“I want to play golf in college!” How many times have you as a high school golf coach heard this said by one of your players? Many times high school golfers have a clear picture that they want to play golf in college, but few have a clear roadmap of how they can get there. As a high school golf coach, you have a lot of responsibilities to your players – with great responsibility comes great power. Other than your player’s parents, you spend more time with them on the course and know more about their golf game than anyone else. This poses the question, how can I help my high school golfers realize their dream of playing golf in college? Let’s explore a few ways of how you can help make this dream a reality.
One of the most crucial decisions for high school seniors is deciding which college to attend. For athletes, choosing to play a sport they are passionate about adds another layer of difficulty to that decision. If you are interested in pursuing a collegiate golf career, here is what you need to know.
This past week, I had the privilege of caddying in the 2018 KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship held at Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor Michigan. I caddied for a South African, Chris Williams, who has 16 professional wins to his name. Last week at the Senior PGA, Chris had his highest finish ever in a major championship with an 11-under-par finish which placed him T-6th in the event. Looking back at the week, I not only was able to rub elbows with some of the games greatest names to ever play professionally, but I learned how the best in the game prepare for a Major Championship. My time with Chris last week taught me what it takes to compete for a major and most importantly, how controlling your emotions can help you play your best golf and give you a chance to win your own major championship.
Are golfers athletes? This question has been asked time and time again, usually with a variety or responses. As a former junior and collegiate golfer, I can say without a doubt that implementing a fitness routine helped my golf game improve and ultimately, helped me shoot lower scores. If you are looking to start a fitness or workout routine this summer, here are four main areas of your fitness to focus on over the coming months!
A few months ago we wrote on why caddying at a golf course is a great job for high school students. Caddying in the summer time can provide you a flexible schedule, a chance to form meaningful relationships with area business leaders and influential figures, and even free golf. One of the most prominent golf associations in the country today, the Western Golf Association, implemented the Chick Evans Scholars program in 1930 with an ambitious goal of sending deserving caddies to college tuition free. Today, the Evans Scholars program is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies.
A few weeks ago, we wrote on the Basics of the College Golf Resume. I wanted to show examples of both good and bad college golf resumes to send college coaches. This first example is a resume format/template that you would want to replicate. A few keys to a good resume include paying attention to detail, making it easily readable, and keeping the length to around a page. Including a picture of yourself or a link to your personal website or swing video is a nice addition that a coach will appreciate.
This past weekend marked the 2018 Spring Nationals for the NCCGA (National Collegiate Club Golf Association). 348 of the best collegiate club golfers from across the country competed at Norwood Hills CC and Bogey Hills CC in St. Louis, MO. Norwood Hills has previously hosted the PGA Championship, US Senior Amateur, and this year’s Women’s Mid-Amateur.
Are you a junior golfer who is aspiring to play collegiate golf? If so, you have probably thought about reaching out to college coaches, but you may be unsure of the best way. Similar to applying for a job, if you want to play golf in college, you need to create a resume that can highlight your success on the golf course and in the classroom.
It’s no secret that junior golfers have a lot of options when it comes to planning their summer golf schedule. Often, having so many options can create confusion and frustration for the entire family. To best understand whether a camp or tournament is a better fit for you this year, we need to explore a player’s background and what one is looking to gain with participating in both.
A victory by 14 shots is how the weekend ended in beautiful Myrtle Beach, as Boiling Springs High School (S.C) took home the trophy at the Palmetto High School Golf Championship. The Bulldogs fired an impressive 570 (+2), led by standout golfer Trent Phillips. Phillips, a UGA signee, put up a tournament record 63 on Friday followed by another quality round of 71 on Saturday.
The Palmetto High School Golf Championship, hosted annually in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, brings in some of the best high school golfers and teams from around the country. Notable alumni of the event include Harris English and 2006 champion Rickie Fowler.