This past February many Northeast Section LPGA T&CP professionals attended the Fourth Annual MAPGA (Mid Atlantic PGA) College Golf Seminar at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. The goal of the College Golf Seminar is to educate golf professionals, parents and juniors on college golf opportunities at various playing levels.
The panel of experts at the seminar included the following collegiate golf coaches: Matt Ball, Virginia Commonwealth University, Rob Ferguson, Marymount University, Jay Hardwick, Virginia Tech, Scott Moyer, McDaniel College, Pat Owen, US Naval Academy, Kate Schanuel and Brian Yaniger, Towson University, Scott Singhass, Shenandoah University, and LeRoy Williams, Bridgewater College.
Then, the seminar broke out into three smaller sessions: How do I Choose the Right School for Me, Scholarship 101 and How do I Get the Attention of Coaches.
In the How do I Get the Attention of Coaches session, the coaches agreed that juniors should always play in their state junior championship. College coaches are also looking at multi-day tournament results.
In Scholarship 101, the Division III coaches explained there are no athletic scholarships. Rather, players are awarded Academic scholarships and Grant money. Many times, the academic scholarship and grant money can equal what is offered at Division I schools.
Jay Hardwick of Virginia Tech showed us what a typical student athlete day and a typical tournament competition week is like in How do I Choose the Right School for Me.
Above is just a brief overview of what was covered that day. Below, see what a couple of our members had to say about the MAPGA College Golf Seminar:
Linda Gaudi, LPGA/PGA Director of Instruction at CC at Fairfax said “I never miss an opportunity to attend the College Golf Seminar. Each year, I bring a couple of students. The information shared is vital and gives a true understanding of the process needed to play college golf at any level. Due to the MAPGA College Golf Seminar, I added a feature to my coaching programs helping my students with a pathway to playing college golf.”
Liz Cooper, LPGA/PGA Director of Player Development at Army Navy CC said “The College Golf Seminar is an eye opening glimpse into what it takes to play competitive golf in college. I would encourage all golf professionals who work with juniors to attend this event as it provides the unique opportunity to interact with coaches from Division I to Division III. I think, most importantly, I walked away with a network of college coaches that I can reach out to with any questions I have in the future.
MAPGA will again host the College Golf Seminar in 2018 at Congressional Country Club in Maryland.
Liz Gentile, Secretary, NE LPGA T&CP