Month: September 2016

10 Tips to Prepare for College


It is important to know all of your options in order to make the best choice possible for which college to attend. To help assist with this pivotal decision, take advantage of this list of tips and advice from Deanna Goldberg, head counselor at Monte Vista High School, and real college students to help prepare you for this stirring and life-altering adventure.

1. Research various schools

Sometimes a school you have never even heard of may be the perfect fit for your educational needs. For example, a popular school may not have that highly-ranked science program you’re looking for, so be sure to research everything, both local and non-local.

Take things into consideration such as classroom size. Some students can do well in large-sized classrooms, while others tend to perform better when the classroom consists of fewer students and more one-on-one time with the professor.

“I strongly emphasize finding the right match for you,” said Goldberg. “Look at the obvious factors, such as location, size and major, but also research the less obvious factors. For example, check out any activities you would like to get involved with on campus or see if the school has a more conservative or liberal approach.”

Be sure not to base your college selections on friends, boyfriends or girlfriends. Yes, you may have made mud pies together since the first grade or had your first kiss next to the water fountain, but your diploma will be an accomplishment of a lifetime.

“It’s very important to really put time into finding the right school for you,” said Stephanie Rios, a Nursing major at the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, CA. “Think about where you feel most comfortable because you’re going to be there for awhile. If you feel uncomfortable in your academic environment, you’ll be more likely to be less successful, not only academically, but socially. College isn’t just about education, it’s about an experience.”

Also, never stray from applying to any particular institution because you do not think you stand a chance at acceptance. Colleges look at all aspects of the applicant. For example, if someone barely meets the GPA requirement, but has outstanding leadership abilities or other unique qualities, the person can still very well have a chance.

2. Submit your FAFSA and apply for scholarships

Don’t ever let money hinder your chances at a solid education. Log onto to complete your free application for financial aid. This free site, along with the college you will be attending, will determine how much money is available to you.

“Money is something that you have very little of in college,” said Antonio Spellman, a Sociology major with a minor in Africana Studies at San Diego State University. “To meet the high demands of books, tuition costs and other fees, it is important to fill out your FAFSA in a timely fashion. Otherwise, you miss other important deadlines for payments on the aforementioned items because processing your information may take awhile. It is like paying any other bill, the sooner the better.”

Financial aid applications for the upcoming academic school year can be submitted as early as Jan. 1 with a deadline of March 2. Keep in mind that there is only a certain amount of money made available to students. The earlier you submit your application for review, the greater your chances are of getting more money than someone who waited until just before the deadline.

“Not only should you be aiming to meet the March 2nddeadline, but you should stress submitting the most accurate information possible, even if your taxes are not completed,” said Goldberg. “It’s more important to meet the deadline with accurate information, rather than having to go back later to correct something.”

Also, research scholarships. There are scholarships for everyone, I mean everyone. Some are available to people just because they are left-handed, so take advantage.

“Your FAFSA may seem to be a hassle now, but it’s a walk in the park in comparison to having to pay the full amount of your college fees,” said Berenice Alvarez, a Business Administration-Management major at San Diego State University.

3. Request letters of recommendation, transcripts, etc.

Most universities will require the applicant to provide letters of recommendation from high school faculty. Be sure to request and acquire these letters well before your application deadline. You want to give the person who is writing the letter enough time to ensure that ample thought and detail is involved. The person is more likely to provide you with a thoughtful letter when he or she is not being rushed.

“Try giving teachers and counselors a two week lead-time in order to prepare letters of recommendation,” said Goldberg. “We want you to be able to put your best foot forward and writing a strong letter takes time. It’s like when you are writing a paper. You start out with a rough draft and take time to make revisions. It’s the same way with a letter of recommendation.”

Transcripts and other items should also be requested well in advance because it may take awhile to process. You want to make sure you have everything you need and on time.

4. Schedule a meeting with your high school counselor

Your counselor provides you with free assistance to help guide you toward making the best choices for your future. He or she can also help to provide you with application fee waivers to the colleges you wish to apply to if you qualify for them. Remember that your counselor is not there to make decisions for you, but is simply used as a tool to help you, help yourself.

“A counselor is such a valuable resource,” said Goldberg. “Whether you want to set-up a meeting with your family or on your own, we can provide you with up-to-date information on colleges. We can make you aware of college visits to the high schools and most of us set-up workshops for college applications and the FAFSA. We also have updated information on local scholarships because agencies usually send that information directly to the counseling office.”

Counselors are not only helpful, but can act as an excellent contributor to your academic support group.

“In high school, my high school counselor was almost like my best friend,” said Mike Sessions, a Mass Communications major with an emphasis on TV and Video Production at California State University, San Bernardino. “Had I not met with her and listened to her advice, I would’ve been lost in trying to figure out this whole college thing. Not only was she the key to mentoring me, she also pushed me to go harder academically.”

While counselors are very useful, you should still always take the time to figure out what works best for you, apart from what everyone else thinks or says.

“All students should have a counselor in whom they trust to help motivate and inspire them throughout their academic career,” said Yonathan Elias, a Mass Communications graduate of California State University, San Bernardino and currently enrolled in the Mass Communications master’s program at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

5. Contact schools

Try not to base your decisions on the college descriptions from the website or photographs, especially if the school is local. If you are able to, visit the school. You can usually schedule for a tour guide to show you around, so you can view the campus first-hand.

“It is very important to go to the campus,” said Goldberg. “Check out its surroundings and environment because you’ll be spending a lot of time there. It’s like picking out a home for the next four years. I encourage potential students to take a formal tour of the campus, but to also tour it on their own. Wander around and talk to students. Ask them about their favorite things to do there and get to know the school in a more casual setting.”

Introduce yourself to the faculty and staff to gain a better understanding of who you will be working with for the coming years. If you already know what you want to major in, pay specific attention to the staff working in that department. If the college is not local and you have the means, plan a road trip with some friends to visit your educational prospects. It can be both helpful and exciting.

“I made sure to contact different schools to gain a better understanding of how the curriculum worked,” said Tiffany Hobbs, who graduated with her Pharmaceutical Technician Certificate from Valley Career College in El Cajon, CA.

6. Know your deadlines

Once you have determined which schools you wish to apply to, you must know your deadlines.

“Universities are getting much stricter with deadlines because they are so impacted right now,” said Goldberg. “Fewer students are being admitted due to budget cuts and schools will discontinue looking at your application if you are not meeting the required deadlines. Schools are likely to get in contact with you through e-mail, so many sure to check yours to remain aware of any time-sensitive requests they may have.”

This is of the utmost importance. You must not procrastinate.

“I am the top dog procrastinator and I learned the hard way to change this terrible habit,” said Elias. “Don’t wait until the last week of application deadlines. Get everything done as soon as possible.”

College applications are not like homework. You cannot submit them late and simply expect the reviewers to deduct some points. If you miss the deadline, you will be unable to reapply until the next application window. Some schools accept applications twice a year. However, there are many that only accept them once a year, meaning a whole academic year will be lost because you were unable to gather your material within the correct time frame. Time is of the essence, so make do to manage it wisely.

“Deadlines are super, super important!” said Rios. “School will be very hard if you don’t keep track of important dates. Getting material submitted for the application deadline is only the beginning. Write important dates down in a place that you will constantly look, in order to keep them fresh in your head.”

7. Study for your exams

Depending on the university, different exams will be required for entry. Visit your local library for books to help you to prepare for these tests or find free online study tools, according to the exam. These will be some of the most important exams you will have to take because they will determine your academic placement.

“High school prepares you for these important exams,” said Alvarez. “Study as much as possible because the higher your score, the less likely it will be that you have to take remedial classes.”

“Make sure to take the entrance exams very seriously,” added Goldberg. “It can save you money in the long run because you may be eligible for exemption from certain classes for graduation. Even if you do not need a specific course for graduation in high school, try taking it anyway to better prepare yourself for the test. It can end up reducing your time and costs for college.”

8. Be organized

This is especially important if you are applying to multiple schools because different schools have different requirements. For example, while one school may require two letters of recommendation, another school may require three.

“Being in college, you find that everything is fast-paced and you end up multi-tasking and taking on more than your fair share of responsibilities,” said Spellman. “I find that being organized helps with time management, makes prioritizing and remembering things simpler and makes your life that much easier. If you have to, buy a planner, set reminders, write on an at-home chalkboard, whatever helps you organize your thoughts, ideas and events (tests, papers, etc.).”

9. Save your money

As much as we’d all love for grants and scholarships to completely pay our way through college, it’s unlikely. Therefore, something’s going to have to come out of that pocket. If you’re still in high school, try thinking about a part-time job for the weekend or working summers.

“It is important to have a budget and to keep it in mind,” said Goldberg. “Keep track of your finances and if you have a part-time job, factor that in as well.”

Open up a savings account at a local bank or put your money into that secret stash you have hidden in your closet.  Don’t think you need to wait until your junior or senior year to start saving or even researching colleges. Do this as early as possible. You can never be too prepared.

10. Don’t let rejection hold you back

After 13 years of school, you should be able to go to the school of your choice. However, Harvard and Yale don’t accept just anyone. So, of course, applicants will have to face some rejection. However, don’t think that rejection is limited to certain students because even the valedictorian and salutatorian will get their fair share.

Play it safe and apply to as many schools as you can, without settling. Choose schools that you know you will be able to both gain something from and contribute something to.

Don’t take rejection too personally and give up. Colleges receive thousands of applications per year with only so many seats available in the classroom. Therefore, many highly-qualified applicants will have to be regretfully turned away, so don’t get let down too easily and don’t lose hope.

“If you don’t get into your first choice for colleges, there are hundreds of them out there,” said Goldberg. “The right one is waiting for you, so go find it!”

Some students resort to taking a break if they are not accepted into their “dream school.” Although some students feel that it would be more beneficial to do so after high school before jumping into college life, students who do take a break tend to be less likely to go to college. Of course, benefits may include saving up more money, re-taking exams for better scores, etc.

However, try other alternatives to skipping a year. For example, if you were unable to be offered entrance into universities, visit your local community colleges. Some universities will admit students after completing an educational track through a community college. Also, make sure to verify that courses you will be taking are eligible to transfer to a university. This way, you will already have credit at the university if you apply the following year and are accepted.

Education is the future. In it, we can find hope to progress in both knowledge and mankind. By expanding our minds, we can seek new and advanced alternatives in medicine. We can heighten our current levels of technology and we can use our past errors in history to pave better paths for our future. We must educate and discipline ourselves both mentally and physically, so take the first step by filling out an application. By doing so, you are not only applying for college, you are applying yourself.

-C., Chanel. “Attention Students: 10 Tips to Prepare for College.” Santee, CA Patch. © 2016 Patch Media, 06 Mar. 2011. Web. 30 Sept. 2016.

Fundamentals of Fitness for Junior Golfers

Junior Golf Fitness Exercises

As a junior golfer, you already possess early signs of discipline, commitment and great potential for your future in golf. You continue to develop emotional maturity, mental skills and strategies in addition to the ongoing development of your golf swing.

Now, it’s time to begin the process of physical development. Let’s start by learning the correct way to train for golf as you build a strong, healthy body and a solid base of support. These concepts will serve as your foundation for a lifetime of benefits in good health, protection from injury and better golf.

Learn proper guidance on form. Make sure your child receives proper instruction on exercise form as they begin a strength training program for golf. Adults can provide instruction and supervision to enforce safety and good technique. You can also consider hiring a trained professional to demonstrate proper form and safety measures. Most gyms have a junior program where they offer proper lifting techniques and protocols. Golf training programs for juniors should emphasize the principles of lifetime fitness and proper exercise form so they receive maximum benefits from exercise while minimizing any risks. Adults who design training programs for their children should provide an environment centered on enjoyment, positive reinforcement and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle.

Think about strength training as opposed to weight lifting. Your young players are not aspiring weightlifters or bodybuilders, but rather strength builders. Junior golfers should begin with body weight exercises that place an emphasis on many muscle groups and movement patterns which mimic real life movements such as pushups, pull-ups, and multi directional lunges. Weights can be used, but the focus should be light weights and higher repetitions. Simply choose 5 or 6 exercises and perform 15 to 20 reps while continuing your concentration on good form and technique. Never compromise on the quality of your movement in favor of increased repetitions. Begin with only a few repetitions until you master an exercise. Parents or instructors should provide clear instruction and close supervision.

Always include a warm up. Your child should begin each workout with a brief warm up of roughly 10 minutes. They can jog in place, perform jumping jacks, or do high knee ups. Once the body is warm, the muscles are now ready to do their part in strength training while minimizing the risk for injury. Your workout should end with a light stretching session to reap maximum benefits.

Give your body proper rest. Two or three sessions per week are plenty to benefit your strength, endurance and overall golf game. Junior golfers, just like adults, need to give their bodies adequate rest so they can undergo the repair, remodeling and regeneration process. Be sure to take a rest day or two between strength training workouts.

Record your progress. End each session by entering a few notes on a workout card or notebook dedicated to your exercise routine. Simply record which exercises, how many repetitions, and what weights or resistance your child uses during a workout. Monitoring your progress will give you a quick snapshot of what you’ve done and how best to progress from there.

Add variety, consistency and fun. Once something becomes a chore or loses its initial interest, boredom can set in. Don’t be afraid to try new exercises and vary your workouts. Think outside the boundaries of a gym and make the workout fun. Body weight exercises can be done outside as easily as indoors. Figure out which exercises your child enjoys best and repeat those. Bring in new exercises every few weeks and keep the workout fresh. The enjoyment factor will contribute to your child’s interest in consistency over time.

Strength training for juniors is supported by organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Each of these organizations encourages children’s participation in appropriately designed training programs as long as they are competently supervised. Introduce your junior golfer to a lifetime of health and fitness while improving early motor skills, self esteem and overall physical and emotional well being.

– By Susan Hill. “The Fundamentals of Fitness for Junior Golfers.” Junior Golf Scoreboard. Susan Hill, n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2016.

Think Box Vs. Play Box

Creating a Think Box and a Play Box is a great way to get into a good mental state and become more decisive with your shots.  Every golf shot requires a decision and a commitment to that decision. Creating an efficient Think Box routine, where you make congruent decisions that you can fully commit to, will make you a better player of the game. Learning to trust this requires practice and the best place to do that is on the course. In this video the Head Women’s Coach of the University of Central Florida, Emily Marron, goes over the details of the Think Box vs. Play Box.

In order to go through the Think Box/Play Box routine you must draw an imaginary line behind the ball.  Behind the line is the Think Box and in front of the line is the Play Box.  In the Think Box you are going through all of the factors of the shot: what the yardage is, how far the ball will fly, how far the ball will roll, what the wind is doing, whether you are going to hit a draw or fade, or hit it high or low.  Once you determine and visualize the exact shot you are going to play, then and only then will you step over across the line into the Play Box.  In the Play Box there is no thinking whatsoever but only execution and “playing catch with the target.”  If any thoughts pop into your head you must step back into the Think Box once again.  When mastered this technique will greatly help the outcome of your shots.

To learn directly from Coach Emily Marron, sign up for her one-on-one junior golf exposure camp coming up on November 6th! Click here to see the details.

College Golf: Questions Answered


The process of recruiting and playing a college sport is one that is laced with confusion.  Parents and prospective athletes always have questions about the process, recruiting, eligibility, transferring, and what takes place in college itself.  In this article with the help of Rick Allen, Founder of Informed Athlete, we will address some of the more common questions and provide answers as many times people have been given inaccurate information from websites, coaches or others who don’t know the rules or because the rules have been changed and the info is outdated.

Rick Allen Answers College Golf Recruiting Questions


Why is my GPA important if I want to transfer to another school?

Rick’s Answer:  Increasingly, I am hearing that some Division I coaches have been denying “permission to contact” for student-athletes who have requested permission to talk to other four-year colleges about a possible transfer unless the student-athlete has a GPA of at least 2.600.

So, a Division I athlete with a 2.500 GPA, for example, could be academically eligible to compete the next season if they were staying at their current school, and could meet the transfer eligibility requirements to be immediately eligible at another four-year college. But they could be denied permission to speak with coaches and athletic staff at another college about a possible transfer because their GPA is below 2.600 and their current team could lose an APR retention point.


Do I need to take the SAT/ACT if I’m going to a junior college?

Rick’s Answer:  Without a sufficient ACT or SAT score, if your goal is to go to an NCAA Division I school, you will have to stay at the JUCO long enough to graduate with your Associates Degree, and satisfy other academic requirements.

To be eligible as a 2-4 transfer to an NCAA Div. II school, you do not have to graduate with your Associates Degree, but you will need to earn the required number of transferable English, math, and science courses.

Finally, if you are considering taking the ACT or SAT to become NCAA-eligible, you will need to take the test and achieve the necessary score before you begin full-time enrollment at the JC. The score from an ACT or SAT test taken AFTER full-time college enrollment will not be able to be considered for NCAA eligibility.


Can I transfer without penalty if my coach is fired?

Rick’s Answer:  A coach being fired does not change anything about the rules that apply for transfer eligibility.  Your current academic standing is one of the key factors.


What is a preferred walk-on?

Rick’s Answer:  It means only whatever the coach at that school wants it to mean. At one school it may mean that your son is guaranteed a spot on the team for the season. At another school, it may only mean that your son is invited to pre-season practice, but can be cut at any time. You should ask the coach at that school what it means to him.


Does the NCAA have a rule against stacking an athletic scholarship on top of an academic waiver?

Rick’s Answer:  The NCAA does not prevent a school from stacking scholarships; however, some universities have a policy that they don’t allow stacking because they want to disburse scholarships and waivers to as many students as possible.


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Junior Golfers: Learn To Use Imagery

Most golfers will hear TV announcers talk about imagining the ball flight. Jack Nicklaus stated, “I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head.” The type of imagery Mr. Nicklaus uses is called Internal Imagery. It is the perspective from behind one’s eyes or first person experience.

External Imagery is the perspective from a video camera’s view. Imagine watching a video of your swing on TV … you will be able to see the entire swing. This type of imagery enhances performance as it can be used to imagine what your swing looks like at different stages. For example, imagine looking at your swing specifically approaching impact. You can “stop” the image at any point and learn about how you placed yourself in the correct position. This specific form of imagery directs your attention to the process of hitting the ball on the line, direction, shape, etc. whereas the other type of imagery focuses on the outcome of the swing.

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The third form of imagery is proprioception. This is described as the “felt experience” in your body without moving any portion of it. Imagine addressing the ball for full swing, pitch, chip or putt. Now pay attention to creating the sensation of movement in your arms, shoulders, hips, etc. without actually moving any portion of your body – try to “feel” it. You can work on intensifying the feeling each time you are imagining the experience and focus on one very specific portion of your body’s movement. For example, on a chip shot, feel how flat your wrist is at impact. Each time you are imagining through proprioception your brain is firing to the muscle groups almost exactly as it would in “real time. This develops the brain’s pathways and helps improve performance.

Dottie Pepper, winner of 2 majors and 17 LPGA Tour events, was asked about her use of imagery. She replied,

Dottie Pepper -“I most certainly used imagery as part of my pre-shot routine but it wasn’t just internal imagery for me, and it certainly was not external as I did very little video work ever.

My best tournament results were achieved when I could feel the shot (even more than seeing it) happen before it ever happened. Then it becomes a simple matter of executing a previous sensation.

I also believe the audible part is extremely important … and why a putter change or ball change had to match a similar sound to what I already had and why I did not practice exclusively with a headset on.”

-@womensgolfcom. “Imagine That: 3 Types of Imagery Used by LPGA Tour Players.” Womens Golf. Dr. Nick Molinaro, 26 Sept. 2016. Web. 26 Sept. 2016.

Setup Exercise with Joey D

Golf Setup Position

Coach Joey D illustrates a simple exercise that junior golfers can do to improve their golf setup position without lifting heavy weights. As he states in the jr golf tip video start with a good setup position.  Then place a bar or club (something that is not too heavy) in your hands with your arms spread apart.  Slowly bend your knees and squat down maintaining your form and spine angle.  This will help create more flexibility, more range of motion, while keeping your mind golf specific.

Improve your Golf Posture

If you haven’t already, check out our upcoming camps in November to learn tips like these first hand and improve your golf game in order to reach your goal of playing college golf!!

-“”Golf Channel. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

Junior Golfers: Develop a Post-Shot Routine

Learn How a Post Shot Routine Can Help Improve your Golfing Skills

After most junior golfers hit a shot, they usually take a moment to react to it (often verbally) and either walk away pleased or frustrated. Riding an emotional roller coaster like this can do damage to your confidence. A proper post-shot routine, however, will minimize your emotional reactions and help to prepare you for your next shot.

After you hit a poor shot, first figure out if it happened because of a mental or physical error. Mental errors include being distracted, lacking confidence and never committing to the shot. Physical errors are swing flaws such as bad alignment, an open or shut clubface, poor weight transfer and incorrect swing path.

If your shot happened because of a mental error, remind yourself that you, and only you, are in control of when you make a swing. Don’t swing until you’re ready. If it were a physical error, understand the cause and effect of the shot pattern. If the ball went right, then simply say to yourself, I left the clubface open. Then rehearse the swing you wanted to make. The goal is to walk away from your shot and understand what happened.

The problem many junior golfers suffer from is that they get mad after a poor shot and don’t learn from it. This makes it more likely that the poor shot will be repeated. By making a practice swing after a poor shot, you’ll forget about the shot and shift your focus to the next one.

-@golftipsmag. “Manage Your Game – Golf Tips Magazine.” Golf Tips Magazine. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Sept. 2016.

7 Tips To Earn College Scholarships

College Golf Scholarships and Academic Scholarship Information

What most people don’t realize is the majority of scholarships offered for college golf are not full rides, but are partial scholarships.  This leaves often times quite a bit of money for the student athlete to come up with for tuition, room and board, books, etc.  There are thousands of scholarships available to students every year, but the competition is fierce and finding the right scholarship can be a challenge. Fortunately, there are things you can do to secure the funding you need for tuition, books, and other education expenses. Identifying opportunities you are eligible for and exploring a variety of opportunities can increase your chances of success. You’ll also need to be organized and stay on top of multiple deadlines. Here are 7 tips that will help you earn other scholarships besides specific athletic (golf) scholarships.

1. File a FAFSA. File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as early as possible and make sure you file your application every year. The application is available each January and could help you qualify for certain scholarships. Upon approval, you’ll find out how much free aid you qualify for and what types of scholarships you may be able to qualify for.

2. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope with your applications. When you’re inquiring about scholarship opportunities by mail, include a self-addressed stamped envelope so that the scholarship provider can send you application materials as quickly as possible. Some organizations actually require applicants to send the envelope.

3. Stay organized. Keep track of all application deadlines by using a calendar to mark important dates. Remember that most scholarship requirements include sending letters of recommendation, transcripts, financial records, and other documents. You’ll need to prepare these items several weeks in advance of the due date and take the time to ensure everything is ready to go well before the deadline. Create individual files for each application and get into the habit of tracking your scholarship due dates on a calendar. This will make it easier to submit all application materials well ahead of schedule.

4. Don’t overlook unique opportunities. “You don’t need to be the class valedictorian or star athlete to be eligible for many awards,” said Joe DePaulo, eExecutive Vice President of Sallie Mae, in a November press release. Many organizations offer scholarships that reward unique skill sets or life experiences. C-SPAN, for example, runs a national video documentary competition for students called StudentCam, which gives away $50,000 in scholarships to students and teachers. On a lighter note, Duck Brand Duck Tape runs a “Stuck at Prom” scholarship contest, which challenges students to create prom outfits out of duct tape and then wear them to prom for a chance to win scholarship cash prizes.

5. Read application instructions carefully. Review all of the eligibility requirements of every single scholarship you are applying for so you aren’t wasting your time on an opportunity that isn’t the right fit. Also, many students simply fail to follow directions and their application is discarded almost immediately. Give yourself a competitive advantage by reading the directions carefully and avoid sending something that hasn’t been requested.

6. Make copies of everything you submit. You’ll want to keep a copy of every item you send to the review committee in case someone needs additional documents at some point in the review process. Materials can get lost and it will be your responsibility to make sure the review committee has what they need to make their decision.

7. Increase your chances of success. Almost all scholarship opportunities require at least one to two letters of recommendation. Make sure you select people who can write you a solid letter of recommendation and provide specific details about your work ethic, drive, sense of responsibility, and other positive traits that would support your application. You’ll want to select people who can speak to your strengths and highlight things that make you stand apart from other applicants. Distinguishing facts might include your involvement with local charitable organizations, volunteer projects, or any type of academic success.

-Kirimi, Sabah. “US News.” Wise Bread. N.p., 8 Jan. 2013. Web. 21 Sept. 2016.

9 Ways to Lose Your Golf Scholarship Chances

Brandi Jackson examines the 9 red flags that NCAA college coaches watch out for when selecting college golf scholarship prospects.  These are a few of the things you need to know so that you don’t cost yourself the chance of receiving a college golf scholarship:

(1.) Poor Grades:

For those junior golfers who struggle to keep their grades up in high school, it could be grounds for not receiving a college golf scholarship. Poor grades are a red flag for a college coach that you may lack the time management and discipline needed to play golf in college. College life is more demanding than high school, so, if you struggle in high school with your grades then more likely you will struggle to keep up in college. Even a really strong recruit could get over-looked for another player who has better academics.

(2.) Inappropriate Social Media

This is probably one of the quickest ways to cost yourself a chance to play college golf. Everything you post has the chance to be seen by your future college coach so always be mindful of what you post and what you are being tagged in by your friends. Coaches don’t like to see any indication that you may be partying, using bad language, ungrateful or caught up in drama. Keep it clean!

(3.) Bad on course attitude

Coaches understand that you are going to get frustrated on the course during bad shots, bad holes, and bad rounds, they don’t expect you to always smile and be happy about it. They like to see some fire and competitiveness show, but when it affects your next shot, leads to inappropriate behavior, affects players around you and becomes disrespectful then it could be grounds for them to not want to recruit you.

(4.) Being Ungrateful and Disrespectful

Any signs of disrespect can quickly cost you a college golf scholarship, whether it’s disrespect to your parents, other players, staff or volunteers, if a coach sees it they will quickly change their mind about you. Also, if it ever appears that you are ungrateful for the opportunity to play golf it may lead a coach to no longer want to recruit you. Always show respect and gratitude to others and to the game of golf.

(5.) Dishonesty About Other Offers

Within the recruiting process, never lie about the communication or offers you have with another school. Coaches talk to each other, ALOT! If there is ever a reason for a coach to think you are being dishonest, either on or off the course it will quickly be grounds for taking you off their list. Also, always be aware when you are on the golf course to not break any rules or try to cheat, you never know when a coach may be watching.

(6.) Excessive Parental Involvement

While not necessarily the players fault, overbearing parents increasingly continue to be a top concern for reasons not to make an offer to a player. I get asked this many times as the 3rd or 4th question from a college coach about players. “How are the parents?” So, on the parents side of the equation, if you show too much emotion on the course, walk off because your son or daughter is playing bad, over coach them before or after the round, get angry with them after the round, speak for them on visits, make excuses for bad grades/poor scores or try to do the recruiting process for the player then you may cost your son or daughter their chance to play golf in college.

(7.) Wheel and Deal a Scholarship

If coaches feel like you are trying to wheel and deal to negotiate scholarship money they may end up revoking their offer. There is some room for negotiating among coaches and offers, especially when you have several to work with, but do it honestly and genuinely, never try to make it about the best deal. They want you to value the scholarship money as a reward, not a right.

(8.) Communication

If a coach emails you or sends a questionnaire and you take weeks sometimes even months to reply, then there is a good chance they have already taken you off their list of potential recruits. The recruiting process can happen in the blink of an eye, if you don’t show a coach your enthusiasm and excitement for receiving their information then it tells them you aren’t very serious about playing for them. They know it may take a few days to respond, sometimes a week, but if you take much longer than that then you may easily be overlooked and passed over by that point. Respond in a timely manner.

(9.) Lack of consideration

Any time a coach (or anybody for that matter) takes the time to contact you and uses their resources for your benefit you owe them the courtesy of a reply. Whether they have sent you an email, come out to watch you play, invited you on a visit, or contacted your coach, take the time to reply back and at least say thank you. Think about how you feel when you try to contact a coach without any kind of response, it’s quite irritating, so try not to be that way back to a coach who has taken the time to contact you.

-Jackson, Brandi. “9 Ways to Lose Your College Golf Scholarship.”Women’ Brandi Jackson, n.d. Web. 20 Sept. 2016.

Improve Bunker Play with JC Deacon (Head Coach University of Florida)

How to Hit a Sand Bunker Shot!

JC Deacon the Head Coach of the University of Florida has a great tip on how to hit a sand bunker shot. Bunker shots are one of the toughest shots for amateur golfers, however once learned correctly they can become a fairly easy and reliable shot.

When it comes to bunker shots, most junior golfers dig too much into the sand or don’t take enough sand and hit it too thin. Golf Coach Deacon illustrates a great way to work on consistently taking the same divot in the bunker every time. As he states in the video you want to simply draw a line in the bunker and practice being able to hit the line in the same spot over and over again.  Without hitting to far in front or too far behind.

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