When is the best time for your junior golfer to start playing tournaments? When they are ready. I assess readiness differently for each of my students because they are unique. It is not about age it is truly about confidence in their game and their ability to make decisions on the course.
I have been teaching Mateo since he was 5 years old, after a year I encouraged his mother to register him for local tournaments and then this past summer he joined the PGA Jr. League. He was the youngest player on the team but he played his heart out and his teammates loved having him around.
When I learned that the South Florida PGA Junior Golf tournament series had added the Junior Links Tour, I was excited to discuss this option with his mother. The Links Tour makes individual Jr. PGA Tournament play accessible to golfers ages 6-8. The series of 9-hole events expanded into Palm Beach County this weekend with its first tournament at Johnathan's Landing-Old Trail this past Sunday.
Mateo persevered through some extremely windy conditions on the front nine of the Hills Course (1,895 yards). He overcame some struggles on the first four holes to close with a 45 and a first place finish. I could not be more proud. He has won other tournaments before but this one was special because it was his first PGA Tournament.