by Ryley Hendry
One of the daunting tasks regarding the College Placement process is the timing of everything – knowing when to do what and making sure you are on the right track.
At IJGA, we begin working with our junior golfers in 9th grade. For 20 years, IJGA has placed nearly 100% of our students on college golf teams. With over $51 million golf scholarships awarded, we want to share with you the secret to our success.
Key considerations throughout the College Placement process:
- Make sure the tournament schedule you set is the best for you to showcase your talents! Students should plan on playing events year round to stay in the best competitive state!
- Research, Research, Research— Too often families have preconceived notions about DI vs. DII or small school versus large school – research will help you make sure you see all options available!
- Answer every questionnaire you receive and every correspondence you receive from coaches, even if it is from a school you are not sure you are interested in.Communication is a must and you never know what school may work best for you!
- Keep your GPA the highest you can — it may not seem important in 9thgrade, but a strong GPA shows college coaches you can balance academics and athletics! Just think of your competition. If you were competing with another student athlete for a scholarship, you both were equally great golfers, but your GPA was higher, it may just push you to the top!
We don’t want you to miss any key dates or tasks you should be completing.
Here is a sneak peak and some key thoughts for students and parents as they work through the college placement process:
9th Grade – Freshman
- Understanding the importance of a solid GPA.
- Research and start to understand what College Golf is all about. IJGA has a lot of resources here.
10th Grade – Sophomore
- Begin SAT/ACT prep and/or TOEFL prep.
- Make sure your classes are on track and following the NCAA guidelines. Check them out here.
11th Grade – Junior
Take the SAT/ACT and/or TOEFL
September 1st is a big date for the junior class, Coaches can begin to email prospective student athletes.
Register for the NCAA Eligibility Center
Visit college to get a feel for what is the best fit for you
12th Grade – Senior
July 1st coach can call prospective student athletes
Take official visits (5 allowed under NCAA regulations)
Evaluate your options and make a decision
Graduate! Congratulations, you are now a college bound student athlete!
The College Placement process, if managed correctly, should be a lot of hard work, but also a lot of fun! It is a great feeling to accomplish your goal at the end and move onto College!
Want more help with your college placement process? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryley Hendry is the CEO of the International Junior Golf Academy and an expert on junior golf. After playing as a Lobo for the University of New Mexico, Ryley did a season on the Futures Tour. Since then, much of her professional life has been devoted to helping junior golfers achieve their dreams of playing college golf. Ryley also serves on IJGA’s College Placement Team.