College Golf Camps of America (CGC) returned to Hilton Head for its second spring event! More than a dozen IJGA students took part in the 2nd Annual National Junior Golf Prospects Camp that ran from March 20-22, 2015. The exciting three-day event took place at Hampton Hall Golf Club on the Pete Dye course and included a myriad of activities.
Friday afternoon featured a Par-3 Challenge where campers faced a tough drill from the outset. With 18 college coaches on hand, young golfers showed their mettle when faced with tough drills. Following the drill, there was time for the junior golfers to get to know the coaches on hand with a Coaches and Juniors mixer. Meanwhile, any parents in attendance had the opportunity to hear about preparing students for college golf with a session called “Road to College Golf” presented by the IJGA’s own Athletic Director of Academics and Compliance, Ann Maness. The night ended with sessions on the transition from junior to college golf for students as well as a fluid motion session before the junior golfers went off to bed for the evening.
Saturday morning dawned bright and early with sun and heat to match. Juniors and coaches joined together on the driving range for small group games and a TrackMan Combine first thing. The panel of college coaches ran the opening session similarly to how college practices are conducted, providing first-hand insight to the life of a college student-athlete. Taking the camp inside, juniors and parents gathered to hear about the expectations of college coaches straight from the source. As the camp reached midday, juniors divided into small groups to sit in roundtable Q&A sessions with college coaches. This provided the juniors an opportunity to ask questions on anything from what method is best to contact a coach to what a typical tournament weekend looks like.
Lunch was served to refuel the juniors before they retreated to the course for a discussion on playing with freedom from Mississippi State’s coach, Ginger Brown-Lemm before a shotgun start to an 18-hole round of golf. Dinner was followed with another fluid motion session before day two came to a close.
Sunday, the third and final day of the camp, started with a discussion by Davidson’s Tim Straub on playing to win before the shotgun start of the second 18-hole round of the weekend. Lunch was followed by a session on Championship golf led by three of the visiting coaches as well as a “Practice to Learn” talk with the IJGA’s Mental Training guru, Matt Cuccaro.
Camps like CGC are incredibly beneficial to our junior golfers, especially those aspiring to play college golf and in the process of considering which college they would like to attend. Campers spend the weekend playing golf in front of great college coaches while talking to them about their futures and how to get where they want before they even set foot on campus. The camp’s golf activities serve more as a forum for showing juniors the difference in junior golf and college golf. Though the two rounds of golf do not recognize a winner, the biggest benefit is the ability to have on-the-course observation and feedback from college coaches from all over the country. The elite panel of coaches working the camps provides junior golfers with direct information on key topics regarding college golf in general.
College Golf Camps was developed in conjunction with NCAA golf coaches. It is the first privately operated multi-college Junior Golf Camp in the world. The programs allow college coaches to interact, instruct, evaluate and clinician junior golfers from across the globe.
If you are interested about taking part in a College Golf Camps event, click here or contact us at (843) 686-1500.