Repeating a Grade in High School or Pursuing a Post-Grad Year – Part Two
Article by Ted Gleason
In a Part One of this article series, the “repeating a grade” option was explored and examined. Now, let’s explore the “post-grad year” option.
For years, post-graduate programs have afforded students the opportunity to mature and grow emotionally, strengthen their academic profiles in an attempt to gain admittance into higher ranked universities, develop more proficient study habits and time management skills, and enhance their community service/overall resume for the college admissions process. In recent years, the post-grad option has been considered by student-athletes, as well, in an effort to bolster their athletic profiles.
As a vital component to our full-time Junior Elite Program at the Mike Bender Golf Academy, practicing smart can make the difference between progressing toward your goals in an efficient and timely manner verses spinning your wheels and wasting your time on the practice tee. What should you practice? How long and why? All great questions for the amateur, junior, and professional player alike.
At the MBEGA we make it our goal to help all of our students understand what and when to practice. In fact, we have broken it down into a science; a science that involves specific assessments and test performed at various times of the year for each of our Elite junior golfers.
Ailsa Clark Shoots Final Round 65 to Win 58th Annual Divot Derby!
Ailsa Clark, who will be a senior at Navarre High, produced one of the best finishing rounds in tournament history with a 6-under-par 65 at Scenic Hills Golf Club. After shooting an 82 in Monday’s first round at Marcus Pointe, Clark went long distance to win, surging from eight shots back to become a first-time girls overall champion.
“I am still kind of in shock,” Clark said after her round with six birdies, no bogeys and flawless shot-making. “I just stayed positive. I just stuck with it ... I trusted myself ... and allowed myself to be guided around the course.
What are you doing to make yourself standout amongst junior golfers in your grad year?
Do you want a college coach to know how to contact you?
Did you know that 100 times a month coaches look at the resumes here on the Scoreboard?
Do you want them to put you on their “watch” list?
Do you have tournaments that you play that coaches don’t know about like qualifiers and high school events?
Do you have accomplishments outside of golf you are proud of and want to share?
If you own A Golf and Academic Resume with the Junior Golf Scoreboard, you will be steps ahead of your competitors who are competing for those limited college golfing scholarships. For Grad Years 2015 & 2016 junior golfers, now is the time to let college coaches know you want to play college golf. Coaches are watching! Click Here to learn more about this great tool!
And click the More . . . link below to see the list of 2014 Grad Year Resume owners and the colleges they are attending.
In golf, many people mention rotator cuff exercises but neglect the shoulder blade/scapula. While exercising is very important, if your scapula is protruding, your shoulder will not be as strong or as stable as it should be. Your stabilizing muscles in the rotator cuff are attached to the floating bone that is designed to assist you during a golf swing.
Read about the benefits of improving your shoulder posture in my article by selecting "More..." below.
“I mean, come on, get real. Afraid of success? That’s ridiculous. Why do you think I practice, and sacrifice, and train, and compete, anyway? To succeed!! I’ve always sought success. That is what drives me. Plus, look at all of my accomplishments... those certainly aren’t the result of a fear of success. Are they?”
It certainly seems like a strange concept, at first take, but maybe, just maybe there is something to the possibility of being afraid to succeed. For example, success brings on heightened expectations. After all, the spotlight isn’t shining on those “in the middle of the pack” Or, consider the possibility that deep down you aren’t sure if you have the resources to commit to all that it would take to succeed.