Getting Ready to Play Tournament Golf on NCJT

If you are new to tournament golf here are a few things that will help you get to get ready for your upcoming tournament. Most of this applies to any tournament you play.

Tournament Prep Checklist:

  • Obtain your tee time as soon as it is posted.
  • NCJT posts tee times three days prior to tournament day.
  • Once tee times are posted a special tournament info box shows up on NCJT’s homepage, including: tee times, event details and leaderboard.
  • The NCJT Leaderboard will show live scoring for every player on every hole during the event. It’s Live Scoring at its finest, a rare feature in the world of junior golf.
  • Once you understand the event and its details, please prepare your golf bag for play. Make sure to have the following with you when you arrive at the event:
    • Clean Shoes and Clubs
    • 14 Clubs or less
    • Golf Balls (with your ID markings)
    • Fresh Gloves
    • Tees, Repair Tool, and Coins to Mark you Ball
    • Clean Towel
    • Distance Measuring Device
    • Water and Protein Snack
    • Rules of Golf booklet
    • NCJT Rules Card
    • Rainsuit
    • Umbrella (not in the car, but with you during play)
    • Longsleeve top like windbreaker
    • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Tournament Day

    • Wake from a good nights sleep
    • Enjoy a healthy breakfast
    • Check the weather to make sure you gear up properly
    • If its raining at your home don’t expect the event to be cancelled. We have only had 6 rain-outs in 400+ events over 25 years. It’s a very rare thing.
    • If we have to cancel we like to do so at least 1 hour prior to the first tee time. Cancellation notices will be sent via; text, email and twitter. Make sure your account info is correct so you will get notices like this.
    • Stay relaxed and form a game plan that fits your game
    • Your game plan should be realistic and prepare you for your mistakes. (there will be mistakes, but don’t let them get you down).
    • Your plan should help you keep your emotions in check and allow you to focus on one shot at a time.
    • Arrive at the tournament site about 1 hour prior to your tee time to warmup, get your bearings and prepare for play.
    • Here’s a list of things to do upon arrival:
      • 1st – go to registration tent and check-in.
      • At check-in double check your tee time and starting tee.
      • If you are unaware of where #1 or #10 is, please ask at check-in.
      • Most courses have a driving range and most will require going to the golf shop to obtain range balls.
      • The range is a good place to warm-up.
      • Time your range warmup so you are still warm at your starting time.
      • Your warmup should also include putting and chipping.
      • Time your warmup and walk time to be at your starting tee about 10 minutes prior to tee time.
      • At the tee you will be greeted by the NCJT Starter, who will provide you with an official scorecard and explain the scoring.  They will also assist you in getting to know your playing partners and help get the “Spirit of the Game” underway for your pairing.
      • The player is fully responsible to make sure they are at their starting tee and ready to play at their assigned tee time.
      • If you are late to the tee, a penalty of 2 strokes will apply and if you are more than 5 minutes late you will be Disqualified from the tournament.
  • Text Notices and Important Info

    • Please make sure your account information and profile is up-to-date before the season begins. Important notices are sent via text and/or email, so you want to make sure to check the boxes that say: Yes, please send email notices and Yes, please send email notices.  If the boxes are not checked you will not receive the notices, which could cost you a long drive to an event that has been delayed or cancelled.
    • Here’s how to edit your profile:
      • Login to your account (master account)
      • On the Upper Icon list, click on the Account icon
        • Under Junior Golfers you can edit your Junior Golfers profile
        • You will find the notices check boxes on the profile page

Player Photo

  • Every player should upload a headshot photo to the Tour Player page under Tour Info.  It’s very easy! First, only the parents login account can be used to do this (not the junior account).  Just go to the main Tour Player page where everyone is listed and click on your name.  The instructions to upload your photo only shows on your page and is found in the green bar that runs across the page that says “To Change Player Image: Drag/Drop files here to upload…”  It’s that easy, so please do it as soon as possible to help make the online page look complete!  Thank You!  

Once you have prepared yourself with the information included, we hope you will play well and enjoy your junior tour experience.

Good luck on a great season!

The NCJT Committee

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