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

Recruit PKB: Questions to Ask Yourself

As the spring and summer months creep upon us, many girls will be making their college decisions or kicking off the process on June 15th. It's a very exciting time but also a time to take a few minutes to ask yourself some questions about what you want out of your college experience. It easy to get wrapped up in the lure of a school, the golf program, the facilities, and the athletic department. Coaches will do their best to impress you when you are on a visit. It's part of their job to convince you that the school and golf program is outstanding. It's your job to decide if it will actually be the best fit for you or not. Below are a few of the questions that every player needs to ask before making their final decision to play college golf. Is your personality compatible [...]

By |2022-03-24T09:31:06-04:00March 23rd, 2022|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

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: 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

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

RecruitPKB: College Player Feedback Part 1

"I would say my least favorite part of the recruiting process was the very beginning. It was difficult for me to stay motivated at that point when I wasn’t seeing those immediate responses from coaches or a lot of immediate results. But as I learned, it is a long process, and it was definitely worth the patience and time I put in in the end." - Megan Morris, Freshman at Rhodes College   For those who may feel like the process isn’t going as you imagined or you aren’t seeing the results from your work, just remember to stay focused on your efforts. The timeline and end goal may look very different than what you’re anticipating right now, but if you are committed and persistent then it is going to work out as it should. It requires a lot of trust in the process but also not [...]

By |2021-12-02T10:20:31-05:00December 2nd, 2021|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Resume or Questionnaire

Based on a survey I conducted to coaches these were the results on whether to send your resume or questionnaire: Both: 54% Resume Only: 38% Either: 8% Questionnaire Only: 0% So I think the evidence is pretty clear, at a minimum the resume is a must over just filling out the questionnaire. And if you’re really interested, it’s probably a good idea to fill out both! Many times a player's resume does not include all that a coach needs to see so they may automatically default you to fill out the questionnaire to make sure you give them the info needed to properly evaluate you. So if they request that or you find it online, take the time to fill it out, along with sending a good quality resume and a well-written intro email.   If you need any assistance with developing your resume or contacting coaches [...]

By |2021-10-21T17:24:13-04:00October 21st, 2021|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Tips for Visits

Below are a few things for both girls and their parents to keep in mind when taking visits. For Junior Golfers: Dress appropriately. Golf attire is fine or a nice casual outfit. Wear comfortable shoes. Always go for more conservative, nothing too short, thin straps, or low cut. Leave your phone alone. To keep you from even being tempted to check your phone during the visit it is best to just leave it in the car or your bag while you are on a visit. Look the coach in the eye and firmly shake their hand when you walk into their office. Sit up straight in the chair. Don’t slouch and slump. Be enthusiastic. Make sure the coach knows you are excited to be there. Ask questions. The worst thing you can do when a coach asks if you have any questions is to say “no”. Jot a few questions [...]

By |2021-08-20T09:55:48-04:00August 19th, 2021|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

Recruit PKB: Practice Rounds

Last week's article talked about the difference between practice rounds and tournament rounds for scoring. Below are some thoughts on ways to maximize your time during a practice round and better prepare for the tournament. Please keep in mind that this is not to encourage slow play during a practice round nor break any rules that a junior tour has enforced regarding practice rounds. Only apply these if and when they are applicable and acceptable. If you have a yardage book write down targets that you plan to aim at off the tee (ex. edge of a bunker, tree trunk, etc). Write down if you might hit a different club off the tee other than a driver or if you will have a different strategy if the wind or conditions change. Write down lay-up yardages on par 5s so you will know where you want to leave [...]

RecruitPKB: Practice with a Purpose

“Always have quality practices. Don't just beat balls. Staying on the range all day does you no good if nothing is accomplished.” - Division 2 Women's Coach žLearning to practice with a purpose is a skill most junior golfers don't learn until they reach college. It is difficult to have the accountability, structure, and motivation to truly practice with a purpose as a young golfer. But for those players who can learn to achieve this at an earlier age will quickly see improvements in their game and be more prepared for college golf. Have a plan of action every day you go to the golf course: Before you even step foot onto the golf course or practice facility write down what you would like to accomplish that day. Simply writing it down will create some accountability and motivation. The more specific you are about your goals the [...]

By |2021-07-15T16:36:22-04:00July 15th, 2021|Player Performance Articles|0 Comments
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