Are You Looking For A Golf Recruitment Or Scholarship?
Are you looking forward to being a professional golfer and you are just a high schooler? Your dreams are valid. All you need is competence, passion and hard work in looking for a recruiting coach or school. Golf scholarship is not easy to come by, but through applications and determination, you never know if you are the next lucky person to get one.
Here are the guidelines you should follow to earn yourself a golf scholarship.
When golf coaches sit in the round table to discuss scholarship recruitment, they consider three critical aspects. For one, your GPA, academics and test scores have to be good. So ensure you have a strong GPA.
Now, this is the most vital part; you have to be competent enough. Coaches or recruiting colleges want to recruit high school golfers or junior golfers who participated in various tournaments. While high school tournaments count, they are not enough to show your success in golf. Participation in quality summer events such as AJGA, USGA, and State Association tournaments is a crucial start.
Last but not least is character. You may not be great at golf yet, but through discipline, you will eventually get there. That's why the character is the most important. Having a great attitude will make a coach take you in, even if you are not a perfect golfer.
How scholarship recruitment takes place
When it comes to scholarships, there are about 150,000 men to 75,000 women in the US competing in the high school level for a chance to play golf in college. The biggest challenge becomes the accessibility the coaches have to student-athletes.
The best thing is that there are now recruitment resources available to help coaches get in touch with potential student-athletes.
Searching for a school
When it comes to searching for a school, start by creating a list of the schools you would like to join during your freshman years. Then check if your academic record, athletic skills qualifies you for the team. Measure your character and see if you are good enough to give the coach a reason to select you. Refine your list by asking your high school advisor the extracurricular activities that will increase your chances for selection. In your junior and senior years, your school's list should be almost complete by adding or removing schools according to your preference. Consult with the admissions to know if you are eligible for acceptance at your most preferred schools.
Creating your resume
When writing your resume, include all your essential tournaments and results and double-check for accuracy. Post your best ten multi-day tournaments per year. Send the resume digitally, you can maximize its length.
Emailing and phone calls to coaches
You are free to email coaches as much as you like but before you do, check if your academic and athletic record suits that particular school; otherwise you won't get feedback. Then personalize your emails. Check grammatical errors, make it short but comprehensive and let the coach know why you are interested in their school.
About phone calls, you can call a coach at any time, personalize your call as well, be confident and ask engaging questions. Leave personalized messages in their voicemail, and you may be lucky enough to get a callback.
Call or email your coach two weeks earlier to schedule a 30 minutes meeting and also to tour the campus and see the tour golf and athletic facilities and freshman dorms.
Earning a scholarship
If a coach comes to watch you play, then you have won the recruitment. They look for players with mental toughness, composure and maturity. They will also be interested in your routine on every shot, practice time, your attitude during play and your focus on efficient practice.
A scholarship is usually a one-year agreement between the player and the coach and includes fees, tuition, books, board and room. However, if as a player, you are competent enough, you are likely to remain on the scholarship.
Earning a scholarship isn’t easy. If you want the coach to identify you, look like a professional golfer. Proper grooming is vital, and a good parent relationship is helpful as well as it will translate to an excellent coach-player relationship.