Having the right tools by Rebecca Butler, College Golf Camps, Camp Director. This former LSU Tiger knows what it takes at the next level.
As a former junior and collegiate competitive golfer I can smile as I reminisce and reflect back on some memorable experiences. Playing top ranked golf courses, flying in private planes, golf tournaments in Hawaii and Puerto Rico, enough gear that I still have a closet full of logoed goodies, and friendships that will last a lifetime. How was I able to play on a top ten ranked college team, travel the country with my teammates, and build lifelong relationships? For me it was having all the “right tools in my toolbox.”
I will say first and foremost, I absolutely did not do this on my own, but with the help of extremely supportive parents. I started to build my toolbox at the age of three with traditional golf clinics, as I progressed so did my instruction to private lessons and individualized practice plans. As I grew older my goals (supported by my parents and family) was to have success on every level – local, regional and national events. If I wasn’t ready to move to the next level, I didn’t.
I had the instruction and access to competition, which pushed me to work hard to improve my game and progress as a competitive golfer. Even with success on the course, I was determined to do anything I could to get noticed. So I addressed envelopes and included my golf resume and letter to coaches, my parents would mail them for me, and again I was building my toolbox.
Every junior golfer is different and their path to collegiate golf will reflect their successes on and off the course. As a junior golfer, parent or supporter it is important to have access to the tools needed in navigating the road to college golf.
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