The Junior Golf Scoreboard does an excellent job maintaining an online
list of all college golf signees from the
current academic year. With the new National Letter of Intent signing dates now in effect, schools have the ability to
sign recruits anytime between November 14th and August 1st of next year. As this process unfolds for the class of 2019,
future-year recruits (class of 2020 and beyond) should follow the signees list on a regular basis to learn more about
the recruiting process.
As schools report their signees to the Junior Golf Scoreboard, an updated
online roster will include the player’s
name along with the school he/she signed with, as well as the recruit’s national class rank and scoring differential at
the time of signing. This key information will serve to assist future recruits as they work to determine which golf
programs match up with their skill level. While this method may not lead to an exact match, it does provide insight into
what class rank and scoring differential range a recruit needs in order to successfully target certain golf programs.
I often hear junior golf families, who are participating in the recruiting process, trying to compare a college
player’s tournament scores with a junior golfer’s tournament scores. There is a flaw to this method. To better
understand, consider the academic admissions process for prospective college students. High school grades and
standardized test scores are used to determine which students are admissible at certain schools. The academic
performance of the current college students at those schools is irrelevant. Instead, high school students should
research the average GPA and SAT (or ACT) data that previous applicants attained to gain entry into the schools they’re
targeting. This apples-to-apples comparison also works when considering a player’s potential golf fit at one or more
colleges. What was the college player’s class rank and scoring differential in junior golf at the time he/she signed the
National Letter of Intent? Knowing these answers will provide insight into what prerequisites a junior golfer needs to
achieve to ultimately receive the college offer he/she is looking for.
College golf recruiting is not a scientific process; however, parents and junior golfers can use objective academic
and golf data to track how players and coaches ultimately pair up in college. This data will result in a more efficient
process for junior golf families as they target potential “best fit” schools and golf programs. Create a matrix using
all available information that illustrates both the academic and golf prerequisites for the colleges you’re targeting.
Your efforts throughout the college placement process will be more focused, likely producing a better college outcome.