I played my 1st tournament (not a serious one, a 2 day event with 90% handicap given) as if I wasn't playing in one. I.e, I was quite relaxed although I was tad nervous about 1st few short putts (less than 3 feet). I ended up finishing 2nd out of 40+ players and I think playing "relaxed" helped quite a bit. Since then, I could never replicated that success in 6 - 7 tournaments. I was trying to win those .
1/23/15 at 5:26pm