Upstream Golf Tournament Checklist

Upstream golf tournament checklist is meant to help you prepare for your golf outing. This golf tournament is expected to be fun and exciting. It is great that you have chosen to play and be part of this year’s tournament.

Each one of us is successful at something in life. This could be in your career, parenting, society, sports or other recreational activities.

If you think about the areas in your life that you are most successful in, you will see that most times you feel very comfortable. In most cases, there is a process to the activity, where you prepare for the success.

That process took you months, or even years to put in place and turn it into an efficient set of activities that has lead up to your current success.

Upstream Golf Tournament Checklist

Golf is no different.  The following list will give you an idea of some things you can do to be more comfortable and most importantly consistent during the upstream golf tournament this year.

This list can be added to and area taken off to be tailored to match your needs, but remember the 5 P’s – Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.

Upstream Golf Tournament Checklist

Practice before the Tournament

  • Look for yardage book in golf shop
  • Stretch, stay hydrated, and warm up as usual, don’t overdo it
  • Make sure to spend ½ the time on the putting green learning the speed
  • Don’t keep score. You don’t want to set high or low expectation for the actual tournament round
  • Hit putts from different angles and distances.  Try to imagine where the hole locations will be placed for the tournament and record them in your yardage book
  • Make notes in your yardage book or scorecard where not to miss shots and what angles are best for approach shots
  • After the round is over evaluate where you could have preformed better and run through those areas on the range, but only for a short time don’t over do it.
  • Check your tee time before leaving and also check in with the tournament staff to let them know you are there.

Night before Golf Tournament

  • In bed by 10:00 or 10:30
  • Clean all clubs in bag
  • Bring water bottle, power bar (Eat and drink every 3 hole)
  • Make sure you have balls, tees, gloves, umbrella (just in case it rains)
  • Stretch and light workout
  • Play the golf course mentally, if you have played it before
  • Don’t eat anything that could make you sick or not feel well for the next day.

Morning of the Upstream Golf Tournament

  • Have a good breakfast, think protein
  • Remember Tee Time, don’t be late
  • Always arrive at the golf course the same amount of time before your tee time to prevent getting bored or feeling rushed before your tee time
  • Go over yardage book and golf course mentally on ride to golf course
  • Stretch and light physical warm up
  • Warm up as usual, don’t do more or less, try to hit the same amount of ball each round
  • Don’t set you expectations before you tee it up, good or bad, but think positively
  • Go to first tee get a tournament scorecard and pin location sheet


In conclusion, each of your processes will be slightly different, but the point is to get in a routine and stick with it. Creating this process will only add to your level of comfort at the golf course during the upstream golf tournament.

And just as we talked about earlier when you are comfortable, you will have a great and enjoyable round of golf.

How To Prepare For Golf Tournament This Year

Prepare for golf tournament – Preparation is a key factor in determining your final performance. However, many amateurs overlook this simple area.  Great golf tournament preparation is a quick win for boosting performance and saving a couple of shots each round.

Upstream Oil and Gas Golf

Upstream oil and gas golf tournament is hosted every year, and this year it is coming up in a few weeks.

Since inception in 2017, the golf tournament provides an annual platform for the oil and gas value chain to engage, network and discuss key issues in the industry.

I have therefore put together this article to get you in the best possible shape to achieve success during the upstream golf tournament:

Why Prepare for a Golf Tournament?

What will your strategy be for the round? Do you know what clubs you’ll hit off each tee and into the greens and where your targets will be? What are the good misses and the bad misses for each shot? What are the slopes on the greens? This will all need to be figured out before your round, so you get to each tee box feeling 100% prepared.

Golf Tournament Preparation – Short Game

At this point your aim is not to change or refine your short game technique. Instead, your aim here is to get very good at guessing what shots to play, how the ball reacts out of different lies and how the ball lands and rolls on and around the greens.

How to Win at Upstream Oil and Gas Golf Tournament.

Many of our behaviours and actions are predetermined by what is already in our subconscious mind. With the subconscious mind not being able to reason or know the difference between what is real or imagined, you can shape it on how to win at golf tournaments by using visualization.

Spend 5-10 minutes before each round, imagining yourself hitting the shots you would like to in the round.

By seeing this success before you play, you give your subconscious mind a “green light” that it is something to move towards and not be fearful of.

What to Avoid the Evening before a Golf Tournament

Going over all the possible scenarios and outcomes for the golf tournament round the evening before is only going to create performance anxiety.

You’ve done your preparation, you have your plan and you have to do your best to take your mind off it.

If you notice yourself fretting about it or giving it too much attention, direct your attention elsewhere and do something that takes your mind away from it.

Practice Golf Prior to a Tournament

Most good golfers try to practice how they play. This means a couple of different things.

First, you prepare for golf tournament with a purpose. You put yourself in a realistic game time situation. It is important to get your mind used to some pressure.

Use games or compete against a friend before the upcoming upstream golf tournament. Take it seriously and get used to “grinding”. This will not only help your game, but it will get you ready for tournament golf.

The second thing to remember is to develop a repeatable pre-shot routine. The same pre-shot routine should be done on each shot during practice rounds – not just each shot during tournament rounds.

This will help you get in a groove and repeat your swing.

Be Aware of Your Golf Swing Tension

Before and during any round, tension awareness is key, even more so when playing under pressure.

Tension and tempo changes the golf swing more than anything else, so noticing grip pressure, tension in arms and shoulders etc., should be an integral part of your pre-round warm up and then maintaining it during your round.

Golf Tournament Grind

Golf is a difficult game, which is one of the great allures of the game. There are too many variables in the game for it to ever be easy or for a player to attain perfection.

There will always be ups and downs – the ups being easier to deal with than the downs. Accepting that you will make mistakes and that there will be challenges to overcome is a positive step.

Have a plan for dealing with the bad breaks, 3 putts, double bogeys and the like. These are an inevitable part of the game, so it’s better to prepare for them than be shocked by them!

Prepare Mentally for a Golf Tournament

 “There’s golf and then there’s tournament golf”. All of us that have played in golf tournaments understand what this quote means. This quote does not just apply to professional golf events.

Amateur golfers can feel the same nerves before a big event. The mental aspect of the game has ended a lot of good players’ careers. Golf seems to be tougher than other sports when it comes to the mental side.

Getting mentally prepared to play can be the difference between a good round and a bad one.

Whatever the tournament or round, the way you are going to get access to the best skills you have on that day is through the mental game.

Warming Up before the Golf Tournament

Too many players use the warm-up as a practice session and begin judging their swing and making fixes.

For me, the purpose of the warm-up is physically warm-up your muscles, find your rhythm, be aware of any tension, and get into “playing mode” by going through your pre shot routine and hitting some of the shots you’ll be faced with on the course.

Try limiting the number of balls you hit to 26 (2 balls with each club) or 39 ball (3 balls with each club). This will get you more into the “one shot mentality” and you will be less tempted to try and fix your swing.

What You Should Eat Before Golf Tournament.

Eating and drinking properly in the days leading up to, the morning of, and during your rounds will undoubtedly be a factor in your performance.

Proper diet, and food biting during a round of golf will help you in having great concentration. In addition, you will avoid being fatigued.


In conclusion, golf is a privilege not an entitlement. A shift in perspective can help take some pressure off.

Have an attitude of gratitude attitude for the opportunity to be out there playing our beautiful game, there are many worse things that you could be doing, so enjoy it and embrace it!

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Upstream Golf – 5 Ways To Prepare for the Golf Tournament

Upstream golf tournament is taking place soon. I have been getting a lot of emails from golfers and interested participants. The questions are pretty similar – people want to know how to prepare for this upstream golf tournament.

While I cannot tell you the magical secret to shooting low scores during upstream golf tournament, I do have a few ideas on how to give yourself the best chance of having a great time and success at the golf course.

You Should Study the Golf Course

This year’s annual upstream golf tournament will be played at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi. You might be familiar with the terrain at this golf course. If you are not, I would encourage that you take some time to either play there before the tournament, or study the course by using the Google Earth tool.

I would recommend finding time to have a few practice rounds at the course beforehand. This would work if you have time to do so.

The goal of studying the golf course in advance is to familiarize yourself with key yardages off the tee, and help you make decisions ahead of time on what clubs you will use or the key targets to aim for.

It would also help identifying areas around the greens. This would help you to avoid trouble or making mistakes on the greens.

Arrive Early for the Upstream Golf Tournament

The last thing you want to do is feel like you are rushed before a round. I recommend giving yourself anywhere between 30 to 60 minutes beforehand to show up.

That way you can go through a proper warm up on the range. If you show up 15 minutes before your tee time you may not be as calm as you should be on the first tee.

Arriving early before your round of golf has another benefit to the entire tournament. It helps avoid crowded tee-offs, which is something we have had to deal with in the previous golf tournament.

Get the Speed of the Greens

This is a big one. One of the biggest mistakes you can make during a tournament is not spending enough time on the putting green beforehand.

It is very possible that the greens you are used to are going to be slower than the ones you will face. Give yourself a good 15-20 minutes to putt so you can familiarize yourself with what the speeds will be that day.

If you skip this part, then you might struggle earlier in your round controlling your distance.

Expect the Unexpected

Tournament golf is not like your normal weekend round with your buddies. It is a completely different animal. When you have real pressure on every single shot, some unexpected things might occur.

You could miss a few short putts that people normally give to you. Tee shots might be a little more wayward than usual. Also, your reaction to poor shots might be met with more anxiety, and all of a sudden your mind is racing.

The biggest mistake most players make is that they assume the round is going to go as planned, and that they can expect a similar environment to their recreational rounds.

Don’t be shocked if you are more nervous than usual and your swing doesn’t behave normally. Big numbers can pop up unfortunately. This is all part of the learning process. The more you play competitive golf, the more comfortable you will feel in that environment.

Being a Friday, this  tournaments is going to be one round. Therefore, you really just have to accept that any version of your golf game can show up.

Have Fun during the Upstream Golf Tournament

This is the best news; nothing is really on the line for you during upstream golf tournament. Professional golfers usually have a difficult time during golf tournament. This is because their livelihoods are at stake each time they go for a tee off.

Not for you though. You might like to play competitively, but it is still not your vocation. Remember that when you tee it up during this event, this is not a life or death situation. However, if you and your friends decide to make it as such, proceed and have fun.

You will play your best in this tournament when you enjoy your time out there, strike up conversations with your playing partners, and remember that it is just for fun.

That’s not always so easy to do when you’re in the heat of the moment, but I believe it is something you should keep trying to remind yourself. You are here to network and build business relationships. Keep it easy


In conclusion, you might think that you need to approach this tournament differently than your normal golf outings. You should not.

In my opinion, this just adds to the stress to a game that should be mostly fun. We have put upstream golf tournament together to provide an opportunity for you to enjoy the game, network and learn more about the upstream oil and gas industry in Kenya.

Generally I find that most golfers approach tournaments way too seriously. They think they have to do something differently or special in order to play well. In my opinion this just adds more stress and pressure to a situation that should be mostly fun.

We have no intention of making this tournament stressful for you. We want you to enjoy the golf and the experiences at the upstream golf tournament.

We have partnered with several organizations to ensure that you have a great upstream golf tournament experience. I will be sharing with you the names of those sponsors and partners soon.

That being said, if you like to get the competitive juices flowing, it is a great way to add another dimension to your enjoyment of the upstream golf tournament this year.

Here are the 9 reasons you should participate at this year’s upstream golf tournament. If you have any question, ask below or leave a comment.