The JuniorGolfScoreboard adds a Player to their National Rankings once they have competed in (4) Multi-day Tournaments that send their results to them. The Hurricane Jr Tour, SJGT, etc always send their results.
How do I get a National Junior Golf Ranking?
We send our results for all of our 2-Day Tournaments: a total of (8) 2-Day Tournaments in 2014.
You should start thinking about your National Ranking: the summer the player is 15, 16 and 17 years old. These are the ages that junior golfers can enter or earn exemptions to compete in National Junior Golf Championship Tournaments.
In many cases, these years are their Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Years in High School. Ideally a player will achieve their highest National Ranking at the end of the summer season just before their Senior of High School starts.
During that summer after they complete their Junior Year, on July 1st College Coaches can make written Scholarship offers. At that time you must have taken the ACT Test and be registered in the NCAA Eligibility Center. A College Coach isn’t going to make an offer to a player unless they know for a fact that that player can be accepted (academically) at their University.
I recommend that player start taking the ACT in 9th Grade. You want to know if you have a “natural born” test-taker or someone who does not test well.
Take the ACT Test often, like 2 or 3 times a year. I think a player needs to have their ACT Score “finalized” during their Junior Year.
At the beginning of the Player’s Junior Year you can register them with the NCAA Eligibility Center. The NCAA is checking the student’s High School curriculum to make sure it meets NCAA Standards. Pretty much all Public and Private Schools are fine – home-schooled student’s take a little more time for the NCAA to process. This only means that you want to register at the start of the Junior year and there will be no problems when College Coaches start asking if the player is registered and eligible to play NCAA Sports.