Month: October 2015

Stacy Lewis featured at College Golf Camps

 

College Golf Camps of America is beyond excited to announce our first all girl’s camp featuring Stacy Lewis. CGC – Stacy Lewis will be January 16th – 18th, 2015 in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Stacy Lewis embraces the essence of the “late-bloomer” as it relates to junior and college golf. Stacy played 4 years at the University of Arkansas and graduated with a double-major in finance. She also won 12 college tournaments and the 2007 individual NCAA championship.

Lewis was never the highly ranked junior golfer. Of course, she had huge challenges physically, which she has overcome. She is the “All-American” girl when it comes to junior golf. Kelley Hester, current Head Golf Coach at Furman University coached Stacy while at University of Arkansas, says “Stacy is the ultimate “cinderella story”. She climbed the ranks of college golf as a relatively unknown in junior golf to become one of the top female golfers in the world. As Stacy’s college coach, it has been fun to watch her continue to challenge herself and succeed at all levels. Every little girl dreaming to play on tour should hear her story and learn from her experience.”

A portion of the proceeds from Stacy’s camp will benefit a charity commensurate with her passion.

“It is a great honor to partner with College Golf Camps to start their first ever all girl’s camp. I am very passionate about women in sport and providing a platform for us to stand alone. I look forward to sharing my college experience and the things that I have learned since with the campers. I can’t wait to see everyone in West Palm Beach in January!” – Stacy Lewis, LPGA

“To say that we are excited to have Stacy Lewis on board is the understatement of the year. Stacy is the epitome of why we exist. College Golf Camps attempts to provide junior golfers and families with opportunities never seen before. Stacy’s accomplishments are truly amazing, her passion to succeed is remarkable.” says Nick Rook, CGC’s President/Founder “Having Stacy involved in our first girl’s only camp only furthers our mission to advance the opportunities for junior golfers to achieve their dreams.”

Your Time in Junior Golf is Running Out

Your time in junior golf is running out and it’s time to start making some decisions. At College Golf camps, we can help you with that! Check out our list of decisions you should make for future in college golf and beyond!

Let’s list out the decisions you need to make as a family with your junior golfer.

– Who is your instructor?

– Should I have a mental coach?

– Should I have a strength coach?

– What tournaments should you play in?

– How many tournaments should I play in?

– What equipment should I be using?

– Which tour should you play on?

– What is the NCAA?

– What is the NCAA clearinghouse?

– What is the SAT/ACT?

– When should I take the SAT/ACT?

– How do I gain exposure to college golf?

– How do I get the opportunity to interact with college golf coaches?

– How can I showcase my skill-set to coaches?

– How can I compete in front of coaches?

– How do these rankings work?

Need help answering these questions? Let the real experts at College Golf Camps help you with that! College Golf Camps provides a exceptional educational opportunity for junior golfers to learn from college golf coaches, experience the competitive spirit with college golf coaches and interact with college golf coaches with the goal of improving as a golfer. And we know our stuff. Contact us today at 844-884-1551 or email us at juniorgolf@collegegolfcamps.com

Have you met the NCAA initial eligibility requirements?

Rick Allen is the founder of Informed Athlete. Rick has over 25 years of NCAA experience in rules, transfers, academics, etc.

We are proud to say he is apart of our team here at CGC. “Rick’s experience in NCAA rules is exceptional. Any student-athlete or family of a student-athlete would greatly benefit from speaking with Rick.” says CGC President, Nick Rook.

Recently Rick wrote a blog on NCAA eligibility requirements for student-athletes. Rick’s website is www.informedathlete.com here you will find volumes of NCAA information that will surely benefit your family.

Are you confident that your son or daughter meets, or will meet, the new NCAA Division I eligibility requirements for Fall 2016 incoming freshman?

If you’re a high school athlete or parent of a high school athlete who will graduate in 2016 or after, it’s important to know that the NCAA Division I eligibility requirements are changing!

What happens if an athlete is not certified as a “Qualifier” for Division I freshman eligibility? If your athlete doesn’t meet the NCAA Division I requirements for freshman eligibility because they didn’t take the required core courses, or don’t have the necessary GPA, or ACT or SAT test score, the consequences are:

  • Your athlete cannot receive an athletic scholarship during their freshman unless the requirements for “Academic Redshirt” are met
  • Your athlete will NOT be eligible to compete during their freshman year.
  • Your athlete will not be eligible to practice with the team or attend weight training with their team.

If your athlete goes to a JUCO their freshman year as a non-qualifier:

  • They will NOT be eligible to transfer to a Division I program after just one year.
  • Your athlete will also have more extensive academic requirements at the JUCO

Don’t be on the outside looking in!
The hardest thing I had to do when I worked on campus was tell an athlete they weren’t eligible to play their sport because they hadn’t met the core course requirements for eligibility.

This is why we created Informed Athlete’s Freshman Eligibility & Transcript Review service, so we can help high school athletes and parents be better informed and prepared without unpleasant surprises!

With Informed Athlete’s Freshman Eligibility and Transcript Review, we will:

 

  • Explain the freshman eligibility requirements and how they affect you.
  • Compare the courses completed with your high school’s “core course” listing.
  • Provide an assessment of the subjects that need to be completed to satisfy initial (freshman) eligibility requirements.
  • Review your son or daughter’s ACT or SAT test scores, and determine the GPA that will be needed for eligibility, and
  • Suggest steps and discuss a plan of action that may be available to satisfy the eligibility requirements.

Junior Golfers: Having the right tools is paramount

Having the right tools by Rebecca Butler, College Golf Camps, Camp Director. This former LSU Tiger knows what it takes at the next level.

As a former junior and collegiate competitive golfer I can smile as I reminisce and reflect back on some memorable experiences. Playing top ranked golf courses, flying in private planes, golf tournaments in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, enough gear that I still have a closet full of logoed goodies, and friendships that will last a lifetime. How was I able to play on a top ten ranked college team, travel the country with my teammates, and build lifelong relationships? For me it was having all the “right tools in my toolbox.”

I will say first and foremost, I absolutely did not do this on my own, but with the help of extremely supportive parents. I started to build my toolbox at the age of three with traditional golf clinics, as I progressed so did my instruction to private lessons and individualized practice plans. As I grew older my goals (supported by my parents and family) was to have success on every level – local, regional and national events. If I wasn’t ready to move to the next level, I didn’t.

I had the instruction and access to competition, which pushed me to work hard to improve my game and progress as a competitive golfer. Even with success on the course, I was determined to do anything I could to get noticed. So I addressed envelopes and included my golf resume and letter to coaches, my parents would mail them for me, and again I was building my toolbox.

Every junior golfer is different and their path to collegiate golf will reflect their successes on and off the course. As a junior golfer, parent or supporter it is important to have access to the tools needed in navigating the road to college golf.

Geaux Tigers!!

Fairways and Greens,

Rebecca Butler
College Golf Camps
Camp Director

CGC – Weekly Junior Golf Instruction with Stuart Morgan, IJGA

Stuart Morgan is the Director of Coaching at the International Junior Golf Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Environment + Challenge = Engagement and Learning

After having a great weekend with Team IJGA winning the HJGT Academy Cup, we are back to learning and improving to get better.

I noticed one of our students wasn’t hitting the ball close enough when she got within 150 yards. In practice today, she was hitting iron shots in-between the two arrows with zero purpose and zero engagement. This said to me IT’S TOO EASY.

"hit it between the arrows"
“hit it between the arrows”

I stepped in and changed the environment and the challenge. You can see the two flags in the distance.

Her challenge was:

* Hit six balls in a row in-between the flags with the correct flight and strike

* Use clubs 7, 8, 9, PW, 52-degree and 56-degree

* Any time it’s a poor strike, or misses the target, you start again

* The player is required to hit each shot as if on the course, going through the full pre shot routine

After a number of attempts, some frustration, some moments of getting down on herself and some moments of “it’s too hard,”she completed the challenge in just under one hour.

The keys for us to learn here are:

1) As a golfer wanting to improve performance on the course, let’s make the practice environment as close as we can to that environment

2) When I add a constraint to the task like “You miss the target, you start again,” it makes every ball important and that sixth ball like it’s a shot to win a tournament

3) Golf development is NON-LINEAR, so we need to help young golfers deal with adversity and difficult challenges to get through the tough times, dig deep and move forward. This is what competitive golf is.

Finally, when I watched her reaction, I know I have hit the sweet spot with regards to the task. She was challenged and engaged. By completing this challenge she has improved her mentality to what she is capable of.

By

Stuart Morgan
Director of Coaching
International Junior Golf Academy

About Stuart Morgan:

Stuart Morgan, a Mid Wales native, played golf at the professional level and has been a PGA member since 1998. He has been a full time development coach since 2001 when he was asked to work for David Leadbetter. During his time with Leadbetter, Morgan was mentored by the father of modern coaching and spent time assisting him at two PGA Championships and at Champions Gate. Morgan has also established a personal client base on Tour and spent years traveling to tournaments with elite players.

Heavily specialized in player development, Morgan has trained with Dave Alred and studied from professors such as Dr. Richard Bailey, Dr. Martin Toms, and Tour player and lecturer Graeme McDowell on how to maximize results in a training environment.

Morgan’s Player Development redefines overall athletic training and incorporates a focus and understanding of each individual golfer’s unique needs. His approaches allow IJGA to remain at the forefront of training philosophies and technology.

Using select training methods he has helped develop junior players as young as eight years old to become international standouts and even juniors who have gone on to turn professional.

Morgan joined the IJGA in 2015 and will focus heavily on the development of talent within each junior golfer.

www.ijga.com

10 Aspects Every Junior Golfer Needs to Know from College Golf Coaches

One of the unique aspects of College Golf Camps of America is the written evaluations and feedback that each junior golfer receives from college golf coaches.

Parents do you feel like Lewis & Clark on the Oregon Trail? Not really knowing where you are going, you just know that you are going.

Oregon Trail vs. Junior Golf Trail
Oregon Trail vs. Junior Golf Trail

Where else can junior golfers receive such a great tool? College Golf Camps provides 10 aspects every junior golfer needs to know from college golf coaches.

Imagine a college golf coach writing feedback about your game in it’s current state and then discussing it. Of course, these evaluations are subjective. Our college golf coaches write evaluations based on the following aspects of junior golfers:

1. Body language

2. Mental focus

3. Pre-shot routine

4. Set-up

5. Putting skills

6. Short game skills

7. Ball striking

8. Biggest strength

9. Area for improvement

10. General thoughts on the junior golf camper

These aspects of junior golf are paramount. Each camper receives at 3 of these evaluations at all of our junior golf camps.

Parents and junior golfers are trying to navigate a trail much like Lewis & Clark navigated the Oregon trail. They didn’t know exactly where they were going. They were going by a hope and pray. And listened to what “locals” said.

So would you drive from Orlando to New York today without Google maps or GPS? Of course not!!

College Golf Camps can be extremely helpful navigating the junior golf landscape. Attending one of our junior golf camps can change the trajectory of your opportunities because of the education and instruction our college golf coaches provide.

You can receive a clear cut map at College Golf Camps. Register Today!!

Junior Golf road map
Junior Golf road map

College Golf Camps is open to any junior golfer limited only by age, gender and total campers

Recommend a Junior Golfer

Know a junior golfer that would benefit/enjoy learning and interacting from the best college golf coaches in the country? Or would you like more information? Awesome! Email us juniorgolf at collegegolfcamps.com or fill out our form to find out more about our junior golf camps.

College Golf Camps provides an amazing educational opportunity for junior golfers to learn from college golf coaches, experience the competitive spirit with college golf coaches and interact with college golf coaches with the goal of improving as a golfer.

CCG provides:

  • Place special emphasis on a particular sport or sports, and provide specialized instruction or practice and may include competition;
  • Involve activities designed to improve overall skills and general knowledge in the sport; or
  • Offer a diversified experience without emphasis on instruction, practice or competition in any particular sport

Junior golfers need time management skills!

It is widely known that college golfers have huge challenges when it comes to missing class. This is why junior golfers need to have exceptional time management skills when transitioning into college golf.

College golfers miss a lot of class due to tournaments. Sometimes college golfers will miss 2 – 3 days a week because of travel. Now, some junior golfers might be thinking “that is awesome, I get to miss 2-3 days of class and play golf”. In the short term, it might be awesome, but in the long term it will be a huge challenge academically.

Junior golfers need to practice great time management skills in high school because it will only get more difficult once you arrive at college. Coaches and their teams have requirements due to NCAA bylaws. Coaches are more focused on academics because of those academic standards.

At College Golf Camps, we broach the topic of “transitioning from junior golf to college golf” and this is one of the main topics that is discussed. That and having to do your own laundry. smile

Junior golfers: we encourage you to sharpen your time management skills and minimize the distractions around you. You only get one chance to get it right, stay focused on your goals!! TIME MANAGEMENT MATTERS!!

Time Management Matters!!
Time Management Matters!!

Realities of junior golf

College Golf Camps has various topics within our junior golf camps. One of our topics is “transition from junior golf to college golf”. Another is “life skills for college freshman”. We cover so many topics at camp to help educate the junior golfer and the parents. At the end of the day, you only have one chance to get it right and the clock is ticking…….

Example of College Golfer Daily Schedule
Example of College Golfer Daily Schedule
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