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What age should junior girls start keeping a GAO handicap?

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  • What age should junior girls start keeping a GAO handicap?

    I have a young daughter golfing (CJGA/US Kids) and would like her to work towards GAO Junior Events and
    Championships as soon as she can as I think they may be good exposure.
    My guess would be as soon as she can play the red tees and card scores from them. Anyone have experience with GAO Junior events?
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    Originally posted by Killer21 View Post
    I have a young daughter golfing (CJGA/US Kids) and would like her to work towards GAO Junior Events and
    Championships as soon as she can as I think they may be good exposure.
    My guess would be as soon as she can play the red tees and card scores from them. Anyone have experience with GAO Junior events?
    Yes. As soon as she can play those tees and start scoring 18 hole rounds, I would think it is worthwhile to maintain a handicap. There are handicap cut-offs for some events and you will need an official handicap to play them.

    My daughter went throught the CJGA/GAO/Golf Canada tournament tour routine. It was great being able to spend so much time with her during her teenage years before she went away for school and work!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by avidgolfer View Post

      Yes. As soon as she can play those tees and start scoring 18 hole rounds, I would think it is worthwhile to maintain a handicap. There are handicap cut-offs for some events and you will need an official handicap to play them.

      My daughter went throught the CJGA/GAO/Golf Canada tournament tour routine. It was great being able to spend so much time with her during her teenage years before she went away for school and work!
      Yes, that is what I was hoping to get her into the GAO events at some point and they have handicap cut offs even for the Junior U13 events. GAO Handicap of 34ish as a minimum. It is a great sport to enjoy with your daughter and family!
      Killer21
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Killer21 View Post

        Yes, that is what I was hoping to get her into the GAO events at some point and they have handicap cut offs even for the Junior U13 events. GAO Handicap of 34ish as a minimum. It is a great sport to enjoy with your daughter and family!
        If you check on the GAO Website and look at the qualifiers for the age groups and related links there should be more information. Having been a Registrar, Score verifier, timer and Starter you will also have to show proof of age at registration, usually a birth certificate is sufficient. You would not be surprised at how many kids and parents miss this important bit so be prepared.

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        • #5
          when they decide themselves that they want to start to play in competitive events
          "Don't cry because it's over, Smile because it happened "

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Weirfan View Post
            when they decide themselves that they want to start to play in competitive events
            Bingo. I've had a dream of her playing since she was born. I put zero pressure on her. She is progressing now to playing a par 3 course last year (she's 10)

            Goal was always for her to take up the game, develop a proper swing and just enjoy it for life. The competition is secondary but feel it will be a natural progression as she starts to play a full par 72 course. Once she is playing regularly full courses, I'll push a little further. I definitely don't want to derail a good thing so far.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Weirfan View Post
              when they decide themselves that they want to start to play in competitive events
              I like this answer. Keeping a handicap will also help track her progress, even if she doesn't play any events for awhile. I remember as a kid having a 40 handicap (that was the highest allowed at the time), and working hard to bring it down.

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