Going to College is devoted to helping junior golfers and their parents better understand the college recruitment process and to providing insight on what qualities are necessary for young players to compete successfully at the collegiate level. Each month, a popular topic will be discussed to offer advice and counsel to interested juniors and their parents.

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John Brooks

As a former college golf coach and someone who has worked with talented junior and collegiate players for over 25 years, John is well qualified to help families navigate junior golf and manage college placement. For this purpose, he founded Red Numbers Golf® in 2003. [click for picture and bio]

Ted Gleason

Ted Gleason founded Road To College Golf in 2006 to assist junior golfers and their families with the College placement process. Formerly the Head Golf Coach at both the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University.  [click for picture and bio]

Nicky Goetze

As an independent consultant, Nicky Goetze specializes in providing expert guidance to families as they pursue college Golf. He helps young players and their parents maximize opportunities at the junior golf level and more effectively handle the college placement process.  [click for picture and bio]
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How Can Golf Recruits Maximize Visibility Among College Coaches?

Develop a proactive strategy to help you get recruited

College golf coaches typically recruit two or three new players to their teams from each graduating class. During the year, they are apt to receive calls, emails, letters, and text messages from hundreds of prospects while also communicating with players they have sought out as potential recruits for their programs. So how does a player, as one of those hundreds of prospects, develop a proactive strategy that helps his name stay on a coach’s short list of recruits for his graduating class?

The most obvious answer is to shoot very low scores in tournaments, make excellent grades in school, and achieve an above-average test score on the SAT or ACT. Realizing this may not happen exactly as planned or hoped for, prospects need to incorporate a proactive approach that affords them the best opportunity possible to get recruited.

Here are my suggestions:

COMMUNICATE FREQUENTLY – Prospects should send periodic golf and academic updates to coaches on their target list of schools and schedule occasional calls to check in and say hello. Start by knowing every junior player needs to prepare a golf and academic resume and send it early in the process of contacting a school. A resume also presents a polished image to a coach more than just an email.

Division I coaches can now trade text messages and/or calls at their discretion provided the prospect has reached September 1 of his junior year of high school. So keeping coaches updated on a your progress in school and on the golf course, as well as staying in tune with how the college’s current team is playing, will definitely prove beneficial to the prospect throughout the recruiting process.

COMPETE IN TOURNAMENTS – Prospects should participate in top regional and national tournaments while in season and forward tournament schedules and results to coaches on their target list of schools. Coaches use tournament results as the primary way to identify recruits for their programs. If a prospect’s name appears on tournament results frequently, coaches are more inclined to remember his name and will be able to monitor his progress. An occasional bad round (or tournament) does not negatively affect a prospect’s recruiting chances, especially if it’s followed up with an improved performance. Coaches understand players will have both good and bad outings during the recruiting process.

ATTEND COLLEGE EVENTS – At least once during the fall season and once during the spring season, prospects should attend college tournaments to see firsthand what the competition level is like at various tournaments and how golf programs differ among themselves. This is a great experience and one that can help prospects gain visibility among college coaches. Coaches are not permitted to speak with prospects at these tournaments (unless it’s during their senior year); however, prospects can always talk to the players (and their parents) to learn more about college golf and the school they attend. Showing support for a team he is interested in ultimately playing for is a great way to let a coach know the prospect is serious about his golf program.

VISIT CAMPUSES – Visiting college campuses is the most important aspect of the recruiting process. It affords prospects and their families the opportunity to compare and contrast various schools and golf programs while also meeting the coach to learn more about his or her recruiting needs and coaching style. Coaches appreciate prospects who make the effort to visit their campus and show genuine interest in their school. The campus visits definitely increase visibility among coaches.

ASK REFERENCES TO CONTACT COACHES – College coaches rely on swing coaches, current or former golf team members, and friends or colleagues they know in the golf industry to recommend potential recruits for their teams. When prospects know someone who fits one of these categories, it is an excellent idea to ask the reference to contact a college coach and make the introduction. Considering how competitive recruiting has become, this is a wonderful way for a prospect to get his name in front of a coach and potentially increase his visibility. Current or former golf team members can greatly influence a coach’s recruiting decision.

I always encourage prospects to continue working hard in school and always play their best golf. We have to remember this is a marathon, and the journey should be enjoyed along the way!

John Brooks

Red Numbers Golf


Recruiting & Scholarships
    How Do the NCAA’s Recent Rules Changes Affect You?
    Is the College Recruiting Process Putting Too Much Pressure on You?
    When Should I Apply to Colleges?
    What is the Purpose of the NCAA Eligibility Center?
    What Is a Parent’s Role During a Campus Visit?
    Can Facebook or a Social Network Site Affect How I am Recruited?
    What Should I Do if I Didn’t Sign a National Letter of Intent in the Early Signing Period?
    What Questions Should I Be Prepared to Answer During a Campus Visit?
    What Are the Most Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Scholarships?
    How do I know if a School is Really Interested in Recruiting Me?
    How do Players Verbally Commit to Schools so Early in the Process?
    As a Rising Senior Is It Too Late To Be Recruited?
    What is a Parent's Role in the Recruiting Process?
    When Should Junior Golfers Sign the NLI?
    What is a Full Scholarship?

Coaches Finding & Evaluating Players
    Should I Communicate a Poor Performance to a College Coach?
    Are You Waiting for Tournament Success Before Contacting College Golf Coaches?
    Who Should Speak When Meeting with Coaches – Parents or the Student-Athlete?
    Do College Coaches Use Swing Videos To Evaluate Recruits?
    Do Coaches Really Care About Academics?
    Do You Have the Game to Play College Golf?
    How Do College Coaches Work Junior Tournaments?
    How Do College Golf Coaches Discover Talent?

Finding the Right School - Your "Best Fit"
    How Do I Remain Proactive in Identifying My “Best Fit”?
    Is a Walk-On Opportunity the “Best Fit” for Me?
    What Are the Real Keys to a Successful College Golf Recruiting Experience?
    What Useful Information Can I Research on a Golf Team's Website?
    When Should Junior Golfers Begin Visiting and Researching Colleges?
    What’s the Story on Division II and Division III Golf Programs?
    Are Unofficial Visits to College Campuses Necessary?
    Should Junior Golfers Attend Collegiate Tournaments?
    Just How Big is College Golf?
    What questions should I ask a college coach during a campus visit?
    Where Should I Attend College to Study and Play Golf?

Playing in College
    What’s the Story on Club Golf?
    What Is Your Ideal Time Commitment for Playing Golf in College?
    What Can You Expect From a College Golf Tournament?
    Are You Practicing to Play the Odds?
    Am I good enough to play Division I golf?
    What does it mean to "redshirt"?
    How Do I Prepare for my Freshman Year in College?
    How Important Is Time Management for Student-Athletes at the Collegiate Level?
    What Is a Typical Week Like in the Life of a College Golfer?
    Is College Golf an Individual Sport?
    What are the main differences between junior golf and college golf?
    What Commitment Level is Necessary for Junior Golfers to Become Successful Collegiate Student-Athletes?

Playing Junior Golf
    Is playing a practice round important?
    Is There More to Golf Than a Score?
    You Have Completed the College Placement Process—Now What?
    Is It a Good Idea To Withdraw After a Poor Round?
    How Can a Junior Golfer Improve His Practice Sessions?

Promoting Yourself – Being Visible
    How Can Golf Recruits Maximize Visibility Among College Coaches?
    When and How Should I Initiate a Phone Call to a College Coach?
    Is Your Written Communication to Coaches Sending the Right Message?
    What Information Should Prospects Send to College Golf Coaches?
    Will Playing AJGA Events Increase My Chances of Earning a College Scholarship?
    What Should Recruits Say When Coaches Call Them?
    College Recruitment Timeline - Part 2
    College Recruitment Timeline - Part 1

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