Prepare Yourself Young Golfer; You’ll Want To Hear This!

September 28, 2011
by Justin

Golf recruiting is a highly selective, and competitive process. However, with each season comes a new wave of recruiters just waiting to single out that one spark of talent that lies in wait. According to the AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) golf scholarships are offered to many young elite golfers aspiring to head into the college arena of competition. However, not to confuse anyone about association, the AJGA is in no way associated with the NCAA. The AJGA is an association “dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college scholarships through competitive junior golf”.


High schoolers are not the only AJGA members. Many AJGA members attend college and are in college due to their athletic scholarship. Although not associated with the NCAA, the AJGA does fall under the rules of the NCAA. So, AJGA members are not exempt from NCAA rules and regulations. However, we came to talk about recruiting, and the process of attaining a college scholarship. Well division rules are broken down so golfers can easily follow them and understand.


Even though all division recruiting rules can be found in the NCAA guidelines, here are some things that young golfers should all be aware of. Many student athletes believe that recruiting starts when you are a junior or senior in high school. Unfortunately that is incorrect. Starting in the 9th grade, according to the AJGA, you become a “prospective student-athlete”. Furthermore, a young golfer becomes a prospective junior athlete, when any college, or recruiter contacts you regarding your golf experience. Recruiters usually become even more interested when they schedule an official visit, place more than one telephone call, and most assuredly when a recruiter or booster comes to visit your family member at any other place than the prospective college campus.


Here is something that can disqualify you from recruitment. First off, you or your family, like mine, might have some friends in the alumni, booster club, or even a campus representative. However, due to AJGA rules, “no alumni, boosters, or representatives of a college’s athletics interests can be involved in your recruitment”. It shows extreme partiality to the individual regardless of the talent they exude. Back to the family issue, and the subject of preferential treatment. It is not ok to take cash transactions for the acceptance of a student. Furthermore, it is not ok for the student or family to accept any benefits, incentives, gifts, loans, or anything that may behoove a student athlete to sign a contract or National Letter of Intent to attend a college of sports interest. These aspects of recruitment may seem greedy, but it deprives the ingenuity of a student athlete to progress naturally in a campus environment, and play on the team of his/her choosing. So it is to you and/or your student athlete to find it necessary to ignore or report any letters from coaches, faculty members and students until Sept. 1st of the student athletes’ junior year.


Recruitment is a highly delicate process simply because you young golfers are delicate and precious. Your talent, your time, and yourselves must be respected and not bought off. It is paramount that as a young golfer, you value the integrity of the sport you play, and honor the rules of the NCAA because they work to your benefit, and not your detriment. After Sept 1st, parents and the student athlete may call the coaches once a week. Relationships are not what the AJGA is discouraging, it is simply bribery. Colleges shouldn’t have to buy you. You, as a young student athlete golfer, should have the liberty to choose the college that you want, and the team that you feel apart of.


Now, back to the concept of student-athlete to coach relationships. Golfers, it is good to build trust and report with your coaches. Get to know them. See how they are going to help you value and win golf tournaments. College coaches may contact young golfers in person, off the college campus no more than three times on or after July 1st of your junior year. Don’t be sly either. Any time that you come face to face, or over the phone where the only exchange is a “hello”, it’s a contact. Furthermore, any time that there is a face-to-face meeting that is prearranged or that occurs at your high school, competition, or even at a time of your golf practice, it’s still considered a contact. Conversation is not needed in order for a contact to be transacted. They simply need to witness your talent, and it’s an interview.


Did I fill your mind with enough details? Well I hope so, and I hope that you glean from this, the fact that you are talented. If you’re a parent of a young golfer, I hope you are inspired to help your young student-athlete make the wise choices when selecting their schools. I will talk more, next time about college scholarships, and the benefits you young golfers can glean from them. Look for the next article on Golf Recruiting, and I’ll keep you up to date here on

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