Playing at home can have its advantages, especially in collegiate golf. For one, there is no tiresome travel or learning on the fly during practice rounds. Competing on home turf affords the player more confidence: She knows what to expect because she’s had this exact shot or that lie many times before.
However, oddly enough, playing at home can also be disrupting to routines. Some athletes may get complacent and not prepare themselves as much as they would prior to a road event. In addition, having so many familiar faces in the gallery at home tournaments can be detrimental.