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RecruitPKB: A Look at 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 top 5 individuals from a mix of DI programs (through March 27th of the 2023-2024 fall and spring seasons). Typically collegiate tournaments at this level are played from approximately 6000-6200 yards. Also, collegiate tournaments are set up more difficult with pin placements, faster greens, and overall tougher conditions given the time of year that collegiate golf is played (not summer golf weather). And the added pressure of your coach and teammates counting on you heightens the stress level just a bit when you step on that first tee each time. Many times you will hear a coach say they are trying to recruit to replace their #2 or #3 players on the team, this [...]

By |2024-03-29T13:41:45-04:00March 28th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: How to say I am not interested

I've had this question asked several times by players over the years, "how do I tell a coach that I am not interested?".  This may be a question you face at different stages of communication with a coach so I wanted to address a couple of scenarios and give you some insight into how I have my players address this topic. If you receive an initial email from a coach at a school that you know you would not attend no matter what, it is still common courtesy to send a reply back. Even if your resume is much stronger than the girls who play for that program, NEVER think you are better than the players, the school, or the coach. We have all been at different stages in our games, we all have different goals of playing (and coaching) college golf and many coaches work tirelessly to [...]

By |2024-03-21T16:56:58-04:00March 20th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Recruiting Green Flag #2

Showing your interest in the program you are contacting is a definite green flag in the process. This is certainly easier at some programs if you have grown up as a fan of that particular school/program as opposed to just learning about it but you can still find ways. During the season you can always reach out about their current schedule and tourneys. Follow their social media. Keep up and follow along! Be excited and interested! Also, sometimes just showing you are interested in college or professional golf in general can be a green flag. Maybe you watched or attended an event. Or you have some questions. Just your interest and willingness to learn shows them a lot! But it has to be genuine. Don’t just do it bc you think you’re supposed to, do it bc you’re trying to learn and get better!

By |2024-03-14T13:43:06-04:00March 14th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Recruiting Green Flag #1

Your willingness to include scores (good and bad) on your resume and emails is a huge green flag. Coaches LOVE to see scores and they LOVE transparency, honesty, and when you make things EASY for them! If you only tell them how you finished that doesn’t tell them anything. If you only give them your best scores that doesn’t show them the overall tourney experience you’re getting. If you leave out bad scores they have Google and a JGS coach login to see them all! If you don’t give them insight on what you’re learning from the bad rounds then you’re not showing them your development and growth. If you make things harder for them to get the important info they need to evaluate you then you are wasting the very limited they are spending on you!

By |2024-03-08T12:47:26-05:00March 8th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: What You Think You Deserve

"Golf is the one sport that doesn't give you what you 'think you deserve'." - Danielle Kang In consulting young female golfers who are extremely hard-working, intelligent, and disciplined I see their struggles with expectations and perfectionism on the golf course. So many of these young ladies have the mentality that when you study hard you expect to get good grades, therefore if you work hard at golf you expect to have good scores. And while yes, hard work and good golf scores do go hand in hand, that mentality of expectation with academics doesn’t exactly work the same with your golf game. And when that mentality takes over a young golfer's mind it is extremely difficult for them to adjust, relax, and allow things to happen once they struggle in a golf tourney. Hard work needs to build trust - not expectation. I am no golf [...]

By |2024-02-29T09:21:47-05:00February 28th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Verbal vs. NLI

I wanted to do a comparison of the difference between a verbal commitment and when you actually sign your NLI. A verbal commitment is just a verbal agreement which is not legally binding, however, the NLI legally binds a student-athlete (SA) to attend that institution for one academic year in exchange for receiving athletic aid. While a verbal commitment can be made once communication begins on June 15th prior to junior year, the SA can only sign the NLI when the signing period begins in November of their senior year. A verbal commitment is an agreement between an SA and the current coach. The NLI is an agreement between the SA and the institution. Once the NLI is signed all recruiting discussions with other coaches must end. If an SA has made a verbal commitment and the coach leaves that institution, the SA is not required to [...]

By |2024-02-15T14:40:17-05:00February 14th, 2024|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 |2024-02-08T14:05:59-05:00February 7th, 2024|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. This has varying ranges as the number of tournaments is likely important at one stage of your development. Then it does become a bit more about the quality of tournaments over the quantity once you [...]

By |2024-02-01T13:57:26-05:00February 1st, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Starting the Process Webinar

Getting ready to start the college recruiting process? Check out the most recent PKBGT webinar for some insight on tackling those initial steps. Understand the NCAA Rules and Eligibility  Insight Into Scholarships Scoring Average Standards for Playing in College Creating a Resume and Video Contacting Coaches WATCH HERE   -Brandi Jackson, RecruitPKB College Consultant For questions or to schedule your free PKB 30-Minute Initial Consultation send an email to bjackson@pkbgt.org

By |2024-01-25T20:06:40-05:00January 25th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments

RecruitPKB: Focus On What You Can Do

Continuing in this series.. “What you think you need vs what you actually need." This one is comparing yourself to others when you need to be focused on what you can do. So I feel like we all KNOW this but sometimes we just need a reminder every now and then. Stop for a second and think if social media didn’t exist. Seriously, stop for a second. Take a deep breath and just think about it. Let all the stuff that consumes your thoughts that come strictly from what you see on social media escape your perception of yourself, your golf game, and the recruiting process. Would you tend to just stay in your own lane and focus on your own timing and goals? Would you feel better about yourself and your golf game? Would you be happier and less anxious about the process? Clearly, we can’t [...]

By |2024-01-11T16:46:18-05:00January 17th, 2024|College Recruiting Articles|0 Comments
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