PAY COLLEGE GOLF

THE RECRUITING PLAYBOOK

IT’S NOT ALWAYS THE BEST PLAYERS THAT GET COLLEGE GOLF SCHOLARSHIPS. IT’S THE JUNIOR GOLFERS THAT CORRECTLY NAVIGATE THE RECRUITING PROCESS.

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PROGRAM FAQ'S +
  • Find all recruiting info ON THIS PAGE (save the link)
  • Meet weekly to discuss specific recruiting topic
  • Student completes specific items given by the coach before next meeting
  • Each session starts with a review of the previous weeks topic, completion of items
  • Specific questions can be sent through the contact box on this page
  • We try to work through the 10 step process, depending on the players situation we may have to do the steps out of order
  • I can show you the roadmap and develop a custom plan, but its up to the player to execute the plan!
INTRO TO COLLEGE RECRUITING +

Introduction

The college recruiting process can be quite intimidating for most high school athletes and their parents. There are many reasons why certain players get recruited to play college athletics, while others do not. Every year, hundreds of high school athletes fall through the cracks of college recruiting simply because they do not fully understand the college recruiting process.

In addition, most high school counselors do not possess the knowledge or experience in intercollegiate athletics to properly advise student-athletes on how to achieve their dream of receiving an athletic scholarship to play at the college level. At GPG we have come across only a limited number of high schools that have an appropriate program to successfully prepare student-athletes for the college recruiting process.

Our research has shown that:

  • 80% of college student-athletes attend schools outside of the NCAA Division I. This means that there are over 1,600 schools that offer athletic scholarships!
  • The average college team’s recruiting budget is $500. With such limited funds available, it is impossible for coaches to see all potential high school athletes that could be recruited for their programs. That is why a proactive approach is required to be seen by college coaches.

For these reasons GPG originally developed this manual, which contains an easy 10-step process to make it as simple as possible for you to obtain the college scholarship of your dreams and to GET RECRUITED NOW!

 

RECRUITING QUIZ & EVALUATION +

RECRUITING EVALUATION

Similar to working on your golf game, we need to establish a baseline for where you are currently at in the college recruiting process.

Below I have links to 2 different evaluations

  1. DIY ONLINE for those completing the recruiting process on their own with the guidance of this online program, please complete this quiz to get a better idea of where you stand and what you need to focus on during the recruiting process. ACCESS QUIZ HERE
  2. WORKING WITH JJ whether you are working with me online or in Houston, please fill this form out and I will put together a small report based off your answers.
    ACCESS EVALUATION HERE

 

WHAT DO I HAVE TO SHOOT TO GET RECRUITED? +

What Do I have to Shoot to Play College Golf?

IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT SCORES but there is data that shows generalized scores and data regarding their game. Due to various course conditions, locations, etc... it is impossible to have an exact scoring number. These numbers are the most accurate "generalized" scores I have seen.

RELATIONSHIPS happen naturally, but you need to do your pre-requisite work before reaching out to coaches so they don't cross you off the list before you even meet them. (this is discussed in further detail in the step-by step program). Coaches have different opinions of what they look for a recruitable golfer. A big aspect is BUILDING RELATIONS with schools/coaches you are interested in. Scores play a big role in recruiting, but here are a couple other traits coaches may look for (outside of academics)

  1. Golf IQ
  2. Personality (team chemistry)
  3. Distance, Athleticism

RECRUIT SCORES first, you can break down the different intercollegiate athletic organizations

  • NCAA, NAIA, JUCO

Then, you can break down each organizations divisions (I will do it for NCAA divisions below)

  • NCAA Division 1
  • NCAA Division 2
  • NCAA Division 3

Now, you can break down each NCAA Division (Men)

  • NCAA DIVISION 1 RECRUITS Junior Golf/High School Scoring Averages
    1. Tier 1 Recruits - Below Par
      • Example Schools: University of Texas, Oklahoma, Arizona State, Oregon
    2. Tier 2 Recruits - Even Par
      • Example Schools: University of Houston, San Diego State U., Baylor
    3. Tier 3 Recruits - +1/2 over Park
      • Example Schools: Rice, Sam Houston State, Santa Clara
    4. Tier 4 Recruits - +2/4 over par
      • Example Schools: HBU, Cal State Northridge

MEN'S SCORES (RECRUITS)

WOMEN'S SCORES (RECRUITS)

STEP-BY-STEP COLLEGE RECRUITING PROGRAM

10 STEPS TO GOLF SCHOLARSHIP +

10 CRUCIAL ASPECTS IN THE RECRUITING PROCESS

Follow a proven roadmap that will ensure you have the most (best) options to play college golf.

  • 1

    Identify the Best Fit School For You

    Identify seven aspects to consider when making a list of schools to target. If you have already made a list of schools, or currently considering a variety of schools, this is a great way to narrow it down and find the best one for you.

  • 2

    Narrow Your Schools

    A simple process to target schools that fit your situation. Keep it balanced, identify schools that you have a good chance to qualify for while also pursuing schools that are realistic if you continue to improve your golf and academic situation.

  • 3

    Show Your Responsible & Recruitable

    Register with the right places so coaches know for sure you are worth their time. Many recruits fail to do this and eliminate themselves from a good opportunity before they get started.

  • 4

    What's Your Goal?

    We all have a dream to play at that Big 5 Conference university, but how are we going to get there? Set a plan that correlates to your ultimate goal and get to work. There are going to be bumps in the road, by having small goals along the way you will be more likely to reach your destination.

  • 5

    Tell Coaches What They Need to Know

    When you begin to communicate with college coaches, you need to set yourself apart from others that may be similar to your situation. Why would they choose you instead of the 500 other recruits they heard from in your graduating class?

  • 6

    Show Coaches What They Want to See

    Recruiting videos can be a huge asset or a disaster. Many times golfers do not show their best features that will be a deciding factor when a coach is choosing who he offers to. Make sure to show coaches the shots they want to see from the positions that give them an accurate evaluation of your skills.

  • 7

    What Tournaments To Play

    Depending on your current situation, you need to set a strategic tournament schedule to give you the best chance. Many families spend thousands of dollars in pursuit of getting recruit. There are certain tournaments that guarantee you receive exposure and others that are a waste of money. Balance your tournaments to give yourself enough chances to post good scores, while saving money and avoiding burn out.

  • 8

    Communication Strategy with Coaches

    Depending on your situation and the schools that you target, you need to develop a game plan on how you are going to approach them. There are questions you need to be prepared to answer as well as questions you should ask to get that recruiting trip invite and show you are interested in their school.

  • 9

    Few Things You Must Do and a Couple You Must NOT Do

    With the resources available, it is easy to do things that hurt your chances of getting the best college golf opportunity. Theres a common theme with families and recruits, that eliminate hundreds of recruits from getting offers from college coaches. What you need to is very simple, but if you haven't done it before it's nearly impossible what the best route is.

  • 10

    The Final Selection

    It's true, when choosing a college to spend four years of your life at, it is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. Most evaluate the scholarship offer, location and academics, but there are a few other aspects that you must consider before you sign on that dotted line to ensure you make some of the best four years of your life!

STEP #5 RESUME BUILDING +

Develop Your Golf Resume

One thing that is consistent for any high school athlete planning to play at the college level is the importance of a good athletic resume.  Your resume will provide a college coach an accurate account of your athletic and academic record.  It will be sent to college coaches, along with a cover letter, video, and upcoming tournament/game schedule.

It is important that this resume be well-organized and well-written.  A good tip is to start a resume early – at least by sophomore year and then regularly update it, as necessary.  This will provide you with an opportunity to revise it as you develop.

Try to keep your resume to one page, while providing key information including:

Basic Information including

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Birth date
  • Height
  • Weight
  • Name of High School
  • Month and Year of Graduation
  • Grade Point Average/Class Rank
  • SAT or ACT Scores
  • List Other Sports and Extracurricular activities

Physical capabilities, such as:

  • Scoring average
  • Low tournament score
  • Recognition for golf accomplishments

Your tournament results and highlights.  This is the part of the resume where you tell a college coach about your performance in tournaments. You may want to break this down by year, so coaches can see improvement from year to year.  Remember to list:

  • Event name and location
  • Personal stats
  • Number of players in the field
  • Course Slope and Rating

View the PDF downloads on this page to view example letters and resumes

STEP #6 LETTERS TO COACHES +

Write Your Cover Letter

Your cover letter will be used to transmit your resume and recruiting video and will be your first formal introduction to coaches. As such, it should be written to tell your personal story. Keep it focused and limit it to one page. Make sure you check and re-check spelling and grammar. Also, make sure to address each coach as: Coach (Last Name).

Since everyone comes from different backgrounds, this is your time to distinguish yourself from the pack. Tell the coach where you come from and how you have excelled in the classroom and on the playing field or court. Focus on your personal qualities and characteristics, in addition to your academic and athletic accomplishments.

View the PDF downloads on this page to view example letters and resumes

STEP #7 COLLEGE RECRUITING VIDEO +

MAKING YOUR OWN VIDEO

  • Keep It Simple
  • Use Moblie Phone or Tablet Camera
  • Make Sure Camera Angles Are Perfect
  • Dress Professionally

Full Swing start with pitching wedge

2 shots from directly behind

2 shots from directly in front (standing face on to him at set up)

Repeat with the 7-iron and Driver

Pitch Shots most lofted wedge (20 yds away from pin)

2 shots from directly behind

2 shots from directly in front (standing face on to him at set up)

Repeat with Bump-n-run – use 8-iron, from 5 ft off of green

Basic bunker shots

Putting 5 footers

make three in a row

film from directly behind, making all three

hit 3 putts, film from face on for

Mid-Range Putts

film 3 putts from directly behind

STEP #8 PREPARE TO COMMUNICATE +

COMMUNICATION STRATEGIES be prepared to talk to coaches on the phone

Communication is an extremely important aspect of the recruiting process. Communications will take several forms:

  • First, you will be expected to tell the coach about yourself.
  • Second, the coach will expect that you have done your homework and thatyou will ask him questions about the program and how you will fit in.
  • And third, you can expect the coach to ask you questions, and to listencarefully to how you respond; you must be prepared.One way to prepare is to find a partner to role-play with before following up with college coaches. This will help you get an idea how to respond to coaches on follow up phone calls and conversations. This person could be a parent, teammate, coach, counselor, or anybody that will play along!WHAT to tell the coachStress your personal strengths! Say one of your strengths every time an opportunity arises in conversation. Do not be afraid to come off as cocky - just let the coach know you are confident in your abilities to succeed at the college level and help improve his program. Here are some strengths that you should build into your conversations, if they apply to you. Add others that are applicable.
  1. You are doing great academically and plan to continue so that the coach will not have any worries in this regard.
  2. You will pursue every avenue possible for financial aid
  3. You will do whatever it takes to have a chance to play for their program.
  4. You are registered with NCAA Clearinghouse, so the coach knows you are eligible, which takes away 50% of the coach’s worry about a recruit.
  5. You are responsible and mature.You are proving that with the emails, mail, researching the coaches contact information, following up with the coach, and being able to put all the materials together, including being pre-registered with the NCAA Clearinghouse.
  6. You are passionate about being a collegiate student-athlete and playing for their program; you will do whatever it takes to prove to the coach that you are worthy of an opportunity to play for him.
  7. You know how to balance and excel in both academics and athletics.

WHAT to ask the coaches (minimum 2-3, ask more if you feel necessary)

You must do your homework to identify good questions to ask coaches. This is important to demonstrate your interest in their programs. Here are some questions to get you going down the right path:

1. Have you had a chance to look at my email or package that came through the mail?

  1. How do you feel I could fit into your program?
  2. How many players are leaving after the(your graduation year)season?
  3. What does the scholarship situation look like for my recruiting class?
  4. How many more players are looking to sign for my recruiting class?
  5. When are you looking to solidify your recruiting class?
  6. What is the daily life like for a player at your college/university?
  7. How rigorous are the academic courses and how much help do we receive through the athletic department? What academic services, such as tutors, exclusive study area for athletes, learning specialists, and counselors are available?
  8. What is the graduation rate of your players?
  9. What would you like me to do from here to prove that I have what it takes to play at your school?
  10. Do you have any questions for me?

BE PREPARED to respond to these questions a coach might ask.

Think hard about how to answer these questions if asked. Ask others who have been through the recruiting process what types of questions they were asked. Role playing with a parent, friend, or other person can be extremely helpful.

  1. What are your goals going into your senior season?
  2. Whatareyourgoalsforcollege?
  3. Where do you rate sports on your list of priorities compared to other areas such as school, faith, family, social life?
  4. What are you looking for in a college?
  5. How much scholarship money are you looking to receive?
  6. What fields of study are you interested in?
  7. What are you looking for most in a school?
  8. What most interests you about our school?
  9. What other schools are you hearing from?
  10. Do you have a leader now?
  11. What types of grades are you getting now (which may be an early way to ask for your transcripts)?
STEP #10 THE FINAL SELECTION +

Making the final decision of where to go to college is one of the biggest in your life. College shapes you as a young adult. It is important to think about more than just golf when making your decision. If you are not happy with the location, academics, and culture of the university you will not enjoy your college golf experience.

Please use the final selection log to help you make your decision.

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We got offered a full ride! Thank you for all your coaching on her game and mentorship in the recruiting process. We couldn’t had done it without you!

Caylee
Success Story

The advice we received, recruiting video, letter, resume, tournament scheduling and access to coaches contact information was very helpful. Overall the program was great. You have guided us very well and we now feel like we have a plan and are executing that plan. The recruiting guide and practice schedules were extremely helpful!

Jordan
Success Story

As a former NCAA golf coach and player, I was able to gain insight for both sides of the college golf landscape. It is my passion to help families navigate the college recruiting process. Most families are misinformed and lack certain knowledge, which can be detrimental to a junior golfer trying to play college golf. Proper guidance will provide many options, and it then becomes clear on what the best fit school is for the junior golfer.

- JJ Wood, Golf Recruiting Coach