The Road to the 2013 World Am Has Come and Gone!
By GolfSmith7 on 9/3/13

oober Gio GolfSmith7 Marin reflects on his recent trip to the World Am (the second of his amateur career) and shares his advice with the community. Enjoy!

There is nothing like tournament golf. Nothing! Unless you've played under the bright lights of a high level tournament, you can't understand the excitement. Four courses, four consecutive days with all new people. It's worth the price of admission and then some. If you don't know, now you know and you have to go! World Am 2014 here we come. However, I end with a recap of World Am 2013.
  • Day 1: Shot an 82, low gross for the day, tied for second.

  • Day 2: Shot a 91, dropped like down to 17th

  • Day 3: Shot an 87, dropped to 20th

  • Day 4: Shot an 87, finished in 21st place.
What happened?

Tournament golf happened, that's what happened.

To me, what I have to overcome is under my control and it's in-between my ears.

I arrived Friday, August 23 and slept fine that night and Saturday night. Sunday night the subconscious reared its ugly head and I woke up at 4 a.m. Despite waking up early I played well (T2). By Monday night I was dragging and woke up at 3 a.m. unable to fall back asleep and I blew up. Tuesday night I woke up at 6 AM but the damage was done because I wasn't able to fall asleep until after midnight. Wednesday night I woke up at 4 a.m. again. Ugh! I should have taken a sleeping pill but I was leery of feeling groggy in the mourning.

If my mind is not rested I have trouble playing well -- mid-round adjustments are harder to make, course management becomes tedious, and I fall into bad habits.

So how do I overcome the mental issues next year?

Here is my game plan for next year:
  1. Play a round the Sunday before at the Monday course if at all possible. It will allow you to detect any flaws that might creep into your tournament week.

  2. Get a good night's rest, for me that might means going to bed with Benadryl each night of the tournament.

  3. Take time to practice after each round, correcting whatever ailed you during that days round. This is where I make a caveat because I didn't do that this year because my wife was waiting at the hotel. She took the car one day but the other 3 she was waiting for me to get back. She is a trooper for agreeing to this trip every year. However, I won't be a jerk and take more time but ideally time to practice post round is key. How you manage that if you come with family can prove beneficial.

If I had to do it all over again that is what I would have done. These aren't excuses, this is what I learned from this year. Despite what went wrong I achieved 1 of the 3 goals I had for the 2013 World Am:
  1. Finish above the fold (on the score sheet)

  2. Two Rounds in the 70s

  3. One round with oobers
I achieved my number one goal by finishing 21 out of 50 players. I missed the second one and chose not to achieve the 3rd one out of love to my wife for being such a sweet heart.

In the end I have no regrets, just learning moments. Each year I'll learn more about my game and myself and enjoy the opportunity to meet fellow oobers like birdieXris, rodrigovaldes, jfurr, Mandelbaum!, Jattruia and mustang6560.

I am truly fascinated by the mental issues that surround golf. I can speak in front of thousands and sleep fine the night before but tournament golf is a different animal. All the proof I need that it's all mental for me is in my post World Am round I played yesterday. I shot a 75 with an eagle and two birdies. It felt like a walk in the park!

Can't wait till next year and I hope to see you there!

This was written by Gio Marin, a reader/follower/fellow oober and the opinions are 100% his and do not reflect those of oobgolf in anyway. Enjoy! I'm sure he's ready for your feedback.

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[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
Thanks for sharing your experience and thoughts. The WAHC is definitely on my bucket list.

For me, the key to relaxing prior to and during tournaments has been to play many events. With the frequency of tournament play, I don't get too invested in the results of any one event. Another opportunity is almost always around the corner. Your calling doesn't allow for Saturday play but you might think about ways to simulate the tournament experience.
CeeBee says:
Hey GS7. Reading the daily reports from Mustang kept us in the loop. I think you did a heck of a job. Tourney golf is mentally tough. WAHC would be the ultimate test. Keeping my wits together one shot at a time, day after day. I like your idea of playing the first track before the event.

I may give it a go next year. Would like to meet some of the guys.
CeeBee says:
When Brian enters I will surely be there.
GolfSmith7 says:
@bkuehn trying to replicate tournament golf is not easy but I keep my out for those rare non weekend tournaments. @Ceebee thanks for the compliment. Would love to have many more oobers at next years World Am. The more the merrier.
madmx99 says:
I do agree with G7. It is a completely different feeling than playing your local club championship. But it also is addicting. Nothing like putting your game up against a bunch of guys doing the same thing. It's a great experience. I'll be back again next year oobers....expecially when I can complete against all the old guys instead of the young studs!!!!
GolfSmith7 says:
Glad to hear you'll be back!
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