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RecruitPKB: A College Player’s Perspective

Last week I shared some insight from Howard Bertram, who's daughter Sarah played on the PKBGT, before playing college golf at Gardner-Webb University. I asked Sarah to share her thoughts on her college golf experience. What did you learn the most from playing college golf? Through golf, I learned to look beyond just the game itself. From my experience, I remember the van rides, silly trick shot sessions, and spending time with my teammates in countless hotel rooms more than actually playing golf. Though golf is important (it got me to where I am today), the lifelong friendships and memories I have made along the way are what I value the most. Looking back, the things that seem little at the time are actually the big things.   How was your school, coach, and team a good fit for you?  First and foremost, Gardner-Webb is a Christian [...]

RecruitPKB: A College Parent’s Perspective

I met Sarah Bertram and her father, Howard, during her junior year of high school. She had done a little work with the college recruiting process but had not gotten very far at that stage and she was one of those late arrivers to the game so we had a few things working against us. We did her evaluation, put her resume together and got going ASAP. After months of searching, emailing and visiting colleges she found her home at Gardner-Webb University, a DI school in Boiling Spring, NC with 2700 students. I was able to follow her college golf career, mostly through social media and her dad, which we all know social media can be a tad misleading at times when it comes to someone being happy or not. Thankfully, Sarah had an amazing 4 years of playing college golf! I asked her dad to share [...]

RecruitPKB: 12 Habits of a Successful Jr Golfer

There are a lot of qualities and characteristics that a junior golfer needs to possess beyond their golf scores in order to be successful both on and off the golf course. These are 12 that I consider to be the most important ones: You are coachable - You are willing to listen, try, and change how you do things in order to get better You set goals - You have goals and dreams that make you excited to get up and work hard every day You learn from others - You understand that there is a lot to learn from others who have more experience than you do You use your resources - You utilize all of the tools, people, and education that is available to you in order to get better and make good decisions You plan and prepare - You don’t show up and go [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:44:42+00:00 March 1st, 2017|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Practice your Weaknesses

I'm sure many of you have heard the saying that "you're only as strong as your weakest link". Well, the same applies for your golf game. In order to become a complete player, you must identify your weaknesses and practice them. It's human nature to want to practice the things you are good at instead of the things you struggle with the most. I caught myself facing this same issue early in my professional career. My college boyfriend was a good golfer and came out to caddy for me during a tournament. He noticed that most of my missed shots and bogeys were with my longer irons. He also noticed that during practice I hit twice as many shots with my short irons as I did with my long irons. So I decided to focus on hitting more shots with my long irons than I did any [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:45:19+00:00 August 25th, 2016|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: It Takes More Than Just Talent

“It’s not about how talented you are, it’s about how hard you work to make the most of the talent you were given” –  Me   This may sound crazy, but one of the biggest detriments to a young player’s development is being told how talented they are. Check out this short video about motivation and hard work. I was one of those players who had a very natural talent for golf from an early age. I didn’t have to be taught a lot of mechanics, early in my golf career swing coaches wouldn’t make any changes to my swing except a few tweaks to my setup if it got off. I could naturally figure out how to properly swing the club, work the ball, creatively get myself out of trouble and hit different short game shots around the green without thinking much about mechanics.   Now [...]

By | 2017-09-13T11:45:58+00:00 December 10th, 2015|College Recruiting Articles, The Complete Golfer|0 Comments

News: Brooks Wins VA State Title

LORTON, VA -- OCTOBER 24, 2012 This year, given another opportunity, Shannon Brooks closed the deal and the Madison Warhawks’ sophomore is the Virginia High School League’s Girls State Open champion as a result. Brooks won the 2012 title Oct. 23 with a 1-over, two-day total of 72-73–145 on the par-72 Laurel Hill Golf Club course in Lorton. She won by two shots over defending champion Abby Portyrata of Clover Hill and Lyndsey Hunnell of Lord Botetourt, who each carded 147 totals. “I thought it would take par golf to win,” said Brooks, who was the first-round leader. Brooks also was the first-round leader a year ago when she shot 70, but finished third by struggling to a second-round 79. “That made me nervous,” Brooks said in regard to leading again after the first round. “I bogeyed the first hole, then I calmed down and hit the [...]

By | 2013-01-21T20:42:04+00:00 October 30th, 2012|Players in the News|0 Comments

Anderson Wins VA 3A Title

VIRGINIA BEACH - OCTOBER 9, 2012 Manchester junior Lyberty Anderson entered Tuesday's final round of the Group AAA state golf tournament trailing Jason Park by one shot. And after 17 holes at Red Wing Lake Golf Club, Park, a senior at James River, still held a one-shot lead heading to the par-5 No. 9. But Anderson is no stranger to pressure. She won the VHSL girls state title as a freshman and three consecutive Richmond Women's Golf Association city tournament titles. Anderson reached the green in two shots and sank a 12-foot eagle putt to become the first girl to win the Group AAA tournament since Chantilly's Jenny Suh in 2002. "I was actually shaking a little bit," Anderson said. "I was a little bit nervous and I wasn't that confident over it, honestly." But when she saw the ball drop in the hole, she couldn't hold [...]

By | 2012-11-02T14:34:12+00:00 October 30th, 2012|Players in the News|0 Comments