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How Can I Start or Join a Tournament?

For tournament organizers, your best option is to predetermine the teams outside the app and let the players know who is playing with who.

The actual formation of the teams in the app will take place on the day of the tournament when the players are starting their rounds. 

How to Join and start an 18Birdies Tournament

How to Join The Tournament
How to Start Your Round
How to Add Players to the Scorecard


How to join the tournament

  1. Open the 18Birdies app and tap Play on the bottom menu bar.


  2. Under 'Group Play', tap 'Join'.
  3. Enter the Tournament Code, then tap Enter.
  4. Tap Accept on the invitation prompt to complete.

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How to start your round

  1. Open the app and tap Play on the bottom menu bar.


  2. Tap 'Group Play'.
  3. Tap the Tournament Information card to open the Tournament Home Page.

  4. Tap Start Tournament Round.

  5. Search and find your golf course, then tap Play.
  6. Add your tournament playing partners by selecting from your Friends list or Search, then tap Confirm.
    *The 18Birdies database can be searched by name, email, or phone number.
  7. Tap Play to start your round!
    *Adding Side Games or Targets are optional

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Add Players to Your Scorecard

All players on a team are not required to record their own score, however, all members of a team must be on the same scorecard and accept the round invitation from the tournament round creator.

To ensure accuracy and a fair tournament, it is encouraged that all players in a tournament have an 18Birdies account and accept the tournament invitation and the round invitation. Once the player is added to the tournament round/scorecard, any other player in the group can record scores & stats.

If a player in the tournament is unable to register an 18Birdies account and join the tournament, the tournament round creator can add the player as a Guest Player. The round creator will be responsible for accurately entering the guest players Handicap Index, for net scoring purposes.

Important information regarding Best Ball formats

For a 2 man best ball, they will only add the player who is on their team to their group in the app. If the playing group is a foursome, then each 2-man team in the foursome must have their own 2-man round in the 18Birdies app. Adding the other 2 players in that foursome will make the app think all 4 are on the same team. 

For example

Jim, Tom, Steve, Larry are playing in a foursome; 2-man best ball format.

  1. Jim starts his Tournament Round in the 18Birdies app.
  2. Jim adds Tom when prompted by the 18Birdies app
  3. Steve starts his Tournament Round in the 18Birdies app. 
  4. Steve adds Larry to his round when prompted by the 18Birdies app

Screenshots below of where to find the link to add a player to your team, and how to add from a list of tournament participants that you have invited. Keep in mind that the players have to 'Accept' the tournament invite to appear on this list of available players.

Round Setup
  1. Add your tournament playing partners by selecting from your Friends list or Search, then tap Confirm.
    *The 18Birdies database can be searched by name, email, or phone number.
  2. Tap Play to start your round!
    *Adding Side Games or Targets are optional
Tap the blue + icon to add your tournament playing partners
Add from your Friends List, OR

Search the 18Birdies database and add by name, email, or phone number

In-Round
  1. Once the player has started the Tournament Round and on the scoring/GPS screen, tap the Group button in the bottom right corner.
  2. Tap Add Players.
  3. Use the Search function or select from your Friends List.

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