Junior Golfers: Believe...Achieve!
Many Junior Golfers want to play college gollf, but they don’t know how to get the attention of college coaches. Here are some tips that can help you get their attention and ultimately give you a chance to fulfill your dream of playing college golf.
First, not everyone should play in the College Prep Division. If you decide that you don’t want to play in college that is okay. We have other divisions so that you can optimize your Junior Golf experience and most of all enjoy and learn from playing golf. However, if you do want to play college golf and you have the experience and mental tougheness developed to compete at this level, here are some tips I have learned over the years of doing
College Prep Golf Tournaments.
*You must play in two day or longer tournaments for the college coaches to care about your scores.
*You must play the right distances. Most High School and many other tournaments do not play long enough for the college coaches to consider them a score that would be indicative of being able to compete at the college level.
*You need to play championship courses. In college you are going to play more difficult courses and the coaches want to see scores on courses that will be as difficult as the ones you will play in college.
*It is important to play in the college prep division at a young age. College coaches know that if you are younger that you may not win right away, but if you start showing you have the mental toughness to compete at the longer distances they are more likely to take notice of you.
*Placing in the top 10 of the College Prep Division is better than winning a one day tournament that does not play the college distance or a college like course.
*Many college coaches start thinking about Junior Golfers in their Freshman and Sophmore years in High School. The longer you wait to get on their radar, the harder it gets to get them to recruit you.
*You need to put together a resume of your accomplishments and build them up to show coaches what you have accomplished.
*College coaches want to know if you can score birdies and eagles. The overall score is important, but often they are more concerned that you can put red on the card. They know you will have bad holes on the course and most of that they can coach out of you by teaching you better course management.
*You need very good grades in school to play college golf. The golf team is one of the sports that is expected to bring the overall GPA of the athletes at a college up.
*You need to visit the schools you want to consider and talk to the coach early. That way you can find out what you need to accomplish to play at that school and decide if that is an obtainable goal for you or do you need to try for another school.
*Create a list of schools at different levels that you want to consider. The list should be your dream schools (maybe even a stretch to play there), schools that you are probably good enough to compete at and schools that you know that you are good enough to compete at and play.
*Remember college golf is not like college football or basketball. You don’t need to go to a top notch school to be able to turn Pro since you will eventually have to play in the mini tours and other professional events to get to the Pro level. However, you do need to get playing time to get better. So go to a school where you can get playing time.