Advanced junior tournament players transition out of US Kids tournaments around 12 years olf and enter the world of "no caddie" tournaments.
In most cases, with a solid few years of junior golf experience behind them, the players are ready for the change and look forward to these longer, generally two-day tournaments.
See the article on Top Junior Golf Tournaments You Need to Know About for the different opportunities available all over the country for junior golfers.
We asked out advance tournament player for his thoughts at the point where he was making the transition.
As a nationally ranked junior golfer, what are your hopes for the future?
My hopes for the future are to get better. I want to go higher on the junior golf scoreboard. I also want to play on a D1 golf team at College and make it to the PGA Tour.
What do you enjoy about playing tournaments?
I enjoy the competition and pretty much just being on the course.
What do you worry about on the course?
Do you have any tips that help you to relax on the course?
To relax on the course I mostly just play my round and focus on the next shot.
What benefits do you get from playing with a caddy?
I get help with course management and they carry my bag.
Sometimes your dad caddies and sometimes you have another caddy that has worked with you for a long time. How is your experience different with both of them?
There isn't much difference in the advice that they give but I mostly talk to my dad more.
Sometimes you play tournaments that do not allow caddies (i.e. "no caddie tournaments"). What do you like about caddying for yourself?
I like playing with a caddy more but there are benefits to not playing with a caddy for example I don't like it when the caddie tries to talk me out of my club choice.
What do you miss when you don't have a caddy with you?
Someone to carry my bag and help with course management. Also, when I don't have a caddy I tend to take more risky shots. Sometimes that's good and sometimes that's bad.