenhalgh 59 58 117 / -5 $35
4 Taggart Anderson 58 59 117 / -5 $35
6 Jon Kind 59 60 119 / -3 $20
7 Bobby Julio 58 62 120 / -2 $15
8 Tyler Kind 60 62 122 / E
9 Brian Merry 61 63 124 / +2
10 Jerry Chilson 62 63 125 / +3
11 David Dirmeyer 65 61 126 / +4
11 Jason Kirkaby 61 65 126 / +4
13 Phil Common 65 62 127 / +5
14 Jeremy Kemp 66 62 128 / +6
15 Daryl Ballios 66 64 130 / +8
16 Brett Styker 59 - 59 / -2
Intermediate
Round 1: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Round 2: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Player R1 R2 Total Payout
1 Josh Minard 56 63 119 / -3 $75
2 Lyle Downing 59 63 122 / E $57
3 Jeff Griffiths 64 59 123 / +1 $45
4 Eddie Ruiz 61 63 124 / +2 $35
5 Sam Smith 61 64 125 / +3 $23
5 Ted Bowersox 65 60 125 / +3 $23
7 Josh Cantor 62 64 126 / +4 $15
8 Michael Zanier 64 64 128 / +6 $13
9 Sean Blazo 66 66 132 / +10
10 Ryan McMann 68 65 133 / +11
11 Joe Willyard 70 64 134 / +12
12 Joe Biasutto 69 66 135 / +13
13 Brett Russel 66 71 137 / +15
14 Fred Vocino 69 74 143 / +21
15 Tim Thomas - - 0 / E
Recreational
Round 1: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Round 2: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Player R1 R2 Total Payout
1 Frank Raburn 57 66 123 / +1 $50
2 Bill Champman 64 63 127 / +5 $22
2 Chris Dulics 68 59 127 / +5 $22
2 Sean Morgan 61 66 127 / +5 $22
5 Derek Stockford 68 64 132 / +10
6 Shawn Boucke 69 68 137 / +15
Novice
Round 1: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Round 2: Cass Benton Hills - Cass Essential Shorts, 20 holes, par 61
Player R1 R2 Total Payout
1 Justin Goldsmith 64 67 131 / +9 $50
2 Troy Pope 65 68 133 / +11 $35
3 Russ Murer 63 71 134 / +12 $25
4 Jeff Lubin 69 69 138 / +16 $15
5 Matt Losey 75 71 146 / +24 $10
6 Michael Rocha 86 81 167 / +45
7 Kevin Martz 82 - 82 / +21
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Re: First Tournament

Postby StayGold » Wed Sep 05, 2012 11:48 pm

Thank you so much! I have been looking for a thread like this. I am thinking of playing my first tournament next month. I am going to sign up for the lowest division (Rec Womens) since I know that I'm not going to be any higher than that. Honestly, as nervous as I am, I am completely ok if I finish last. It will help me at least see how much more I need to work on. And I am hoping to have a lot of fun.
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Re: First Tournament

Postby Star Shark » Thu Sep 06, 2012 3:13 am

Not expecting much can help massively in your first tournament. I've only played one myself but I'd been shooting like crap for several months going into it so I had absolutely 0 expectations going in. I'd figured out by comparing how I shoot and how friends I know shoot roughly what my rating was so I checked in intermediate and finished dead middle of the pack <last cash, as it turns out>. It was a good experience but keep in mind, the pace of play is gonna be really slow. I can do 18 holes in about 45 mins, but the first round of this tourney took 4 hours.
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