Are you Tournament Ready? 5 Ways to Prep

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Your Essential Tournament Prep List

Tournaments are a great way to meet people, entertain clients, support your local community and simply enjoy a day outdoors in beautiful scenery.

I enter at least four events in my community every year. I play in one with my family, one with my friends and then I use the other two for current and future clients, or employees, or strategic partners.

I have put together a checklist to help you get the most out of your tournaments!

Dress for Success!

There is nothing more embarrassing than showing up to a golf course for an event and being in violation of their dress code! Most courses will post their dress code on the website but you will always be safe if you follow these guidelines:
– Pants or Capris (not jeans or cargo pants)
– Skorts or Bermuda Shorts
– Collared Golf Shirt
– Running shoes or golf shoes
– Socks
If you think it may rain, please ladies don’t wear a white shirt. Bring some rain gear and a change of clothes in case you get soaked!


Arrive Early

I usually like to arrive at the course an hour before start time. This gives me time to register, pay any fees that I need to (always carry cash with you) and grab a bite. Events can be long and it is important to make sure you are well fed and hydrated. Arriving early will also give you an opportunity to get in a warm up (see below) and network with others, so make sure you carry some business cards with you.


Get Warmed Up

It’s a good idea to hit a few balls before you tee off to wake your muscles! Your clubs will be on your cart so you will need to grab a couple. I like to grab a wedge, 7 iron, driver and putter. Don’t forget your glove and some tees. Head over to the driving range and warm up for 15 – 20 minutes (there will be range balls available for you to use). Then proceed to the putting green and hit a few putts to get a feel for the green. After your warm up head back to your cart and get ready to head out!


Support the Cause and bring your Cash!

If the tournament is raising funds for a charity or is in support of a not for profit, there will likely be mulligans for sale at registration, as well as raffle tickets, and other ways to contribute throughout the day. You should always be prepared to support the cause! I always have about $50 cash in my pocket. Typically, if there is a silent auction, you will be able to use a credit card.


STGC Goal for the Day!

If you are hosting a foursome, be sure that you are there before them and prepped and ready to show them where everything is. Bring snacks for the group that won’t melt! If you have been invited to join a foursome, arrive on time (or better yet, early!) and use the opportunity to network with others. Think about your objective and represent yourself appropriately. Events are filled with key business influencers in your community so use it as a way to make good connections.

Being prepared and ready for a tournament will help you to get the most out of the day. The investment is a business expense and the return on your investment is amazing.


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