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RecruitPKB: Prioritize Your Criteria

While it's rare for even the best players in the country to get everything they want from their college decision, it helps to prioritize your criteria and focus on schools that offer the best opportunity to have access to your higher priority factors. Keep in mind though, if those schools are unrealistic in comparison to your resume then you likely won't get any responses and limit your options. There is a balance between staying open-minded in order to find options that are realistic, while also keeping in mind the aspects that you feel are most important to you. These are 10 of the more common aspects to consider in determining your college golf experience: đź“ŚAcademic demand đź“ŚGolf demand đź“ŚLocation đź“ŚSocial life đź“ŚSize đź“ŚScholarship opportunity đź“ŚCoach relationship đź“ŚMajor selection đź“ŚCost đź“ŚWeather The likelihood of playing time, workout demands, team diversity and strength of schedule are some other factors [...]

By | 2018-01-18T08:03:07+00:00 January 18th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Q and A with Lee University Coach

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 John Maupin, head women's golf coach at top 20 ranked DII Lee University.   Do you prefer that a recruit fills out the online questionnaire or sends their resume? Or both? We prefer to receive their resume, it is much more likely to get our attention in a timely manner that way.   What do you look for when observing a recruit on the course? Very rarely are we looking for a specific result when observing a recruit on the course. We already typically have a good idea of their average score, so we are trying to observe the intangibles. How do they prepare for their round? How do they react when something goes wrong? Do they communicate/rely on their parents for [...]

By | 2018-01-10T15:06:39+00:00 January 10th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|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

Recruit PKB: Don’t Overlook DIII Programs

"As a DIII coach, I see families who overlook the experience that can be had at a DIII level for a strong player." This was the answer to “what is the biggest mistake you see junior golf families make in the recruiting process?” John Rogers, Head Coach at DIII Bridgewater College gave a great answer to shed some light on the experience you can receive playing DIII college golf. Yes, it’s great to have a big goal of playing DI golf but that isn’t always the fit nor the best opportunity for many players. And don’t be scared off by the absence of “golf scholarships”, I have seen numerous players get as good if not better packages at a good DIII program than any DI or DII program was going to offer. Coach Rogers full quote: “As a DIII coach I see families who overlook the experience [...]

By | 2017-12-15T14:16:11+00:00 December 14th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

Recruit PKB: Growth or Fixed Mindset?

How do you handle adversity, challenges, and setbacks? With a fixed mindset or a growth mindset? One of my favorite and most influential books is Carol Dweck's Mindset. She has conducted numerous studies and research on the difference in those who possess a fixed mindset and those who have a growth mindset. This past weekend I had the opportunity to sit down with a top 50 ranked DI college golf coach to discuss plans for one of my players who would be playing there. We wanted to create some steps and goals to help this player be more prepared for when she stepped foot on campus in the fall. A lot of our discussion centered around mindset and creating more of a growth mindset when it comes to challenges and getting better at all areas of golf and life. I thought I would share a little insight into to [...]

By | 2017-12-06T14:04:11+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Player Performance Articles|0 Comments

Recruit PKB: Do Your Research

"I always appreciate it when a recruit has done a little research on college golf, and my team in particular." - Emily Kuhfeld,  GA Southern Women's Head Coach Part of the recruiting process is to learn more about the school, coach, and golf program as you communicate with a college coach, but do as much initial research as you can. You can learn a lot thru the resources that are available online such as the school and team website, PING College Guide, CollegeBoard.com, Golfstat.com, Golfweek.com, and social media. Also doing your research on the NCAA rules will show a coach that you’re serious about this process and understand what can and can’t happen at different stages. This will help you not make mistakes or misunderstand why a coach may not be responding to your emails or phone calls.   If you do the research you will be much more prepared for [...]

By | 2017-11-30T13:08:24+00:00 November 30th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: What is the NLI?

As we wrap up the NLI Early Signing Period, I wanted to share some insight on FAQs about signing an NLI. What is the NLI? The NLI (National Letter of Intent) is an agreement signed by the student-athlete, parent or guardian and the institution that states the student athlete’s commitment to attend the institution for one full academic year, in return the institution agrees to provide athletic financial aid for one full academic year. How is it different from a verbal commitment? The NLI is different from a verbal commitment in that it is legally binding and it's an agreement between the student-athlete and the institution (not the coach). Also, the NLI can only be signed during designated signing periods (see below) whereas a verbal commitment can be made at any time. When is the NLI signed? For golf, there are two signing periods, an NLI can only be signed [...]

By | 2017-11-09T14:22:54+00:00 November 9th, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: When do I start the process?

A few days ago I gave the opportunity to my social media followers to post or send questions about junior golf and college recruiting. Over the next few weeks, I am going to take those questions and share some insight with you on my answers in case you missed those discussions. The first question, which I actually received 3 different times that evening, was along the lines of "at what age do you recommend a girl start the recruiting process." Clearly, this is a question that I get asked often so I have learned a few different ways to approach my response. As with many things in the process, there are rarely definitive answers and this is definitely one of the tougher ones to answer. For starting the recruiting process and contacting coaches, it’s more about the strength of a player's resume than it is their age, [...]

By | 2017-11-05T11:26:58+00:00 November 2nd, 2017|College Recruiting Articles|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