Juggling golf and academics can be challenging. Check out the tips below for how to be a better student-athlete.
Set goals: You won’t know how to prepare your golf game if you don’t know the goals you want to accomplish. Don’t forget to set goals for your academics as well. This will help you make the most of your time at BGGA.
Stick to your routine: BGGA sets student schedules to balance academics, golf, fitness, etc. It’s up to the student to then manage their downtime between taking care of themselves, doing homework and having fun with friends. Sticking to a routine will keep you organized and help you to remember all the different areas with which you need to keep up.
Make academics a priority: To get into the college of your dreams, you’re going to have to have good grades and test scores. Universities look at much more than your golf scores.
Get at least eight hours of sleep a day: A lack of adequate sleep will cause you to lack energy and not be able to give your best to school or golf. If you stick to a routine, finding a way to get eight hours of sleep a night should be easy.
Eat a balanced diet: Don’t let what you’re putting in your body as fuel weigh you down. The food you take in has a definite impact on your energy level and ability to keep up with all that is required of you as a student-athlete. This also means not skipping meals.
Take advantage of travel time: Whether you’re flying or driving to your next golf tournament, take advantage of the down time during your travels. Use that time to keep up with your school work or prepare for SAT/ACT testing.
Use your coaches: BGGA coaches and staff will always be there for you. Don’t hesitate to ask them questions or get their guidance. They probably were in a similar situation to you when they were young. They also can hold you accountable for your goals and actions if you’re open and honest with them about your struggles and where you may need assistance.
Always give your all: It seems simple, but put in your best effort every day. Be ready to practice and play during the hours set aside for golf. You’re preparing yourself for college golf and beyond, so make the most of the time and attention you’re given at BGGA.