Monthly Archives: June 2017

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RecruitPKB: When A Coach is Watching

As many of you are seeing there are a lot of college coaches out watching the tournaments this summer.  For many players, it is the first time they really get those nervous jitters on the golf course. It can be tough to concentrate and focus on your game. You feel the pressure that you need to play well or else you may lose your chance to impress that coach. You have a few bad holes and see that the coach is leaving so you start to think they didn't like what they saw. So many thoughts and emotions can go through your head that can affect your game. Below are a few things to keep in mind when a coach is out watching you play that just might help you land that spot on the team. Coaches actually want to see you struggle so they can evaluate [...]

RecruitPKB: Coach Communications 101

Coach Communications 101 This was the handout available this past week at the PKB Precision Jr Girls for players and parents. If you have any questions about the topics you may sign up for your free PKB 30-minute consultation with RecruitPKB College Consultant Brandi Jackson at bjackson@pkbgt.org.  Email Etiquette: Always address to the coach specifically Check grammar and spelling Make sure you attach any documents Have an appropriate email address Create a signature Avoid humor or sarcasm Being Proactive with Emails: Start early Check email daily Send updates Respond quickly If past Sept 1 of junior year ask questions Provide your reference's contact info Phone Call Etiquette: Be prepared to talk not just leave a message Try to avoid the Uhs and Ums Have questions and topics to discuss Being Proactive with Phone Calls: Follow up intro email with phone call Don't be scared Call after tourneys [...]

RecruitPKB: A College Player’s Perspective Part 2

Louise Oxner recently graduated from the University of Louisville where she played collegiate golf all 4 years. Louise played junior golf in SC and was a member of the PKBGT. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to consult Louise on her college recruiting and we have maintained a friendship ever since. I sat down with Louise for lunch a couple of weeks ago while she was in town to catch up on her post-college plans. I also asked her to share some thoughts on her experience of playing college golf and what advice she would have for junior golfers going through the process. What did you learn the most about playing college golf? I have learned how to manage my time more efficiently and how to make better decisions on my own.  I definitely feel like I make better decisions on the golf course and [...]

RecruitPKB: A College Player’s Perspective

Last week I shared some insight from Howard Bertram, who's daughter Sarah played on the PKBGT, before playing college golf at Gardner-Webb University. I asked Sarah to share her thoughts on her college golf experience. What did you learn the most from playing college golf? Through golf, I learned to look beyond just the game itself. From my experience, I remember the van rides, silly trick shot sessions, and spending time with my teammates in countless hotel rooms more than actually playing golf. Though golf is important (it got me to where I am today), the lifelong friendships and memories I have made along the way are what I value the most. Looking back, the things that seem little at the time are actually the big things.   How was your school, coach, and team a good fit for you?  First and foremost, Gardner-Webb is a Christian [...]

RecruitPKB: A College Parent’s Perspective

I met Sarah Bertram and her father, Howard, during her junior year of high school. She had done a little work with the college recruiting process but had not gotten very far at that stage and she was one of those late arrivers to the game so we had a few things working against us. We did her evaluation, put her resume together and got going ASAP. After months of searching, emailing and visiting colleges she found her home at Gardner-Webb University, a DI school in Boiling Spring, NC with 2700 students. I was able to follow her college golf career, mostly through social media and her dad, which we all know social media can be a tad misleading at times when it comes to someone being happy or not. Thankfully, Sarah had an amazing 4 years of playing college golf! I asked her dad to share [...]