Women's Golf Recruiting Timeline

Golf tournaments demand lots of preparation, strategy and performance. The recruiting process is similar for women’s golf. Preparing highlight takes and visits. Consider schools in various regions. Strategy includes building relationships with coaches and keeping up with communication. And then performing at tournaments you invited potential coaches. Master your goal by participating in tournaments and building relationships.

Freshmen Year

  • Research 2-3 schools per week
  • Create a list of 100 prospective schools consider both athletics and academics
  • Send introduction letters to coaches
  • Go on at least 3 unofficial visits to colleges – visit at least one college per month
  • Build relationships by making phone calls, send letters and emails
  • Attend camps with the goals of honing your skills and to gain exposure 

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Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • Coaches are watching your development throughout high school at camps, in school and on the field
  • Standouts are proactive, it’s never too early for YOU to write a letter or make a call to coaches
  • DI and DII coaches can’t personally contact you until Junior year, but YOU can contact them
  • DIII and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically

Sophomore Year

  • Narrow down your list of schools
  • Continue to research prospective schools
  • Look to participate in summer tournaments and send schedules to coaches
  • Continue to build relationships by making calls, sending letters, emails
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Make unofficial visits

Junior Year:

  • Join summer tournaments and send coaches your schedule
  • Make a highlight film tape
  • Continue to build the relationship by making calls and reach out to coaches
  • Follow-up with coaches you’ve contacted in a TIMELY manner
  • Ask coaches where you stand on their recruits list
  • Fill out questionnaires
  • Respond to EVERY coach
  • Make unofficial visits to schools
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • DI and DII coaches will start calling during the summer
  • DI coaches are starting to call once per week and schedule off-campus visits on or after July 1
  • DII coaches are allowed to start calling and schedule off-campus visits on or after June 15
  • September 1st is the first day DI and DII coaches can send your personalized letters
  • If you haven’t heard from DI coaches, reach out to DII, DIII, NAIA coaches
  • Contact coaches at least once a week

Senior Year

  • Make official visits – only allowed 5
  • Follow-up with coaches and respond in a TIMELY manner
  • Apply to the schools- applications
  • Apply for financial aid FAFSA.ed.gov starting Jan. 1
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program (Signing date starts April and ends on August 1st)
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime
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