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As a junior golfer, you may have some questions about your options leading up to your college golf career. Below is a list of things that will help you get started.
PING American College Golf Guide
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. The talent levels among college golfers span the spectrum. The best players frequently post sub-par rounds; however, there are thousands of men playing on college golf teams whose average score is in the 80s or higher and thousands of women playing college golf who shoot in the 90’s or 100’s.
GOLFSTAT Prep Report
Interested in playing golf at the collegiate level?, GOLFSTAT’ is a great resource into college golf. The 2016 Prep Report will provide useful information about each university’s rating by division; tournament results and individual scoring. Determine which school is best for you!
Any visit to a college campus by a college-bound student-athlete or his or her parents paid for by the college is an official visit. Visits paid for by college-bound student-athletes or their parents are unofficial visits. During an official visit the college can pay for transportation to and from the college for the prospect, lodging and three meals per day for both the prospect and the parent or guardian, as well as reasonable entertainment expenses including three tickets to a home sports event. The only expenses a college-bound student-athlete may receive from a college during an unofficial visit are three tickets to a home sports event.
This phrase is used to describe a college-bound student-athlete’s commitment to a school before he or she signs (or is able to sign) a National Letter of Intent. A college-bound student-athlete can announce a verbal commitment at any time. While verbal commitments have become very popular for both college-bound student-athletes and coaches, this “commitment” is NOT binding on either the college-bound student-athlete or the college or university. Only the signing of the National Letter of Intent accompanied by a financial aid agreement is binding on both parties.
Any visit to a college campus by you and your parents paid for by the college. The college may pay all or some of the following expenses:
• Your transportation to and from the college
• Room and meals (three per day) while you are visiting the college
• Reasonable entertainment expenses, including three complimentary admissions to a home athletics contest.
Junior golf athletes must play in junior tour events to continue to improve their game during the off season from school related tournaments. These golfers have a far greater chance in playing college golf and beyond.