How Can Golf Recruits Maximize Visibility Among College Coaches?

Article by John Brooks

College golf coaches typically recruit two or three new players to their teams from each graduating class. During the year, they are apt to receive calls, emails, letters, and text messages from hundreds of prospects while also communicating with players they have sought out as potential recruits for their programs. So how does a player, as one of those hundreds of prospects, develop a proactive strategy that helps his name stay on a coach’s short list of recruits for his graduating class?

The most obvious answer is to shoot very low scores in tournaments, make excellent grades in school, and achieve an above-average test score on the SAT or ACT. Realizing this may not happen exactly as planned or hoped for, prospects need to incorporate a proactive approach that affords them the best opportunity possible to get recruited.

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Do you want to play golf in college?

What are you doing to make yourself standout 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 profiles 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 2014 Grad Year Resume owners and the colleges they are attending.

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Cardiorespiratory Endurance

Championship Fitness by Kelly Shobe

With increased demands on time, young golfers want to workout quickly but keep their cardiorespiratory endurance at optimal efficiency. High Intensity Interval Training involves alternating between very intense bouts of exercise and low intensity exercise, preferably at a 1:4 interval ratio for beginners. So jog at a moderate intensity for 60 seconds then sprint for 15 seconds (complete 10 times) but only once or twice a week to increase anaerobic and aerobic capacities.

Read about the benefits of improving your cardiorespiratory endurance in my article by selecting "More..." below.

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    We Are Now Listing Class of
    2015 Early Signees!

Are you a 2015 early signee? Send us a copy of page 1 of your National Letter of Intent (NLI) by Email or by (FAX) 804-527-0834. Select "More..." below to see our complete listing.

Junior Boys
  • Tyler Joiner - Georgia Tech
  • Logan Archer - West Alabama (D-II)
  • Trevor Lampson - California Baptist 
  • Dylan Godfrey - Texas - San Antonio
  • John Lazor - Dartmouth
 
Junior Girls
  • Sybil Robinson - Michigan State
  • Shannen Stewart - Oklahoma Baptist (NAIA)
  • Mackenzie Meadows - Tulsa
  • Sammy Winchester - Cal Poly
  • Alexa Popowitz - Georgetown

As of today, we have received and posted over 575 Letters of Intent!

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Texas Junior Golf Tour (TJGT)

Alexandria Bennett Wins Cypresswood Junior Championship

Cypresswood Golf Club played host to the TJGT Houston this weekend as Mother Nature did her best to spoil the festivities. Cold and rain plagued the event as the kids were treated to miserable cold on Saturday and consistent, spitting rain with temperature swings of 15 degrees up and down all day.

Alexandria Bennett (1st) Brooke Tyree (2nd) and Diara Moreno (3rd) battled the most significant temperature drop at the end of the day to finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in the Girls 11-14 Division.

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Tour Events

TGF - 4th Annual Bullet Bell Holiday Classic
November 29 - 30, 2014

TGF - Pine Needles Girls Classic
December 28 -29, 2014

RMJGT - 2014 Tournament of Champions
December 27 -28, 2014

FCG - San Diego Junior Amateur
December 29-31, 2014 & January 3 - 4, 2015

North American Junior Amateur Championship
December 30, 2014 - January 3, 2015

Saving Strokes with Your Short Game

Todd Casabella - Mike Bender Golf Academy

Many strokes can be saved in the short game. When you miss a green your ability to save par is an obvious benefit to your score. But there's more to a good short game than. It provides confidence to attack the golf course. If your confident you can get up and down from anywhere, you can play aggressive.

At the Mike Bender Golf Academy we teach four basic short game shots: low, medium, high and flop. The shot you select to play depends on many factors, the most basic three being the lie of the ball, the landing spot on the green and the amount of roll. Once you have assessed these factors you pick the club and the type of shot.

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Mistake After Mistake

The Mental Game by Michael Riggs

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

The round is over and you are driving home unconsciously replaying the missed five foot putt for birdie, or the duck hook that found the center of the pond, or the simple chip shot that carried all but eight inches, or… and, with each painful replay you find yourself shaking your head back and forth, ever so gently, wondering what went wrong.

The truth, first and foremost, is that your concept of the game is wrong.

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