The title for this post says it all. I’ve been writing about prep for my first tournament for the past month or so, and it is only two days away. The 2015 Tupelo Fall Classic is the tournament I’ve registered for and will be playing in the novice division as it is my first tournament. Prepping for this has meant taking the time to actually practice. A practice basket, plus some course baskets, have felt my presence for two fortnights during my lunch breaks. Getting in #100puttsforlunch has been a focus of mine since it’s an aspect of my game that has been rather poor.

With the approach of the tournament, I have felt some nervousness over playing in a competitive setting. Nerves shouldn’t be bothering me since my local club holds weekly minis that I have participated in over the past two years sporadically. I generally am a bogey disc golfer, with my best ever round being a one over par on a beginner course. The courses the tournament is being held on are new to me, despite being less than 5 miles from my workplace. Who knows, I may love it enough to buy a year pass for state park entry so I can go play any time I want. If that’s the case, there is camping, fishing, a playground, plus disc golf that my whole family can enjoy.

Everyone gets nervous about at least one thing. Whether it’s public speaking, playing music, reading aloud, teaching others something, or playing a game, nerves will always play as large a part as we let them. My wife and I have recently found an apparent cause for our 5 year old son getting sick at school and having to be picked up. He was apparently getting so nervous that he would do bad on his tests and thus get in trouble that he would get sick as a result. It really is a mental issue that has to be dealt with sooner than later. Whether we are 5 or 35, staying mentally strong is tough. After we talked with our son, he has felt better about school, but we’re still keeping an eye on him. His last test that he ended up getting sick during, he did well on when he finished it the next day.

High praise is deserved for a couple of gents I know from blogging and conversing online occasionally. Tim Steward of Mind Body Disc and Patrick McCormick of Zen Disc Golf. If you don’t know who these two are, visit their websites, read their blogs, listen to the Zen Disc Golf podcast and revel in the mental game advice that they can impart. Patrick wrote a book, and is receiving high praise for it, and while writing this post, I paused to take a few moments to buy it for my Kindle. I take the tips and advice they have provided and put it into action when I’m on the disc golf course, mostly. Disaster strikes occasionally no matter the mental/physical strength you maintain. 

Friends from my club say I’ll have a great time. I sure hope so, and think so. Maybe Mr. Murphy won’t tag along on my two rounds and the parking lot fairy’s cousin will make a visit. Several people have recorded an ace in the last month on the one course I’ll be playing. There are two courses at Tombigbee State Park, but my novice division is only playing one and from the short pads. I’m anxious to gear up, drive to the park, and chuck some plastic. This Saturday may be my first disc golf tournament, but it’s only the first out of many I hope to participate in for many years to come.