When Should Junior Golf Prospects Expect to Receive Offers from College Coaches?
Article by Nicky Goetze
The recruiting process in junior golf has become very accelerated, with top-ranked prospects verbally committing to college golf programs in the early stages of their high school careers and even during 7th or 8th grade. Because of this reality, junior golfers and their parents often become anxious if they haven’t yet found college golf opportunities. Thoughts like “everyone has committed except me” and “my chance has passed me by” are all too common. This inaccurate perspective can lead to unnecessary stress.
Remember, just because some players make early commitments to coaches doesn’t mean that final recruiting decisions are happening early for most prospects.
What are you doing to make yourself stand out amongst junior golfers in your grad year?
Do you want a college coach to know how to contact you?
Did you know that 100 times a month coaches look at the resumes here on the Scoreboard?
Do you want them to put you on their “watch” list?
Do you have tournaments that you play that coaches don’t know about like qualifiers and high school events?
Do you have accomplishments outside of golf you are proud of and want to share?
If you own A Golf and Academic Resume with the Junior Golf Scoreboard, you will be steps ahead of your competitors who are competing for those limited college golfing scholarships. For Grad Years 2015 & 2016 junior golfers, now is the time to let college coaches know you want to play college golf. Coaches are watching! Click Here to learn more about this great tool!
And click the More . . . link below to see the list of 2015 Grad Year Resume owners and the colleges they are attending.
In golf, many people mention rotator cuff exercises but neglect the shoulder blade/scapula. While exercising is very important, if your scapula is protruding, your shoulder will not be as strong or as stable as it should be. Your stabilizing muscles in the rotator cuff are attached to the floating bone that is designed to assist you during a golf swing.
Read about the benefits of improving your shoulder posture in my article by selecting "More..." below.
Mancheno Sets Course Record on his way to Victory at Adena
The beautiful Adena Golf and Country Club in Ocala, Florida, hosted the Florida Junior Tour this weekend. Course Superintendent, Asa High, and the rest of his staff had the course in immaculate condition for the event. John Reger, the General Manager at first-time host Adena, also did a great job preparing his staff for this exciting tournament! Both the girls’ and boys' 16-18 divisions provided plenty of highlights during their rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
Brandon Mancheno,of Jacksonville, had an incredible first nine holes of play on Saturday and never looked back. He played very aggressive in his first nine holes and shot a beyond impressive, six under par, 30, to take a significant lead over the rest of the field. Mancheno was able to post a first round, 66, a new course record at Adena Golf and Country Club.
Patience is a virtue. Because of the pace of golf, the stopping and starting in a round, and the general slooooowwww motion of the game, it is imperative that players learn the merit of this virtue. Of course, learning patience will require some patience.
Let’s face it, we live in a “here and now” culture. Our computers cannot compute quickly enough, our microwave ovens are too slow in their microwaving, in the winter our cars don’t heat up fast enough, and so on, and so on… Use yourself as a guinea pig and test how often you become frustrated because of the lack of speed of something. If my suspicions are correct, you will notice a lack of patience in yourself around every corner.
As a vital component to our full-time Junior Elite Program at the Mike Bender Golf Academy, practicing smart can make the difference between progressing toward your goals in an efficient and timely manner verses spinning your wheels and wasting your time on the practice tee. What should you practice? How long and why? All great questions for the amateur, junior, and professional player alike.
At the MBEGA we make it our goal to help all of our students understand what and when to practice. In fact, we have broken it down into a science; a science that involves specific assessments and test performed at various times of the year for each of our Elite junior golfers.