The players who are in the Top-20 in the State can be “split” into 2-Groups:
Players who played in more than (12) Ranked Tournaments: they primarily entered Regional 2-Day Tournaments and virtually No National-Level Tournaments.
Players who played (8) or Fewer Ranked Tournaments: they played in 2 to 3 National-Level Tournaments and the other tournaments were Regional 2-Day Tournaments.
Here is a comparison of 2 Junior Golfers and the tournament schedule they played. One of the Players entered significantly more Regional Tournaments. Did it “payoff?”
|Regional Tournaments Played||7||12|
|Average Finish||10th Place||7th Place|
|Average Field Size||52 Players||53.8 Players|
|National Tournament Played||2||4|
|Average Finish||56th Place||46th Place|
|Average Field Size||71 Players||118 Players|
|Cost of Regional Tournament||7 Tournament at $600 each||12 Tournaments at $600 each|
|Cost of National Tournaments||2 Tournaments at $900 each||4 Tournaments at $900 each|
|TOTAL TOURNAMENT COST:||$6,000||$10,300|
Player-A and Player-B are pretty evenly matched in terms of Stroke Average in Regional Tournaments of 74.9 and 74.4 respectively. Their Average Finishing position was 10th Place and 7th Place.
In the National Tournaments, their Average Finishing position was 56th Place and 46th Place. The Size of the Field was significantly higher, 71 and 117.5 players.
As you can see, Player-A and Player-B have virtually the same National Ranking. However, Player-B’s Total Tournament Expense was $4,300 more than Player-A.
Why did it cost so much more? Player-B entered too many tournaments that did not have a significant impact on his/her National Ranking.
To make matters worse, Player-B’s Regional Tournaments did not offer the possibility of earning an Exemption to compete in a National Tournament.
The Take Away:
Playing in 10 to 12 Regional 2-Day Tournaments is excessive (and expensive!) and, in almost all instances, will not earn you a Top National Ranking.
You have to add National-Level Tournaments to your schedule. National Tournaments have a much bigger impact on your Ranking than any other type of tournament. The most direct and the least expensive path to National Tournament is by playing in State Qualifiers that will earn you a place in a National Tournament.
It is for this reason that we have (4) Qualifier Tournaments that will allow players to get into the field of a National Championship Tournament.
I have personally witnessed what a playing in a National Championship Tournament can do for a Junior Golfers career: in 2012, all of the Class of 2013 Players who earned Exemptions into National Championship through our Qualifier Tournaments have earned College Scholarships to play College Golf!
You can earn an excellent National Ranking by playing in 1 or more National Tournaments and 3 to 4 Regional Tournaments. Of course, it’s up to you to post solid tournament scores!