With spring around the corner, am I staying active in the college recruiting process?

Remain proactive by establishing and following a specific plan.

As you transition from winter to spring, it’s a good time to come up with a “to do” list of action items for the coming months relative to the college recruiting process. The following provides some essential action items for you to accomplish as you continue your pursuit of playing college golf.

  • Continue to make your academics a priority – Grades matter! Make it a goal to have a great spring semester academically. Additionally, if you’re a junior in high school, be sure to take either the SAT or ACT exam if you haven’t done so already.
  • Register with the The NCAA Eligibility Center – The NCAA recommends you register with the Eligibility Center during your sophomore year in high school. Additionally, for all junior golfers in high school with an eye on playing college golf, make sure to download and review a copy of the NCAA Guide for the College Bound Student-Athlete. This guide details the NCAA initial-eligibility process for all prospective NCAA Division I or II student-athletes. It is a must-read resource as it covers additional topics, such as amateurism status, key recruiting terms, and recruiting calendars for Divisions I, II, and III, as well as information on scholarships and the National Letter of Intent.
  • Follow college golf results and/or attend a college tournament(s) – Visit Golfstat and BirdieFire to follow college golf results. You can also find a college tournament to attend near you by reviewing local universities’ spring tournament schedules. Following college golf online and/or attending an event in person will keep you current with college golf and also allow you access to the necessary information to personalize your communication with your schools of interest.
  • Visit college campuses – Make a goal to visit a couple of college campuses while they’re in session prior to summer. These visits are one of the most important action items in the recruiting process and an opportunity to see interested campuses first hand, potentially meet the coaches and players, and tour the golf facilities. Additionally, by taking a campus tour, you can see other on-campus attractions, such as dorms, dining areas, recreation center, etc.
  • Plan your tournament schedule for spring and early summer – Ensure you have a tournament schedule planned that will allow you to build your tournament experience, competitive confidence, and golf resume. Check the AJGA PBE Map to ensure the events are recognized for AJGA PBE Status.
  • Communicate with coaches – Email periodic updates to your target list of schools. Be sure to attach your updated JGS Golf & Academic Resume, which will include all the pertinent information for college coaches to properly evaluate you as a potential prospect and include your planned tournament schedule for the spring. Additionally, make sure to follow their respective tournament results and communicate periodic follow-ups specific to their results. Although spring is a busy time for coaches due to team travel, keeping them well informed is essential.

Navigating junior golf and the college process requires continued effort and attention. The aforementioned actions will assist you as you further pursue your journey from junior golfer to college student-athlete.

Keep swinging!

Ted Gleason
Road to College Golf


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