There are just over 800 colleges that have a women’s golf program. Competition for women’s golf scholarships is stiff, so make sure that you’re doing all of the things that you need to do to make sure you stand out among other women’s golf recruits.
1. Develop a game plan and get evaluated by a third party. Develop a good understanding of NCAA rules and core course requirements. Create a women’s golf recruiting game plan, then execute it with the dedication you bring to your golf practice and your academic work. A trusted third party like NCSA can provide honest answers about your skill level, and help you set realistic goals.
2. Make sure your academic/athletic resume is online. Information about your athletic ability and academic qualifications, verified by a source that college coaches trust like NCSA, should be easily available online. This makes it a lot easier for college women’s golf coaches to “discover” you.
3. Get a video highlighting your skills out there. Create a highlight video that is viewable online or available in a format that can be easily distributed over the web. The video should be roughly five minutes long and show that you have a well-rounded golf game. Try to frame the video so that the flag is in the shot as well. Remember, coaches want to see your swing mechanics.
- Show 10 to 15 repetitions of tee shots.
- Include several highlights of approach shots from distances ranging from 100 o 180 yards.
- Prove that you can hit out of the rough and out of traps.
4. Contact at least 50 realistic women’s golf programs. Realistically look at your academic qualifications and athletic ability and set your recruiting targets accordingly. Division I is a nice goal to have to realize that nearly 70% of women’s college golf programs are at the Division II, Division III, NAIA, or junior college level.
5. Remember that it’s not a four-year decision. It’s a 40-year decision. Selecting a college is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. Do your research to ensure that your choice is a good one both as a recruit for college women’s golf, and as a student.
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