RecruitPKB: Prepare for Coach Calls

As the coach communication process officially kicks off on June 15th for 2024 recruits and continues to heat up for 2022 recruits who still trying to find a college golf home, phone calls are very important. Since an initial call could be your one shot at earning a spot on the coach's potential recruit list you need to make sure you are prepared. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for that initial call: Have questions written down that you would like to ask the coach. Make sure these questions are relevant to the current timing of the process. Have some insight and facts about the school, golf program, coach, and team available for reference and talking points. Have some answers for potential questions that a coach may ask you. Be sure you have thought through your answers and they are honest and personal to [...]

By |2022-06-07T18:33:33-04:00June 12th, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: What is Confidence

"Confidence is the knowledge that I can give my best effort regardless of circumstances" - Ben Bergeron After hearing this definition of confidence on a podcast I listen to it got me thinking about the real meaning of confidence. But what catches my attention in this quote is the use of the word "knowledge". Typically the words faith and belief are used when defining confidence but I believe the use of the word knowledge is what defines true confidence. According to the Merriam-Webster definition of knowledge, it is "the fact or condition of knowing something with familiarity gained through experience". As opposed to the definition of belief, "something that is accepted or considered to be true or honest" and the definition of faith, "something that is believed especially with strong conviction".  Having faith and belief in yourself are almost these vague words to give you the [...]

By |2022-05-26T18:42:41-04:00May 25th, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Top 125 DI Collegiate Averages

While this process has a great deal of subjectivity to it, I've come to appreciate data and numbers more over the years. This is a chart compiled of the average scores for the 2021-2022 season of the top 125 DI programs (through the end of March). This shows the scores of the 4 players who count for each tournament. Typically collegiate tournaments at this level are played from approximately 6000-6200 yards in fall, later winter, and early spring conditions. Many times you will hear a coach say they are trying to recruit in order to replace their #2 or #3 players on the team, this is how they get better from one year to another. Yes, many times by the end of the process some coaches won't get that caliber of player, or may only get one and have to take more of a chance on the [...]

By |2022-04-07T16:22:20-04:00April 7th, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: I Feel Your Pain

For those that may not know, I moved on from playing professional golf back in 2010 after giving it a go for 8 years. It's hard for many people to believe how little golf I play these days after over 20 years of playing competitively. I shared this story several years but it popped back up on my feed recently so I thought I would share it again with a few updates. I was asked to play in a 27 hole 2 person team tournament for a big charity here in the upstate of SC. I was paired up with Ali Rogers, 2012 Miss SC, and 2013 Miss America Runner Up. She had played a little high school golf but was a big softball player. The format was 9 hole best ball and 9 hole captains' choice before going in for lunch to be re-flighted and re-paired [...]

By |2022-03-24T09:10:52-04:00March 31st, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|1 Comment

RecruitPKB: More Than Your Score

"MORE THAN YOUR SCORE" Never forget that you are better, bigger, brighter, and bolder than your score. Your score is just.... a number. a tally of golf shots. a total of drives, GIRs, up and downs, and putts. You are the sum of... all the hard work, dedication, and commitment to getting better all the hours practicing by yourself all the late nights studying all the effort in the gym all the putting drills till dark all the range balls till your hands hurt all the tournaments, practice rounds, long car drives, and weather delays all the wins and losses all the friends made You are more than your score   If you need any assistance please contact Recruit PKB College Recruiting Consultant Brandi Jackson at bjackson@pkbgt.org.

By |2022-03-10T14:05:22-05:00March 10th, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Tournament Schedule Insight

I often get asked advice on which tournaments/tours and how many tournaments a junior golfer should play. I wanted to share some of my advice on why this isn't a question that has a simple answer. There is not a "one size fits all" plan when it comes to tournament scheduling because all players have different goals, expectations, resume, family demands, priorities, and financial means that determine what a tourney schedule should look like. A few factors that dictate variations in tournament schedules include (but are not limited to): A player's goals for playing college golf and her current tournament resume will dictate the quality and quantity of playing in tournaments. Some top-ranked players may opt for a multi-day national-level event over playing 2 state-level tournaments so that player may actually play fewer tournaments. But a player still building a resume who doesn't qualify for bigger [...]

By |2022-02-23T11:05:15-05:00February 23rd, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Why Won’t The Coach Reply?

First, we are going to assume the NCAA rules allow the coach to respond (current 2022 and 2023 recruits). Once that is established there are several reasons why you may not get responses with the most common usually being that you aren’t being realistic with the strength of the golf program. But here are a few reasons why the coach may not be responding to your attempted to contact them: 1. The golf program isn’t realistic for your resume 2. Your academics aren’t strong enough for the school 3. It was a poorly written intro email 4. Your resume doesn’t have all the necessary info 5. They are done with your recruiting class 6. They are busy and just not focused on recruiting 7. They just simply aren’t interested or not seeking out new prospects I know it’s very frustrating to not receive responses back from [...]

By |2022-01-19T07:56:02-05:00January 15th, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Reflection of 2021

At the start of the new year, I shared with you some things to consider reflecting on from 2021 in order to then plan for 2022. I had all my clients do this assignment, this week I wanted to share some of the most common and most insightful responses that they shared with me. What sentence or phrase sums up your 2021? "A rollercoaster" "Hard work works" "Frustrating but making progress" "Improvise. Adapt. Overcome." "You learn more by losing than by winning,"   What is the biggest challenge you overcame this past year? "Balance between school and golf" "Online school" "Getting back up even when I wasn't seeing the progress" "Letting go of all the negative thoughts I had about my game" "Recovery from surgery/injury"   What was the single biggest time “waster” this year? "Doubting myself and thinking I couldn't" "Not working on my mental game" [...]

By |2022-01-16T11:15:55-05:00January 13th, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

Recruit PKB: Happy New Year

Happy New Year!! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and enjoyed your time with family and friends. I know this has been another tough year as we continue to navigate the Covid pandemic but here we are kicking off a new year. This is a great time to reflect on the accomplishments of 2021 and begin to plan for 2022. To all of those who signed NLI's or verbally committed to play college golf, I want to say a big congratulations. To those who may have chosen a different path with their futures, I also want to say a big congratulations. College golf may not be the correct route for everyone young golfer but you have still worked hard and made a big decision in your life. To all of those young girls who have practiced till it was dark, gotten up before the sunrise for [...]

By |2021-12-30T14:06:18-05:00December 29th, 2021|College Recruiting Articles|1 Comment

RecruitPKB: College Player Feedback Part 2

"Any young girl starting this process should know that, like anything, it takes practice to be comfortable emailing and talking to coaches, so don’t beat yourself up. I remember physically shaking before my first phone call! Do your best to prepare, which is all that you can ultimately control, and learn from every experience just like you do on the golf course." - Allie Kantor 2021 Recruit - UVA Class of 2025   The recruiting process certainly has a way of making you feel uncomfortable, but so does your golf game, college golf, and life in general. Learning to prepare for the steps in the recruiting process is vital to successful communication with college coaches. Those first emails when you hit send and first phone calls with a coach will make you a bit nervous and scared. But the more you learn, prepare and plan for each [...]

By |2021-12-10T12:50:20-05:00December 10th, 2021|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments
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