Monthly Archives: August 2015

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RecruitPKB: The D1 Syndrome

As many of you know, this syndrome is probably one of the most prevalent during the process. It is one of the main reasons why many young athletes don't find the right fit and end up unhappy. Yes having a dream of playing D1 sports is a great goal for young players. But when it is all said and done, that does not mean a D1 program is going to end up being the right fit, nor does it mean you are less of a player if you choose to go a different path. Playing D1 golf can be very overwhelming for many young golfers. The demands, sacrifices, time commitments and expectations can turn out to make your experience extremely difficult if it's not the right fit. You may find out that you aren't getting much playing time yet you are still at every workout, every practice, [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:08:45+00:00 August 27th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: James Madison Coach Q and A

This week's college coach Q and A is a special one for me. James Madison head coach Sarah Sargent and I were college teammates and roommates at Furman University. We both came into college as the underdogs among some of the top players in the country as teammates and we each paved our own paths of success both collegiately and professionally. She has also been a good friend for almost 16 years now as we played professionally for several years after college, then started our current careers that happen to coincide so we have managed to stay in touch after all these years. I am excited to see what she will be able to do with the program there at JMU. She is definitely one of a kind with a great passion for the game of golf and helping young players become the best they can be. [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:08:45+00:00 August 20th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|1 Comment

RecruitPKB: The Full Ride Syndrome

The next few weeks I will be covering some of the typical "syndromes" we see that affect a player's success as they try to find the right college fit. This first one is called the "full ride syndrome". I recently had a young player make the comment that they were only going where they would get a full ride. They felt they deserved a full ride because of their hard work, dedication and good resume. While I completely understand why a player would feel this way, there are many "big picture" factors to consider that could override the "full ride syndrome". One factor is the coaches current scholarship situation. Many times a coach only has so much scholarship money available for the current recruiting class. They may be offering you the best deal they can possibly give you. Don't take this to mean they want you any [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:08:46+00:00 August 14th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Walk Ons and Roster Spots

What is the difference between a walk-on and a roster spot? This is always a tough question to answer because many coaches use these terms differently. Generally, a walk-on means you get into the school on your own and will be given the opportunity to try out for the team. Some coaches do not allow walk-ons. If they do, you will typically play a certain number of rounds with a team member. Depending on what you shoot, the coach will decide if you make the team. It is extremely difficult to walk on because a coach has already decided on his/her team roster for that year. A roster spot is a better scenario because it is a guaranteed spot on the team, you just aren’t receiving any athletic scholarship money. Some coaches, however, will call this a "walk on" as well and don't expect you to tryout. [...]

By | 2017-09-13T12:08:46+00:00 August 5th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Nutrition

Nutrition is a topic I get asked by parents quite often who want me to emphasize the importance of eating properly to their daughters, and many times simply just encouraging them to eat on the golf course. As someone who's always had a hefty appetite, eating on the golf course was never an issue with me, eating healthy on the other hand was another story. I had a ritual for awhile as junior golfer that marshmallows were my good luck charm so I would devour a bag of them while I played, not exactly the healthiest of snacks. Having been a Health and Exercise Science major in college and becoming much more interested in nutrition over the years, I wanted to pass along a few suggestions to help get you started. Coming soon for PKBGT members will be more information about fitness and nutrition provided by Par4Success. [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:46:00+00:00 August 1st, 2015|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments