The Recruiting Process

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RecruitPKB: Q and A with Western Kentucky

RecruitPKB College Consultant Brandi Jackson recently conducted Q and As with college coaches at all division levels across the country. Here is some insight from Coach Adam Gary, Head Women's Golf Coach at mid-ranked DI Western Kentucky University.   Do you prefer that a recruit fills out the online questionnaire or sends their resume? Or both? I really like to have both. It's nice to have all of the player's information in one place with our questionnaire database, but I like to get more detailed information from the resume also. What do you look for when observing a recruit on the course? I look for how a player interacts with their parents, players and host facilities. I think it's important to have good body language and show gratitude toward parents/volunteers. Obviously, I'm interested in technique, power, course management and short game skills as well. How important is it [...]

By | 2018-02-01T19:36:59+00:00 February 1st, 2018|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

Recruit PKB: Is It Too Early?

After giving up my professional golf career in 2010, I started working with junior golf families throughout the college recruiting process. I was speaking at high schools and tournaments all across the country about the realities of college recruiting and how to navigate the process. This was the first time I had become aware of how much the process had changed since I had gone through it as a junior golfer. One of the biggest eye openers for me was how early the process starts (and ends) and how unaware some families were about what it takes to play at the college level. I am a huge believer in keeping the game fun and not putting too much pressure on a young player. Nowadays there seems to be a lot more responsibility put on kids and more specialization of sports at a young age. I couldn’t imagine [...]

By | 2018-01-07T10:39:09+00:00 January 3rd, 2018|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: NCAA Rules and Regulations

Knowing the NCAA rules and regulations will not only help you navigate the process better but it will also show a coach that you are serious and prepared. Keep in mind, a student-athlete can always make phone calls, send emails and take unofficial visits at any point as long as it is on their own time and money. These rules below are in regards to when and what coaches are allowed to initiate themselves. Similar to the Rules of Golf there are many different variations and interpretations of the rules. If you aren't sure of the rules you can contact the NCAA, Eligibility Center or me if you have any questions. Dates to Know: September 1st of Junior Year: Division I coaches may send recruiting materials/emails to recruits. New Update: As of August 1, 2014, coaches may also make phone calls, send texts and use any other [...]

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:59+00:00 October 26th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Don’t Panic but Be Proactive

"Just wanted to let you know that for 2020 we have one verbal commitment and another offer out.  Assuming that gets accepted we would only have walk-on opportunities available for 2020." - Top 25 Ranked DI Women's Golf Program In consulting my 2020 recruits, I have received several responses like this from coaches who are already wrapping up their 2020 recruiting class, during the fall of a recruit's sophomore year.  I know it's hard to believe and part of me doesn't like to share this because I know it makes players panic and stresses them out. But I have also seen the lack of knowledge and understanding of the reality of the recruiting process and they find out this information too late. Thankfully on a positive note, I have also had several 2018 recruits, current seniors, who have just wrapped up their recruiting process by making their decision in [...]

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:40+00:00 October 12th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Scholarships… What does it take?

What does it take to earn a scholarship? On average, if you can shoot in the 90s you will have some opportunities to play on a college team. This will typically be at a smaller school and only academic scholarship money. If you can consistently shoot in the 80s you will open up more opportunities for some athletic scholarship money. To play at a D1 school and earn athletic scholarship money you should be consistently shooting under 80 in state, regional and national tournaments at 5900 yds and longer, for better-ranked DI schools those scores need to be the mid to lower 70s. Occasionally there are exceptions to these standards, which is why it is so important to understand that if you work hard not only on your game and in the classroom but also on the recruiting process you will give yourself more options.   How [...]

By | 2017-10-13T21:50:46+00:00 October 5th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Reply to the Coaches

So much of the recruiting process is a two way street with the recruits and coaches. - It amazes me how many times I hear players get frustrated because a coach never replies back, yet when a coach at a school they're not interested in emails them, they won't reply to them either! - I always try to remind my players that it's a two way street. Yes, the coaches are the adults and have more experience in the recruiting world but as my last post stated, they're human too. - They get frustrated when they email a player and never get a response. - Even if you don't like the response you may get from a coach that says they're not interested, it's always better than getting nothing at all. - So if a coach sends you an email and you're 100% not interested then just [...]

By | 2017-09-21T12:36:01+00:00 September 21st, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: College Golf is an Experience Unlike Any Other

Although many of you may be years away from heading off to college, I wanted to share some insight into what makes the experience of college golf so awesome! - ♦️ Playing college golf is a privilege - Yes, you earned it thru hard work and dedication as a junior golfer, but it's still not something you're "entitled" to, it is an opportunity provided to you that comes with a lot of responsibility and respect! Do not EVER take that for granted!!   ♦️ Be a good teammate - Many aspects of college golf are still very individual but remember that you're part of a team. Support and cheer for your teammates, help them out any way you can, don't stir up team drama and embrace their unique qualities and different backgrounds. On our team in college, we had players from MN, PA, CT, SC, GA, IL and RI. [...]

By | 2017-09-15T16:54:23+00:00 September 13th, 2017|The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Team Roster

Seems pretty easy but it's surprising how little a recruit pays attention to the team roster. Here are a few tips on what to look for: 🔹 How many players are on the roster? 🔹 How many seniors would leave the year before you would join the team? 🔹 Did those seniors contribute to the team? 🔹 Are there international players on the team? 🔹 If so, what percentage of the team is international? 🔹 Are there more in-state or out of state players on the team? 🔹 What are the other junior golf bios of the players on the team? These are just a few general tips for what to pay attention to when looking at the team's roster. - While you can learn a lot from the roster there are also a lot of variables that you won't know, such as, how the scholarships are divided, if the program is fully funded [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:13+00:00 August 10th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: College Coaches Gut Feeling

Last week I shared a Q and A that I asked the Georgia Southern Women's Golf Coach, Emily Kuhfeld, to submit for me. She shared some great answers so if you missed that please go check it out HERE. I was reading over her answers and there was one that stood out to me that I wanted to elaborate on a bit more for all of you.  When I asked Coach Kuhfeld about questions that she uses to help her determine if a player is a good fit or not this was her response "There is also a part of recruiting which is hard to explain; it is almost like a gut reaction to the player. I listen to myself on this, and what kind of overall feeling I get with the bond between myself and the recruit." This is probably one of the best ways to [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:13+00:00 August 1st, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments