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RecruitPKB: Bad Attitude in College Recruiting

How much does a bad attitude affect a golfers chance for a scholarship? "Positive attitude is the number one thing I look for and a bad one is an instant radar killer. Have one and you’re off my radar immediately." - DI Women's Head Coach "Depends on the coach. Attitude might not affect scholarship but may affect how many options he/she has. A bad attitude usually reflects character, and character is the number one thing we look for in a recruit." DII Women's Head Coach I was recently asked this question on Instagram during a Q and A session so I reached out to a few coach friends of mine to see what they had to say. A bad attitude is definitely a consistent factor in a coaches "red flag" list. Keep in mind tho that all coaches do have different player styles that they like to see [...]

By | 2018-07-26T11:53:53+00:00 August 9th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

Recruit PKB: College Coaches Advice to Parents

  What advice would you give parents to better support their kids throughout junior golf? "Don't make decisions or discourage the decisions your children make. Help them learn how to do things for themselves." - D1 Men's and Women's Coach "Let the kid push themselves because in golf you need to be self-motivated once you get to college golf" - D1 Women's Coach "Let them be responsible for themselves, making schedules, filling out applications" - D1 Men's Coach "Stay out of the way and don't interfere with golf swings. Let the instructor or coach deal with it and let it be their responsibility" - D2 Men's and Women's Coach "Parents need to realize that not every kid is going to be a superstar, in fact, most often, their child will excel when they play a supportive role behind the scenes." - D1 Women's Coach How much of [...]

By | 2018-07-26T11:24:19+00:00 August 2nd, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Understanding the Coach’s Gut Feeling

Many parts of the recruiting process are difficult to understand and explain but a coach's "gut feeling" is definitely one of the toughest, especially in my role with a player and parent who are trying to figure out if and what they may have done wrong. I recently asked a college coach to share her thoughts on that "gut feeling" and this is what she had to say: "Last year I tried to soul search for the best way to answer that because I realized I haven’t ever signed two players for the same reason. The only thing they all had in common was a feeling I got at some point along the way that told me I need her on my team! And now I just own it because it really is true. No resume stands out for being great, the only ones that “stand [...]

By | 2018-07-26T11:16:26+00:00 July 26th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Embrace Being Different

We were all made to be unique individuals. We all look different, think different and act differently. But as a middle school or high school student, it can sometimes be difficult to accept the things about yourself that are different. It is so tempting to want to fit in and be part of the popular crowd. But, the truth is the people who learn to embrace the things about themselves that make them unique tend to be the ones that go on to be more successful than those that don't. They are more confident and secure because they know who they are and they know that their uniqueness sets them apart from everyone else. I promise that what you think is popular now will mean very little a year from now and especially once you get to college. Growing up it wasn't necessarily "cool" to be a [...]

By | 2018-07-19T10:42:25+00:00 July 19th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Parents at Tournaments

As summer golfer continues to heat up (literally) I wanted to send a quick reminder for some tips for the parents while out watching your daughter play. One of the first experiences a coach will have when recruiting a player is the interaction that they see between a parent and child at a junior golf tournament. Below are a few tips on ways to ensure your role at a tournament is a positive one for both your daughter and a college coach. Don’t hover when they are warming up:  Try not to hover over your daughter while she is warming up to play. It is ok to watch her hit balls and to be there to assist her if she needs it but don't overdo it. It's a red flag to a coach if a parent dictates everything their daughter does during their warm up. Let her have space [...]

By | 2018-06-27T10:19:26+00:00 June 21st, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Coaches take on Finding the Right Fit

I asked the coaches to share their thoughts on what a recruit should consider in order to find the right fit, here are some of their responses.   “The Coach, what is expected by the coach out of the student athlete, size of school, area of study, how far you want to be from home, the team.” – D1 Coach “Do they like the school, the coach and the team? Does the school have the correct major for the student. It is important to establish a relationship with the coach and to know the students on the team. The student must be qualified academically. The student has to have a solid tournament record.” – Division 1 Women’s Golf Coach “Does the school have my major field of study? How many players are on the team? Is the program set up to help me elevate my game from [...]

By | 2018-06-15T16:56:34+00:00 June 14th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Take Visits

All steps of the recruiting process are necessary in order to successfully find the right college fit, however taking college visits is when the process really begins to take shape. Due to an updated NCAA policy that went into effect in April 2018, college coaches and athletic staff are no longer allowed to meet with prospective student-athletes when they are on campus until Sept 1 of their junior year. At that point, however, official visits are now allowed to take place. While the days of freshmen and sophomores taking unofficial visits to meet with college coaches are over, the importance is now placed on communication prior to that time and the impression a recruit makes on those visits during junior year. You can still visit and tour the campus prior to Sept 1 of junior year and communicate with the coach within the contact rules via phone [...]

By | 2018-05-17T15:38:43+00:00 May 17th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Research 75+ Realistic Schools

After you have created your college golf resume, it's time to find out what schools you realistically match with. Use the Women’s College Breakdown to identify schools that fit you athletically.  Once you have determined where you fit in athletically use www.golfstat.com to find golf programs that fit your athletic abilities and resume. At Golfstat you will find all of the D1, D2, D3 and NAIA programs ranked within their division to help you get started. Finding a realistic golf program is only part of the process. You must then do the research to find out which ones fit you academically, geographically, socially and financially.  You can use the Ping College Golf Guide, www.collegegolf.com to research the golf programs and contact the coaches. Also, check out the team's social media and athletics' website. For more about the school itself, check out www.collegeboard.com and www.princetonreview.com. These sites will [...]

By | 2018-05-04T10:59:42+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

Recruit PKB: Building a Resume

As the PKBGT continues to grow, many new players and parents begin to seek advice about the college recruiting process, so I wanted to take us back to some of the early stages of the process for the next several weeks and cover the basics of getting started. Building a quality resume is one of the most important steps in the college recruiting process. While your game and on course demeanor will speak for itself out on the course, your resume will be the first insight a coach has into you as an all-around person. There are many ways to create a resume ranging from a simple document version, your own website or utilizing an online resume service. I recommend players utilize the Junior Golf Scoreboard resume service because it ensures you have a completed resume and it will automatically update the majority of your results for [...]

By | 2018-04-18T10:58:03+00:00 April 19th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Tournament Schedule

A very important step to remember is to email coaches with your upcoming schedule. Now that we are in full-time spring golf and the summer months are just around the corner it is a great time to do this. Coaches have no way of knowing where you will be playing unless you tell them. So, if you want them to come out and watch you play, make sure you let them know where you are going to be. Don't wait until the end of summer to send them your results, make the opportunity available for them to come out and watch you play. For 2019 recruits, coaches are able to reply to your emails so it may be a good question to ask if they plan to recruit at a tournament nearby that you are considering playing in. If you are a sophomore or younger you don't [...]

By | 2018-04-05T11:30:43+00:00 April 12th, 2018|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments