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Should Junior Golfers Attend Collegiate Tournaments?

Watching College Players & Coaches Helps You Prepare for the Next Level

Each season, www.golfstat.com publishes a comprehensive list of college golf tournaments. Fall tournaments are typically held September-October while spring tournaments are held February-May with the NCAA Championships concluding in early June. High school-aged junior golfers need to attend several of these tournaments annually to prepare for success at the next level. Admission is free and spectators are allowed to get up close near the action.

Observing coaches at tournaments helps prospective student-athletes learn more about the style and demeanor of the person who may someday become their coach. In the heat of the competition, all coaches have different styles and routines they like to follow. Some coaches are very involved in their players’ games (by reading putts, determining yardages, or selecting clubs) while others are merely there to show support for and motivate their players. Either style is acceptable but until you attend a tournament, you will never know just how a coach elects to interact with his team.

Typically, college players are different from junior golfers. They are stronger physically, know how to better control their emotions during competition and are less talkative with their fellow competitors. Let’s face it, college golf is extremely competitive! Attending collegiate events will help juniors realize which areas of their game need improvement before they matriculate in college. After this experience, junior golfers will likely admit to themselves that college golf is well within their reach as long as they make the proper commitment to excel as a student-athlete in high school.

While attending college events, junior golfers will notice that not all players act the same either on or off the golf course. They should try to identify teams that have players similar to them. This may be a difficult task to accomplish but is something that will prove beneficial throughout the college placement process. Juniors should also watch collegiate players they formerly competed against in junior golf and notice how their games have developed. In this case, juniors can typically see themselves playing collegiate golf one day.

Pay attention to the following while attending college events:

  • Warm-up routines including stretching
  • Coach’s interaction during warm-ups
  • Pre-shot routines during the round
  • Course management styles including club selection
  • Players’ reactions to different situations
  • Coaching styles (standing on par 3’s, walking with one player, etc.)
  • Post-round comments from players and coaches near the scoreboard
Overall, college golf tournaments are extremely entertaining and if attended by junior golfers, can be educational as well. Print out the NCAA golf schedule today and start planning!

Coach Brooks
Red Numbers Golf®

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