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FirstFlightFX-101
SCGA Annual Am Net Open qualifier
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Monday February 22, 2021 11:02 AM
All GK,
Golf is good for me for the last couple years. I've also enjoyed playing in the last two GK cups. So, now that I belong to an SCGA club(GK Golf Club), its interesting to think about playing in an SCGA Amatuer Net Open qualifier, mostly for the experiences, and certainly not for any glory. I'm on the fence.
Looking for any pro's and con's from any that have played in a qualifier(or not), and care to respond?

*also, I have a >bogey index, I'm thinking of the Tukwet(Champions) qualifier, I haven't found if I or they choose the tees to qualify from...and, I have thick skin ;-)


QUALIFYING ROUNDS (18 Holes):
Monday, March 29: Los Serranos GC (North), Chino Hills
Tuesday, March 30: Morongo GC at Tukwet Canyon (Champions), Beaumont
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Nickesquire
RE: SCGA Annual Am Net Open qualifier
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Monday February 22, 2021 1:03 PM
I have only played in one "real" tournament in decades. The GK Cup is usually relaxed on being a stickler for the rules compared to many tournaments. You could easily encounter people in the type event you mentioned who think they are playing in the L.A. Open.

They will definitely inform you of the set of tees to be played beforehand. I would expect white tees in events allowing higher index players, but am sure that would be covered in the signup instructions.

Here would be my advice on some things that will probably come up in competition that most would not think twice about in a casual round.

1-Practice short putts, because you will be required to putt out on every hole.

2-Read up on your penalty and drop options. OB, cart path, different hazard areas etc. Depending on who matched up with, you may be required to strictly adhere to 1 or 2 club lengths like it was a PGA Tour event. Marking with tees etc. And choosing a wrong option can lead to a DQ even if done innocently and no real advantage was gained.

3-Be aware of what information you can/cannot ask for or share with opponents in a tournament.

You are a laid back, nice guy who has (IMO) the correct attitude about golf and competition. But there are at least a few out there that are radically different. I almost hate to even say this, but just hope you do not get put in a group with "that guy". We had one in the GK Cup awhile back and I witnessed one trying and call penalties on multiple opponents same round a decade plus ago in the Ventura City Championship. Guys who thought there were 2 ways to beat the competition. 1-Play well and score lower than them on the golf course or 2-Go out of their way to look for penalties (real or imagined) to add to opponents scores or mess with their opponents heads during the round.

I would encourage you to play, but go into the experience with your eyes wide open and prepare ahead of time.

[[Edited by Nickesquire on Monday February 22, 2021 1:44 PM]]
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The goal has always been long and straight! But since I can no longer hit them long, hopefully straighter could be achieved more than occasionally?
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dconnally
RE: SCGA Annual Am Net Open qualifier

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Monday February 22, 2021 1:22 PM
Agree with Nick.

I started getting into these SCGA-type events a few years ago to see how my game held up. For me it was a whole new level of pressure - that I put on myself. Some results were encouraging and gratifying, but I also found myself stressing - again, almost all from my own brain!

Yes, you will occasionally run into a rules Nazi, although almost of the people I've played with have been great, in the same boat as you are. They enjoy golf and want to see what competition is like.

From what I remember about your handicap, Chuck, it's likely you'll play in groups using tees in the 6.000 yard range. Just remember to putt everything out, sign your scorecard, and relax and have a good time.

(And if you putt like you did at Oak Quarry back in November, you'll be fine!!! LOL)
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Remember, we could be at work!!
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FirstFlightFX-101
RE: SCGA Annual Am Net Open qualifier
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Monday February 22, 2021 2:12 PM
Nick and Dave, muchos gracias for the replies and good points.
The prep and intensity of a one-and-only qualifier, certainly has my interest. I feel the need to see how I do with something like this again(still licking my own wounds from the recent semi's loss).

SCGA does have the One Day series, sort of similar to our GK Cup pool play. I'm likely going to sign up for at least 1 or 2 of those this year, to see and experience that. Likely, the Olivas and/or La Quinta(dunes) events. I see at least one GK Golf Club member entered and competing this year...go flinares!!
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RDDenn
RE: SCGA Annual Am Net Open qualifier

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Monday February 22, 2021 2:49 PM
QUOTED  Yes, you will occasionally run into a rules Nazi, although almost of the people I've played with have been great, in the same boat as you are. They enjoy golf and want to see what competition is like.

I agree with Dave. Competition is fun. You are likely to have a great experience no matter how you play. My experience is open communication makes everyone happy. If you are taking a drop, call the closest competitor over to make sure you are on the same wave length about the procedure. It keeps everybody in the group relaxed about the rules.

Oh, and check to make sure the scorecard is correct before signing. I was DQ'ed from the World Handicap Amateur in Myrtle Beach after not filling in a couple of holes on my card. Doh! We each went over everybody's scores before we left the course. Plenty of excuses but no excuse considering each player worked to make sure the cards were correct.
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FirstFlightFX-101
RE: SCGA Annual Am Net Open qualifier
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Tuesday February 23, 2021 11:20 PM
I signed up for the Tukwet event. Thanks Bob, Dave and Nick for the feedback.

Whites Par72 69.4/124 5948yds
Blues Par72 71.3/130 6348yds

I see a handful of other hcap's near me also signed up, so, FirstFlight will likely join them in the last flight. I need to order my GK towel and sport it there.
Cheers,
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