I have been following College Golf Teams for more than 15 years. When I say “follow” that means I am looking at Teams that in my view need some good high school recruits.
I start my search by taking a look at individual NCAA Conferences. Here is the link I use: NCAA Member Sports Teams
At this website site you can look at individual colleges or at Conferences. I like looking at the Conferences first because I want to see how all of the College Teams in the Conference placed in their Conference Championships.
As an example, I looked at Conference Carolinas. Why? Well, I figure that the teams are all pretty much located in or near the Carolinas – and the Carolinas are in the southeast – so these colleges are probably within a 3 to 5 hour drive.
At the Conference Carolinas website I take a look at the Women’s Golf Conference Carolinas Championship Tournament results. Out of the 9-Teams, North Greenville University, Pfeiffer University, and Barton College finished in 7th, 8th, and 9th Place respectively. Taking a look at the individual scores for the players on each Team: all of the player posted round in the 80’s and 90’s. None of the players on these 3 Teams posted scores in the 70’s. So it is reasonable to conclude that if you are a player how regularly posts tournament scores in the 70’s – that you just might be a good addition to one of these teams.
Lets take a look at the individual Teams: North Greenville University
The Team has (4) Sophomores, (3) Juniors, and (2) Seniors. Looking at their Season Tournament Results, their best scores were posted by a Senior. Since the Team has (4) Sophomores, they may not have much in the way of scholarships available to Class of 2014 – but the Class of 2015 might have more available to it. I would mark this Team down as a “Contact” and find out what their Recruiting Plans are in terms of how many players they are looking to add to the Team from the Class of 2014 and 2015.
The Team has (2) Freshmen, (3) Sophomores, (1) Junior, and (1) Senior. The Senior has a Season Stroke Average of 83.63. Their second best player (a Sophomore) had a stroke average of 82.09. The remaining Team Members had stoke averages of +90. This is also a Team that could really use the addition of a player who can post tournament scores in the 70’s. I would mark this Team down as a “Contact” and find out what their Recruiting Plans are in terms of how many players they are looking to add to the Team from the Class of 2014 and 2015.
The Team has (2) Freshmen, (2) Sophomores, and (4) Juniors. Their 3 best players (who post score in the low to mid-80’s) are all Juniors. So this is a Team that will need to add some talent in the coming year or two. Their Head Coach is an Interim Coach – so this may be an opportunity or a potential situation to avoid.
Notice that I have not mentioned where these Colleges are actually located. Why? Because when it comes to finding a college team – a player hardly ever gets to choose the Team. You typically have to find a situation where you are a good fit and that means you have to be flexible when it comes to location. So what does this actually mean? Often a player has a choice to go to a Team that is in a location that they prefer, but the scholarship offer is less than ideal – probably in the 15% to 30% range. The scholarship offer from a Team that really needs you will often be in the 50% to 65% range for the Boys and upwards for 50% to 85% for the Girls.
Now that I have located a couple of likely candidate Teams, I want to move forward with my College Golf Plans.
My next action is to contact the Head Coach via Email. TIP: Always include your High School Graduation Year in the Email Subject Line. If a Coach can’t figure out when you Graduate from High School, they will probably not open your email.
My goal is to send the Coach an Email once a week. I would be highlighting information like ACT Score, Good Tournament Rounds, etc. Hopefully the Coach will reply to your Email. If not, I would go ahead and Apply for Admittance to that College – this tells the Coach that 1.) you are serious, and 2.) you are eligible to attend that College and play NCAA Sports. Next I would contact the Admissions Office and arrange a Campus Visit – and make sure that the Golf Team is not out-of-town at a tournament! Once you have scheduled the Campus Visit, contact the Coach and let him/her know that you will be in town for a Campus visit and that you would like to meet the Coach and some of the Golf Team Members. It would be unusual for a Coach to skip meeting with you when you make your campus visit. If the Coach doesn’t meet you during the Campus visit – talk to the Athletic Director. That will get the Coach’s attention! The main point is: you have to “push” to get a Coach’s attention and be persistent.
What happens if these Teams don’t work out? During your visits with the Coaches and it appears that there is not a scholarship available – be sure to ask the Coach if they are aware of any Teams that are looking for Players. Coaches talk to one another and can be a good source for opportunities.
Questions? Feel free to contact me with questions.