Helpful Links If
You Are Interested In Playing At The Next Level
Scoreboard has excellent information on college recruitment.
The bottom of the page has links to important questions such as:
How do college golf coaches discover talent?
Do coaches really care about academics?
What is the parent's role in the recruiting process?
Will playing AJGA events increase my chances of earning a college scholarship?
And many, many more answers to important questions that many high school golfers
Collegiate Golf Rankings
Create a list of colleges you are interested in attending. Competition is
high for the top schools, but browse
through the lower ranked colleges. If you can break 80, you can play
college golf somewhere. It might not
be a Division I school, it might not be in California, but you can compete while
getting an education.
Create a "Dream School" list, a realistic list, and a backup list. Start
filling out online recruiting questionnaires (most
golf programs have them) and contacting coaches to show your interest. If
you are a top ranked junior golfer,
they will probably find you. If you're not, you need to reach out to them.
Current Junior Golf Rankings
(Unlike Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek allows you to sort by state)
If you think there is any possibility
of playing golf at the next level, make sure to log onto
register. This should be done
before the start of your senior year. Registration is mandatory for all
Golf Digest ranks the collegiate golf programs. Unforunately, they have
taken down the old link. As soon as the new report comes out,
I will link it
here. (The last time was 2008,
so they should be doing it again soon.)
Here are some sample
PDF files from the 2008 rankings
The College Golf Guide has been designed to help high school students find the
right school for their needs.
There are three separate rankings that comprise the Guide:
"Balanced" ranking, for students who place equal
emphasis on school and sports
"Golf First" ranking, for students with dreams of
playing golf in college and professionally
"Academics First" ranking, for students who are
focused on education but still desire to play competitive golf.
The "Balanced" ranking is the best indicator for the majority of young men and
women heading off to college.
PING American College
The PING Guide contains vital help for junior golfers who want to continue their
golf career at the collegiate level.
It includes information on every
scholarship and non-scholarship golf program in the U.S. (more than 1,200
colleges and community colleges),
and it answers the questions facing
college-bound students on subjects including:
|taking advantage of the numerous
opportunities for both men and women to play college golf.|
|understanding recruiting guidelines,
entrance and eligibility requirements, letters of intent and
|learning about new NCAA regulations and
their effect on prospective and current student-athletes.|
|planning your high school career to
ensure adequate preparation for college testing, counseling and timely
|matching yourself athletically and
academically to one or more schools.|
|maximizing your exposure to college
|preparing your golf resume and
promoting yourself if you are not recruited.|
|handling interviews and meetings with
|knowing the importance of the campus
|qualifying for financial aid.|
|preparing to enjoy your college golf
experience no matter what level of competition you seek.|
Even if you are not going to make the PGA Tour, are you still interested in a
career in the golf industry?
Former Great Oak golfer Corey Baubault graduated from the PGM program at New Mexico
What is a Professional Golf Management Program?
Do you know the answer to these basic questions? If not, don't even think about
1) If you can't find your
ball, what do you do?
2) What is the difference
between red stakes, yellow stakes, and white stakes? Do you know how to proceed
in each situation?
3) What is a lateral water
hazard? If you hit it into one, where do you hit your next ball from? How many
options do you have?
4) What can and can't you
do in a sand trap?
5) What happens if you
pick up your ball before it hits the bottom of the cup?
6) Your ball is lodged in
a bush. You can't even make a swing on it. What do you do? What are your
an easy to read rule book. Click here to
it every day during silent reading. If I was a college
The SCGA has
started a wonderful program for junior golfers (high school age and below).
There are various
courses, listed by region, all over the state of California.
For example, Cross
Menifee Lakes are both $1 for range balls and $4 or $5 for green fees.
like the courses usually make you play in the afternoon,
but most seem to have open access to the driving range.
A program like this
would be a great way to play various courses over the off-season without making
your parents go broke.