Caddie Tips

Before the Round

  • Arrive at the golf course about an hour before your player's tee time, depending on how long he or she needs to warm up.

  • Find the Player Registration table and check-in with the NZ Junior Golf Tournament Organizer.

  • If the players need to practice at driving range, visit the Pro Shop and purchase driving range balls. Spectators may also rent carts from the Pro Shop (if available).

  • Make sure you have snacks, drinks, and sunscreen for you and your player during the round.

  • Put some tees, a golf ball, a divot repair tool, a pencil, and a coin or ballmarker in your pocket.

  • After the player warms up on the driving range and practice putting green, arrive at the No. 1 or No. 10 at least 10 minutes before the player's tee time. The player's starting hole will be indicated on the list of tee times.

During the Round:

  • Carry your player's bag and enjoy your time walking with them.

  • Get to know all of the players and caddies in your group.

  • You may help players look for their golf ball, determine distance to the hole, rake bunkers, fix divots in fairways, repair ball marks on greens, and remove/replace the flagstick on the green.

  • After every hole, write down the scores of your player and the player he/she is keeping score for.

  • Help your player with making strategies and decisions in a timely manner.

  • Encourage your player after both good and bad shots, and make sure he/she is having fun.

After the Round:

  • Immediately go to the scoring area with the other player(s) in your group.

  • Check your scorecard and verify that the scores are correct.

  • Each player must sign two scorecards: his/her official scorecard, and the scorecard he/she kept for another player in the group.

  • Go to the scoreboard and see how the other players played.

  • Talk with other players and parents while you wait for the Awards Ceremony to begin.

"Getting Angry doesn't look good"

  • 1. No one should move, talk, or stand close to or directly behind the ball or the hole when player is addressing the ball or making a stroke. This can distract your fellow players.

  • 2. The player who had the best score on the last hole will play first to tee off at the next hole (referred to as the honor). If two or more players have the same score the honor is held by the player who held it on the previous hole.

  • 3. No player should play until the players in front are out of range.

  • 4. In the interest of all, players should play without delay—for example if your honor, tee off before marking your card.

  • 5. If you are unable to keep up with the group ahead, call the following players through and do not continue play until those players have passed and are out of range.

  • 6.Through the green ensure that any turf cut or displaced (divots) are immediately replaced and pressed down and that any damage to the putting green made by the ball (pitch marks) or the player, is carefully repaired. Smooth over footprints and club marks in all bunkers and place the rake inside the bunker.

  • 7. At the finish of the days play thank your playing partners for their company and immediately add your cards. When you are both happy that the scores are correct sign both the card you are marking and your own, before handing them in to the duty organizer.

  • 8. The flag stick must be left IN or OUT ( new golf rules)

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