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What is the complete golfer?

The complete golfer is a player who maximizes their current skills and fundamentals to their fullest potential. They learn how to practice efficiently, develop short game creativity, manage their way around the course, minimize their mistakes and remain mentally tough. Proper technique with a golf swing is only one of the many elements of a successful golfer. If you ask a college coach what most junior golfers lack when they arrive on campus, the response tends to center around short game, work ethic, on course management and mental toughness. It is rarely skill and technique level. Learning to become the complete golfer takes self discipline, hard work and accountability. You will learn how to make each practice session, whether on the practice facility or on the course, have a purpose and a goal. It will allow you to see results and progress, which enables you to build confidence through your practice sessions not just through tournament play. Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone and become a complete golfer!

 

 

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What does it take to earn a scholarship?

What does it take to earn a scholarship?

On average, if you can shoot in the 90s you will have some opportunities to play on a college team. This will typically be at a smaller school and only academic scholarship money. If you can consistently shoot in the 80s you will open up more opportunities for some athletic scholarship money. To play at a D1 school and earn athletic scholarship money you should be consistently shooting under 80 in state, regional and national tournaments. Occasionally they are exceptions to these standards, which is why it is so important to understand that if you work hard not only on your game and in the classroom but also on the recruiting process you will give yourself more options. Check out the Women’s College Recruiting Breakdown for more specifics on the standards at each division level.

 

How many scholarships are available for girls?

D1

6

D2

5.4

NAIA

5

JC

8

Keep in mind these numbers are the max scholarships that a program is allowed to have at any given time. Some programs, even D1, are not fully funded. Typically a women’s team has a minimum of 8 or 9 girls on the team. Full athletic scholarships are rare even for females. At a D1 fully funded program, coaches will tend to give the majority of their money to the top 5 or 6 players, 2 or 3 of those players may have full rides. The remaining players will receive what is left.

 

What does a “full” scholarship include?

To earn what it considered a “full” scholarship is rare, even for females. According the NCAA, a “full” scholarship includes aid that covers tuition, room and board and books.

Tuition ($7500) + Room/Board ($4000) + Books ($500) = $12,000 Total Cost (Full Scholarship)

Some coaches may consider a “full” to only include tuition. Others may consider tuition plus room/board to be “full”. Also some coaches do their scholarships in terms of dollars, others with percentages. Just remember that by NCAA definition a “full scholarship” includes aid for all cost of education to attend an institution.

 

How are scholarships divided on a team?

Below is a chart for dividing 6 full scholarships at a D1 women’s program by percentages and by dollar amounts. This is only for athletic scholarships; it does not include academic aid or need based aid.

$12,000 Total cost of education = $72,000 recruiting budget for a fully funded D1 women’s program

 

  Percentage Dollar Amount
Player 1

100%

$12,000

Player 2

100%

$12,000

Player 3

100%

$12,000

Player 4

90%

$10,800

Player 5

80%

$9,600

Player 6

60%

$7,200

Player 7

40%

$4,800

Player 8

30%

$3,600

 

600%

$72,000

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Women’s College Recruiting Breakdown

Many coaches have a particular range of tournament averages, handicaps and strength of schedule that they look for when identifying potential recruits. While this is not an exact science the chart below breaks down those averages, stats and tournaments for each division level to give you an idea of what it takes to compete at that level.  This is a great starting point for creating your list of schools where you fit athletically. You can use www.golfstat.com to then find schools that fall into each of these categories.

 

Top DI – Max of 6 scholarships per program
  • Handicap: 2 or below
  • Tournament average: 76 or below
  • 6000+ yardage in tournaments
  • Top 10 finishes in regional/national tournaments (AJGA, IJGT, FCWT, USGA, PKBGT and other top national tournaments)
  • Top 5 finishes in state tourneys
Low DI – Max of 6 scholarships per program
  • Handicap: 4 or below
  • Tournament average: 78 or below
  • 6000+ yardage in tournaments
  • Top 20 finishes in regional/national tournaments (AJGA, IJGT, FCWT, USGA, PKBGT and top national tournaments)
  • Top 10 finishes in state tourneys
Top DII – Max of 4.5 scholarships per program
  • Handicap: 6 or below
  • Tournament average: 82 or below
  • 5900+ yardage in tournaments
  • Top 30 finishes in regional/national tournaments (AJGA, IJGT, FCWT, USGA, PKBGT and top national tournaments)
  • Top 15 finishes in state tourneys
Low DII – Max of 4.5 scholarships per program
  • Handicap: 8 or below
  • Tournament average: 86 or below
  • 5900+ yardage in tournaments
  • Top 40 finishes in regional/national tournaments (AJGA, IJGT, FCWT, USGA, PKBGT and national tournaments)
  • Top 30 finishes in local and state tourneys
Top DIII – Only academic scholarships
  • Handicap: 13 or below
  • Tournament average: 87 or below
  • 5700+ yardage in tournaments
  • Competes in regional/national tournaments (AJGA, IJGT, FCWT, USGA, PKBGT and national tournaments
  • Top 20 finishes in local and state tourneys
Low DIII – Only academic scholarships
  • Handicap: 15 or below
  • Tournament average: 95 or below
  • 5600+ yardage in tournaments
  • Competes in local and state tourneys
Top NAIA - Max of 5 scholarships per program
  • Handicap: 12 or below
  • Tournament average: 85 or below
  • 5700+ yardage in tournaments
  • Competes in regional/national tournaments (AJGA, IJGT, FCWT, USGA, PKBGT and national tournaments)
  • Top 20 finishes in local and state tourneys
Low NAIA – Max of 5 scholarships per program
  • Handicap: 14 or below
  • Tournament average: 95 or below
  • 5600+ yardage in tournaments
  • Competes in local and state tourneys
JuCo – Max of 8 scholarships per program
  • Women’s JuCo is a great opportunity for a female is still developing her game or got behind in the recruiting process but has aspirations of playing at a DI or DII school. There are some very competitive teams who compete against 4 year schools.

Note: In colder climates the averages and handicaps that coaches are looking for can be slightly higher depending on the strength of the individual program.

Note: There are some DIII and NAIA programs that have spots available for higher averages and handicaps with not as much tournament experience.

Note: Some of the strongest DII, DIII and NAIA programs will require DI stats and level of experience.

Note: These numbers are based off 3 years of feedback from college coaches as well as tracking the stats of players who have gone on to compete at each given level.

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Legacy Wins 4A SCHS State Title

sydney_legacyLEXINGTON, SC — OCTOBER 31, 2012
At the Country Club of Lexington on Tuesday, the wind did not let up and neither did Sydney Legacy at her home course.

Legacy was the tournament’s individual medalist with an 36-hole score of 144. She sealed the win with a second-round 73, parring every hole but the par-4 third. South Aiken’s Taylor Dodson placed second in the state with a 145.

“It felt awesome,” Legacy said.

Her team also took the title. Lexington extended its first-round lead, shooting 302 to top Spartanburg by 43 strokes and reclaim the Class 4A girls golf title.

“We’re just excited to get a win again,” said sophomore Lauren Stephenson, who shot a 73, shaving one stroke from her first round total.

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Smith Wins 3A SC State Golf Title

Cayla SmithCONWAY, SC – OCTOBER 24, 2012
Wren junior Cayla Smith carded rounds of 72 and 75, which was good enough for 3-over par, to win the Class AAA individual title at the girls golf state tournament Tuesday at the Hackler Golf Course in Conway.

Smith is Wren’s third consecutive state medalist. Kaitlin Matheson, who is now playing for the University of South Carolina, won the AAAA crown in 2010 and Maegan Higgins, who is at Wofford this year, won it in 2011.

She carried a one-shot lead into the 17th hole of the last round and held off Annika Bovender of Academic Magnet.

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Bae Wins 4A NCHS State Title

Sarah BaePINEHURST, NC – OCTOBER 30, 2012 Tears again came to Sarah Bae’s eyes as she walked off the 18th green at Pinehurst No. 6 Golf Course Tuesday. But these were different tears from last year, when the Athens Drive golfer finished third individually at the 4A girls’ golf state championships only to realize later that her performance was enough to help capture a team title.

These were tears of happiness, gratitude and the sweet relief of a finally grabbing the girls golf championship that had been her goal since her freshman year.

Bae sank a 21-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole to defeat New Bern’s Ashley Osiecki. The only qualifier from her school, Bae had no teammates to celebrate with this year, but her friends from conference schools like Fuquay-Varina, Middle Creek, Green Hope and Lee County rooted her on and were the first to hug her as she stepped off the green.

The senior, committed to play at High Point next year, shot a 74 on the second day for a 152 two-day total. She and Osiecki played the 18th hole twice in the playoff, both shooting par on the first playoff hole to force a second.

“My putting had been off all week. Somehow in the last playoff hole it went in,” Bae said. “I was so grateful to have people to support me.”

Bae is going out a winner, and so is her coach. Tony Alcon, who started Athens Drive’s girls golf program 11 years ago, is retiring from teaching after 30 years. His teams won the 2008, 2009 and 2011 4A championships, and Bae joins Katherine Perry (2009) as the program’s two individual champs.

The Jaguars were also runners-up for the team title in 2010.

Osiecki teed off first in the first playoff hole at the par-4 18th, sending her shot into the left side fairway bunker. Bae’s pulled up just short of the right side bunker.

But Osiecki powered her second shot out of the bunker, landed on the green and rolled within 15 feet from the cup. The pressure was on Bae, who put her next shot 25 feet away from the hole on the green. Both girls two-putted, and they played No. 18 again.

The second playoff hole was a near repeat. After their tee shots, Osiecki was in the left side fairway bunker and Bae was in the middle of the fairway. Osiecki turned again again to her hybrid and lifted a line drive that took a few bounces and rolled on the green 145 yards away.

“It kept some pressure on me,” Bae said. “She’s really competitive and it was incredible how she hit those shots twice.”

Alcon walked over to Bae and murmured the last advice he’ll give as a high school coach.

“He told me ‘Play the middle,’” said Bae.

And she struck it dead-center at the pin, giving her a 21-foot putt compared to Osiecki’s 30-footer. Bae’s putt broke left to right, crawling its way over the last few feet and dropping in.

In her four years, Bae has finished second, sixth, third and first in the state.

“She didn’t need a whole lot of help,” Alcon said. “Keeping her positive was the main thing… Nobody pratices like she practices. She is 120 percent devoted to the game.”

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Simmons Wins 3A NCHS State Title

Tara SimmonsSOUTHERN PINES — OCTOBER 30, 2012
Tara Simmons of Pikeville Charles B. Aycock won her second consecutive individual state title on Tuesday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s state 3-A women’s golf championships at the Longleaf Golf and Country Club.

Simmons was one shot back entering the final day of play, but her consistent 77-77–154 under difficult playing conditions gave her the title by four shots. Chandler Danielson of West Henderson was second with a 158 total, and first-day leader Ashley Sloup of South Brunswick had an 83 in the final round for 159.

The championship layout was a par 71 and 5,770 yards.

Ledford, the defending 3-A team champion, made it two in a row with a 251 team total on Tuesday for a 506, 12 shots ahead of the field. Ledford had opened a nine-shot lead after the first day. West Henderson was second with a 518 total and then Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons was well back in third at 539.

The best three scores of a team counted toward the team totals, and a total of 12 teams and 78 golfers are competing in the event, the 10th year that the sport has been classified. It was the second time that three separate championships have been held and the 32nd year for state championship competition in the sport.

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Hirai, Rice win One-Day Open Series @ Spring Valley CC

On Thursday, June 21, the 2012 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the One-Day Open Series @ Spring Valley CC. Spring Valley CC, site of the 2012 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship Sectional Qualifier, proved a challenging course for this one-day event. The event featured a field of 27 players from the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour, the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour with over 400 members and 94 alumni in the collegiate ranks.

In the Bell Division, Reona Hirai (Summerville, SC 2014) carded one over par with a score of 73 to win the tournament. When asked about her first win on the PKB Tour this season, Hirai responded, “Today’s round was good practice for the sectional qualifier on Monday.” Kelsey Badmaev (Blythewood, SC 2013) carded four over par with a score of 76 to place second and Chandler Danielson (Etowah, NC 2014) carded eight par with a score of 80 to place third.

In the Futures Division, Callista Rice (Mars Hill, NC 2017) carded three over par with a score of 75 to win the tournament. When asked about her win second win on the PKB Tour this season, Rice responded, “Feels really great. I’m so glad to play against such great competition on the PKB Tour.” Katie Turk (Blacksburg, VA 2015) carded 13 over par with a score of 85 to place second and Nina Kouchi (Matthews, NC 2018) carded carded 13 over par with a score of 85 to place third.

PKBGT returns Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1 with the Bash at the Bay @ Kingsmill Resort (River/Woods) in Williamsburg, VA. It should be an exciting & challenging event.

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is an initiative of the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation aimed at increasing learning and playing opportunities for youth golfers. Based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, the PKBGT offers low cost, nationally ranked girls’ golf tournaments designed to prepare junior girls’ golfers for high school and collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at mparker@pkbgt.org or 336-347-8537.

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Polo, Hearp lead after round 1 of PKBGT MASTERS

On Saturday, April 14, the 2012 Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour played the first round of the PKBGT MASTERS @ Salem Glen Golf & CC. Salem Glen Golf & CC proved a challenging course for round one of this two day event. The event features a field of 84 players from the PKB Girls’ Golf Tour, the nation’s largest “girls’ only” junior tour with over 400 members and 94 alumni in the collegiate ranks.

The Bell Division field features 56 players highlighted by eight of the top 10 players on the 2012 PKBGT Order of Merit lists. After round 1, Lucia Polo (Greensboro, NC 2013) is leading the field by 1 stroke at 1 under par with a score of 70. Not far behind Polo is Sarah Bae (Raleigh, NC 2013) and Mary-Katelyn Holanek (Cary, NC 2012) at even par with a scores of 71 each.  There are six other girls in the Bell Division that are within five strokes of the leader.  Round two should be a close fight to find out who will be golden.

The Futures Division field features 28 players highlighted by eight of the top 10 players of the 2012 PKBGT Order of Merit lists.  After round 1, Kristin Hearp (Salem, VA 2016) is leading the field by 2 strokes at even par with a score of 71. Not far behind Hearp is Gina Kim (Chapel Hill, NC 2018) at 2 over par with a score of 73 and Naomi Mitchell (Norfolk, VA 2018) at six over par with a score of 77.

Weather for Sunday will be sunny with temperatures in the low 80s.  Looks like great weather for shooting low scores and an excellent day to conclude this two day major tournament.

The PKBGT MASTERS is the first major of the year, bringing together the top players in the Southeast & Mid-Atlantic. The final round should be exciting and we will finally find out… who will be golden?

The Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour is an initiative of the Triad Youth Golf Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation aimed at increasing learning and playing opportunities for youth golfers. Based out of Greensboro, North Carolina, the PKBGT offers low cost, nationally ranked girls’ golf tournaments designed to prepare junior girls’ golfers for high school and collegiate golf. Learn more about the tour at pkbgt.org or by contacting Tour Director Mike Parker at mparker@pkbgt.org or 336-347-8537.