Junior Golf Scoreboard

Going to College is devoted to helping junior golfers and their parents better understand the college recruitment process and to providing insight on what qualities are necessary for young players to compete successfully at the collegiate level. Each month, a popular topic will be discussed to offer advice and counsel to interested juniors and their parents.

Going to College Authors

John Brooks

As a former college golf coach and someone who has worked with talented junior and collegiate players for over 25 years, John is well qualified to help families navigate junior golf and manage college placement. For this purpose, he founded Red Numbers Golf® in 2003. [click for picture and bio]

Ted Gleason

Ted Gleason founded Road To College Golf in 2006 to assist junior golfers and their families with the College placement process. Formerly the Head Golf Coach at both the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University.  [click for picture and bio]

Nicky Goetze

As an independent consultant, Nicky Goetze specializes in providing expert guidance to families as they pursue college Golf. He helps young players and their parents maximize opportunities at the junior golf level and more effectively handle the college placement process.  [click for picture and bio]

When and How Should I Initiate a Phone Call to a College Coach?

Be prepared with specific talking points and questions.

As a junior golfer in the midst of the recruiting process, you probably find yourself writing a number of emails to college coaches in an effort to gain their attention. The recruiting process requires you to be proactive in your communication with coaches and that can come in various forms. A good way to differentiate yourself in the recruiting process is to initiate a phone call to a college coach. A call demonstrates to a coach that you are being proactive in the college process, as well as displaying a high level of maturity and independence. Phone calls should only be initiated once you have thoroughly researched the school/golf program, evaluated your golf and academic profile to ensure you are closely aligned to that particular school’s requirements, and emailed your introductory letter and resume to the coach. Once these actions have been executed, a follow-up phone call to confirm the coach has received your information would be appropriate. Introducing yourself “live” can be a great way to further express your interest in the school/golf program and learn more about the coach and team, as well as what the coach expects from a prospective student-athlete.

As a reminder, a prospective student-athlete may initiate phone calls to a college coach at anytime, regardless of his/her graduation year. However, college coaches are restricted in terms of when and how often they are able to return or initiate phone calls to prospective student-athletes. NCAA rules allow Division I coaches to return or initiate phone calls to prospective student-athletes beginning July 1 after a prospect’s junior year in high school. At that time, they are limited to initiating one phone call per week. In Division II, there is no limit on the number of calls a college coach may make beginning June 15 prior to the student-athlete’s junior year in high school. For Division III coaches, there is no limit on the number of calls or when they can be made. Understanding the NCAA rules a coach must abide by will allow you to be better prepared for how a coach may or may not reply to your phone call.

Once you are ready to make your call, there are a number of key talking points to keep in mind:

    Do your homework prior to the call, and write down a few notes regarding the coach, player roster, and/or team results/schedule that you can refer to during the call. This is important as it shows you have a sincere interest in the golf program and have gone the extra mile in terms of learning about the school/program.

    Be confident when introducing yourself. Make sure to state your name, graduation year, and city/state where you reside. Let the coach know you recently emailed an introductory letter and resume to him/her.

    Be prepared to discuss your academic profile (grades, core classes, SAT/ACT if applicable), your golf background (highlights, upcoming tournament schedule, swing instructor, what you’re working on in your game), and why you have an interest in the school/golf program.

    Establish a list of four to five key questions. These questions would vary depending on your graduation year and if the coach has replied to your introductory email. Here are a few examples:

      o What are you looking for in a prospective student-athlete with respect to an academic profile and golf resume?

      o What is your timing for determining your recruiting class for my graduation year?

      o Are there any particular tournaments you evaluate more closely than others?

      o How often would you like me to communicate my academic and golf results?

    • When calling during the school year, you may want to try to reach the coach during the morning hours, as the coach will typically be in his/her office at this time since college programs generally practice in the afternoon.

    • If you reach the head coach and only the assistant coach has received your previously emailed information, you should confirm with the head coach that he/her has your information on file, affirm your interest in his school/golf program, and then go through your pre-established talking points.

    • If the coach doesn’t answer the phone, leave a brief message, including your name and graduation year. Be sure to let the coach know you’ll try back at another time.

Initiating phone calls to college coaches is an effective way to stand out in the recruiting process. Coaches receive hundreds of emails from prospective recruits, but far fewer phone calls. Make it a point, once you have sent an email to a coach, to follow up with a phone call to further express your interest and provide the coach the opportunity to get to know who you are and why you have such a strong interest in his school and golf program. Be prepared for the call and then just be yourself when you connect with the coach.

Take the proactive approach!

Coach Gleason


Recruiting & Scholarships
    Is the College Recruiting Process Putting Too Much Pressure on You?
    When Should I Apply to Colleges?
    What is the Purpose of the NCAA Eligibility Center?
    What Is a Parent’s Role During a Campus Visit?
    Can Facebook or a Social Network Site Affect How I am Recruited?
    What Should I Do if I Didn’t Sign a National Letter of Intent in the Early Signing Period?
    What Questions Should I Be Prepared to Answer During a Campus Visit?
    What Are the Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Scholarships?
    How do I know if a School is Really Interested in Recruiting Me?
    How do Players Verbally Commit to Schools so Early in the Process?
    As a Rising Senior Is It Too Late To Be Recruited?
    What is a Parent's Role in the Recruiting Process?
    When Should Junior Golfers Sign the NLI?
    What is a Full Scholarship?

Coaches Finding & Evaluating Players
    Who Should Speak When Meeting with Coaches – Parents or the Student-Athlete?
    Do College Coaches Use Swing Videos To Evaluate Recruits?
    Do Coaches Really Care About Academics?
    Do You Have the Game to Play College Golf?
    How Do College Coaches Work Junior Tournaments?
    How Do College Golf Coaches Discover Talent?

Finding the Right School - Your "Best Fit"
    How Do I Remain Proactive in Identifying My “Best Fit”?
    Is a Walk-On Opportunity the “Best Fit” for Me?
    What Are the Real Keys to a Successful College Golf Recruiting Experience?
    What Useful Information Can I Research on a Golf Team's Website?
    When Should Junior Golfers Begin Visiting and Researching Colleges?
    What’s the Story on Division II and Division III Golf Programs?
    Are Unofficial Visits to College Campuses Necessary?
    Should Junior Golfers Attend Collegiate Tournaments?
    Just How Big is College Golf?
    What questions should I ask a college coach during a campus visit?
    Where Should I Attend College to Study and Play Golf?

Playing in College
    What’s the Story on Club Golf?
    What Is Your Ideal Time Commitment for Playing Golf in College?
    What Can You Expect From a College Golf Tournament?
    Are You Practicing to Play the Odds?
    Am I good enough to play Division I golf?
    What does it mean to "redshirt"?
    How Do I Prepare for my Freshman Year in College?
    How Important Is Time Management for Student-Athletes at the Collegiate Level?
    What Is a Typical Week Like in the Life of a College Golfer?
    Is College Golf an Individual Sport?
    What are the main differences between junior golf and college golf?
    What Commitment Level is Necessary for Junior Golfers to Become Successful Collegiate Student-Athletes?

Playing Junior Golf
    Is playing a practice round important?
    Is There More to Golf Than a Score?
    You Have Completed the College Placement Process—Now What?
    Is It a Good Idea To Withdraw After a Poor Round?
    How Can a Junior Golfer Improve His Practice Sessions?

Promoting Yourself – Being Visible
    When and How Should I Initiate a Phone Call to a College Coach?
    Is Your Written Communication to Coaches Sending the Right Message?
    What Information Should Prospects Send to College Golf Coaches?
    Will Playing AJGA Events Increase My Chances of Earning a College Scholarship?
    What Should Recruits Say When Coaches Call Them?
    College Recruitment Timeline - Part 2
    College Recruitment Timeline - Part 1