Your junior golfer plays great golf, but is it good enough to play in college? This is a quick step by step guide to start thinking about the college golf recruiting process.
STEP 1- Choose Your Program
Research the different golf programs around the country to find a realistic fit. See Resources (below) to find out the best resources for various team statistics.
STEP 2- Set Short Term and Long Term Goals
Determine future athletic and academic goals to be considered for your desired program. Make sure they are realistic and attainable. Many college golf programs look for academically gifted students that would likely receive academic financial aid.
STEP 3- Build a Resume
It is never too early to start your collegiate golf resume and introduction letter. The earlier you start, the easier it is to adjust. As you continue to play in tournaments through High School continue updating your scoring average and your tournament scores.
STEP 4- Build a Competition Schedule
Playing local tournaments is a great start. However, the National tournaments provide more exposure. Each year there are prominent tournaments known for the college coach participation, make sure your junior registers for those tournaments.
STEP 5- Produce a Swing Video
- Start with a 90 second introduction saying hello to your potential audience and introducing what the coach will be watching. This is your first impression. Dress appropriately, be sure to speak clearly and use a good microphone.
- Shoot the golfer ‘down the line’ which means to the side of the golfer with the camera looking at the target. Also shoot the golfer ‘face-on.’ Make sure you get the entire club and the golfer in the video.
- Use a driver and mid-iron
- Take a short video of the various short game shots. (Chipping, pitching, sand play, and putting)
- Finish the video with a brief conclusion. Be sure to thank the coach for taking the time to watch your video.
- Keep the video under 10 minutes
- Try to film in calm conditions. Wind makes audio very difficult.
STEP 6- Begin Communication with College Coaches
- Choose your timing carefully. (See Rules section for suggestions)
- Follow up with an email and ask for a phone appointment
- Send a follow up “Thank You” card
- Continue the conversation
- TIP- remember coaches are approached by many potential golfers, try not to be offended if he/she doesn’t respond quickly to your communication.
Resources for College Recruiting:
PING American College Golf Guide
- The PING Guide contains vital information on golf programs at over 1,000 colleges and junior colleges, with answers to many of the questions facing college-bound students. Among the information listed in this online resource are the coaches’ names, addresses, phone numbers and tuition prices. There is a calendar and step-by-step procedure of what you should do from your freshman year through your senior year. It also contains sample letters and recommendations on writing resumes. The Guide also gives complete scores of more than 92 college conference championships as well as scores of regional and national college golf championships.
NCAA Eligibility Center
- At the beginning of his/her junior year, you should register with the NCAA Eligibility Center, which is a minimum requirement to participate in Division I and II athletics.
- Contact his or her high school guidance counselor or
- Call the NCAA at (319) 337-1492 or (877) 262-1492 or
- Visit www.ncaa.org and www.eligibilitycenter.org for further information.
- For questions or more information on NCAA Rules and Recruiting Information, please call (317) 917-6222.
Access to GOLFSTAT
- For junior golfers interested in playing at the collegiate level, GOLFSTAT’s Prep Report is the most valuable resource currently available. This report provides each university’s rating by division; tournaments and rounds played; representation in Regionals and/or Nationals by individual or team; rounds played, scoring average, year in school for the roster and five most utilized players. GOLFSTAT is a great tool to use in determining which school is the best fit for every player.
My Favorite Website for tips through the process:
Rules of Recruiting (Borrowed from the AJGA website)
The following tips about the Division I recruiting process can be found on the NCAA’s website, ncaa.org.
When you start ninth-grade classes, you become a “prospective student-athlete.”
You become a “recruited prospective student-athlete” at a particular college if any coach or representative of the college’s athletics interests (booster or representative) contacts you (or any member of your family) about enrolling and participating in athletics at that college. Activities by coaches or boosters that cause you to become a recruited prospective student-athlete are:
Providing you with an official visit;
Placing more than one telephone call to you or any other member of your family; or
Visiting you or any other member of your family anywhere other than the college campus.
No alumni, boosters or representatives of a college’s athletics interests can be involved in your recruiting.
You (or your family) may not receive any benefit, inducement or arrangement such as cash, clothing, cars, improper expenses, transportation, gifts or loans to encourage you to sign a National Letter of Intent or attend an NCAA college.
Letters from coaches, faculty members and students are not allowed until September 1 at the beginning of your junior year of high school.
Phone calls from faculty members and coaches are not permitted until July 1 after the completion of your junior year. After this, a college coach or faculty member may call you (or your parents/legal guardians) once a week.
You (or your parents) may call a coach at your expense at any time. Coaches may also accept collect calls from you and may use a toll-free number to receive telephone calls from you on or after July 1 after completion of your junior year.
A college coach may contact you in person off the college campus no more than three times on or after July 1 of your junior year. Any face-to-face meeting between a college coach and you or your parents, during which any of you say more than “hello” is a contact. Also, any face-to-face meeting that is prearranged or that occurs at your high school, competition or practice site is a contact, regardless of the conversation.
An evaluation is any off-campus activity used to assess your academic qualifications or athletics ability, including a visit to your high school (during which no contact occurs) or watching you practice or compete at any site. Institutions have seven permissible recruiting opportunities (contacts and evaluations) during the academic year, and not more than three of the seven opportunities may be in-person, off-campus contacts.
Once you sign a National Letter of Intent, you may be evaluated an unlimited number of times by the college with which you have signed.
During your senior year, you can have one expense-paid (official) visit per college. You may receive no more than five such visits. You cannot have an official visit unless you have provided the college your high school academic transcript and a score from a PSAT, an SAT, a PLAN or an ACT taken on a national test date under national testing conditions.
National Letter of Intent
A National Letter of Intent is an agreement signed by the prospective student-athlete, parent or legal guardian and the athletic director. The agreement states that the institution agrees to provide the prospective student-athlete, who is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules, athletic aid for one academic year in exchange for the prospect’s agreement to attend the institution for one academic year.
Also, other institutions agree not to recruit a prospective student-athlete once he/she signs a NLI. The prospective student-athlete will no longer receive recruiting calls and is ensured an athletic scholarship for one academic year once the NLI is signed.
NCAA Contact Information
For more information on National Letters of Intent, please contact:
Phone: (205) 458-3000
Fax: (205) 458-3031
To receive NCAA Eligibility Center registration materials from NCAA, call:
For other NCAA recruiting questions, call the NCAA: