We know college is important to you, which is why it is important to us too. BGGA College Planning & Placement has decades of experience finding the right college for students.
BGGA College Planning & Placement works with all Academy students to create an individualized roadmap to reach their goal of studying and playing golf at the collegiate level. This is accomplished through college planning, athletic recruiting, SAT/ACT/TOEFL registration, academic support and NCAA compliance education.
Preparation needs to start early and there is a process to follow. Every student is unique in terms of his or her strengths and weaknesses and to what degree they have engaged in the recruiting process to date. For the purposes of this post however, we are sharing the “optimal” college placement timeline. Some top players are recruited prior to entering high school, but for most, you become a “Prospective Student-Athlete” (PSA) in your freshman year of high school, which is where our timeline begins.
Freshman Year of High School
- Create a resume and establish a ranking in junior golf in the U.S. by playing in multi-day tournaments. This is how you start to build your profile.
- Understand how the various rankings work (Junior Golf Scoreboard, Golfweek, AJGA, etc.) as this will factor in your tournament schedule.
- Begin your research on colleges and admissions requirements.
- Understand what it takes to play on the teams you are targeting, and be aware that coaches are typically looking for their top-3 players.
- Keep up academically by taking the core courses required by the NCAA.
- Maintain a high GPA and figure out a plan for the next three years in regard to academics.
- Build good study and practice habits.
Sophomore Year of High School
- Continue to make academics a priority and maintain your GPA.
- Participate in school activities.
- Keep building your list of potential colleges.
- Play consistently in tournaments and at the highest level possible to improve rankings.
- Update your golf and academic resumes.
- Register with the NCAA eligibility center.
- Start contacting coaches when appropriate. Although they cannot respond at this time, they can send you an introductory e-mail with a questionnaire, which should be completed and submitted within one week.
- Call coaches as they are permitted to speak with you if they answer when you call. Keep in mind that they are not allowed to call you back if they don’t answer, so keep trying to reach them.
- Take preparatory/practice tests for SAT and ACT.
- Although unofficial visits where you meet with the coach on campus are no longer permitted until your junior year, visit some campuses with your family to get a feel for your likes and dislikes.
Junior Year of High School
- Refine your college list by looking at team rosters to note how many players are leaving the year you enter and note their scoring averages.
- Continue to update your golf and academic resumes and send them to coaches.
- Try to arrange to speak to coaches on the phone so you get to know them and build a relationship.
- Take standardized test prep courses and register to take the SAT and ACT in the fall of your junior year.
- Take the TOEFL if required.
- Start making unofficial and/or official visits to colleges as official visits are now permitted in your junior year.
Senior Year of High School
- If you haven’t taken the SAT or ACT this should be a priority. You can retake them if you need to improve your score.
- Have your transcripts sent to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Upload your test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center.
- Complete the amateurism certification process.
- Continue to compete in tournaments.
- Try to narrow your list of potential colleges down to those that are a “best-fit” for you.
- Continue to make unofficial visits or official visits if asked by the coach.
- Evaluate offers and decide on the best option for you!
- Sign a “National Letter of Intent” (NLI) if in NCAA D1 or D2 (signing period begins in mid-November of your senior year).