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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: College Coach Wisdom

"All around good in every area. Over-achieve in academics, golf, life and community service. Be a role model." - Division 1 Women's Golf Coach While at times it may feel hard to do it all, especially as a high school athlete, do your best to overachieve in as many areas as you can. Manage your time wisely so that you can commit yourself to activities that don't all revolve around just playing golf. It's ok to take a little time away especially when it means you are doing some community service work to help others or focusing on your academics for an upcoming exam or test. While being an elite level golfer requires a lot of time and dedication, when you keep your life well rounded it helps you keep everything in perspective better.

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:41+00:00 September 6th, 2017|College Recruiting Tips, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Ceiling of Improvement

"If you don't do the things you're not good at then you'll never get better" This doesn't just mean practicing or working on those things a little to say you did it, it means dedicating time to actually get better at those things! - One of the earlier years of being on Symetra tour, my college boyfriend, who was a pretty good golfer, was caddying for me and he noticed that I was having more longer irons into greens bc the courses were playing longer. But during my warm up and practice, I would only hit them about half as much as I did my shorter irons. - My 8 iron was my favorite club, it always had more wear on it than any other club in my bag!! I loved grooving it on the range shot after shot and I would get excited on the course when [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:41+00:00 August 25th, 2017|College Recruiting Tips, The Complete Golfer|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 Tips, 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 Tips, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Q and A with Georgia Southern Coach

Recruit PKB College Consultant Brandi Jackson recently caught up with Georgia Southern Women's Head Coach Emily Kuhfeld to get her thoughts on the college recruiting process and her own coaching philosophy. What is your own coaching philosophy? My coaching philosophy is to help my players build their characters, understand time management, and encourage and inspire them by having unlimited belief in each of them. My college coach was equal parts believe in us, love us and push us to be our best, and I really look up to her in what kind of coach I want to be. What do you love about being a college coach? I love Coaching for so many reasons. The relationships with my players and their families, helping them improve on and off the course, being ‘in the hunt’ in competition with them, and being able to work for a wonderful University [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:13+00:00 July 20th, 2017|College Recruiting Tips, The Recruiting Process|1 Comment

RecruitPKB: My Mom Wants to Share Her Side of the Story

My mom wanted to share her side of the story as she watched me grow up in the junior golf world, then move on to college and professional golf. She thought this might help a junior golf parent better understand the big picture of what junior golf and college golf is all about.   Brandi Jackson, I think it’s time for your Mom to speak up.  So, if you will, indulge me for a few minutes.   First, let me say how very proud I am of the professional that Brandi has become.  She pours her heart and soul into her business and everything that she does.  I see this more and more every day.  Quite often as we make plans for family trips, or even simply to meet her for dinner, we know that the plans have to be made around her schedule of meeting with [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:41+00:00 July 8th, 2017|College Recruiting Tips, The Complete Golfer|1 Comment

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:13+00:00 June 28th, 2017|College Recruiting Tips, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:14+00:00 June 20th, 2017|College Recruiting Tips, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:48:14+00:00 June 14th, 2017|College Recruiting Tips, The Recruiting Process|0 Comments