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You Have Completed the College Placement Process—Now What?

Staying focused during your senior year ensures a successful transition to college

The college placement process can be a long and arduous task for families and junior golfers. Researching schools, writing and emailing coaches, completing college applications, and visiting campuses expends a lot of time and energy. It can be a very rewarding process as well, especially when a junior player is offered and accepts a scholarship to play for a school that fits his or her needs both academically and athletically.

Oftentimes I have witnessed cases where players will lose their focus after committing early to a coach or signing the National Letter of Intent in November, and as a result, their golf games will suffer. It is very important to set intermediate goals between your junior golf career and the time you enroll in college. With the rush to commit to coaches so early these days, players can have 12, 18, or even 24 months remaining before they will actually begin their collegiate careers.

So what should be done to stay sharp once you know where you are going to attend college and play golf?

  • Maintain a once-per-month tournament schedule that includes some amateur competition (state amateur, USGA qualifiers, regional amateur events, etc.).

  • Continue to work hard on improving all areas of your golf game.

  • Work regularly with your support team to make any necessary improvements (swing instructor, strength and conditioning coach, etc.).

  • Have your golf equipment reviewed annually and, if necessary, updated by a qualified club fitter.

  • Attend several college tournaments to better understand what the next level will require of you.

  • Learn to become an effective time manager, balancing golf, school, and free time.

  • Speak regularly with your future college coach to learn more about the team, his coaching philosophies, and what you should expect in the first semester.

  • Set realistic goals for your freshman year (both golf and school).

  • Continue to work hard on your academics.

Once a student-athlete has completed the college placement process and knows definitively where he will attend college and play golf, it is important to focus immediately on his future goals. Also, he should understand that college placement is only one step in a competitive player’s long- term development. Earning a college golf scholarship is a great accomplishment, but if the player fails to have additional aspirations as a golfer, then his game is likely to plateau and, in some cases, even begin to decline.

The bottom line is that all players, regardless of where they stand with the college placement process, need to continue working hard to maintain focus in an attempt to become the best student-athletes they can be.

Good luck!

Coach Brooks
Red Numbers Golf®

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