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
  • D3 and NAIA coaches can contact you at anytime
  • Important to do be familiar with the school both athletically and academically


Sophomore Year

  • D1 coaches can start communicating with recruits via phone, email and private messages starting on June 15 after 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
  • D1 – Official/unofficial visits and off-campus contact is prohibited before August 1 before junior year 
  • Narrow down your prospective schools list

Rules/Tips to Remember:

  • If you haven’t heard from D1 coaches, reach out to D2, D3, 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 October 1
  • Sign and Commit to a school and program – the D1/D2 Signing Period is between November 13, 2019 – August 1, 2020
  • Find out the summer workout schedule
  • Get ready for an experience of a lifetime
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