Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?
We look for demonstrated skill and ability in golf, along with ceiling or high-end potential. We look for demonstrated academic commitment and success. We also look for social interaction and leadership qualities. A sense of humility, perspective and appreciation is important. A competitive personality and an athletic mindset are valued traits as well. Ideally, our student-athletes will come to us well rounded, very dedicated to their sport with a passion to become as good as they can at golf and in the classroom.
Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?
Players that have exceeded expectations have put in effort and hours well beyond what is required or even expected by the coaching staff. It tends to hold true in golf that the best players will always find a way to practice above and beyond the 20 hours per week maximums set forth by the NCAA, while the weakest players will always have an excuse as to why they can’t be practicing. It is very hard in this sport to succeed without putting in the work. Anyone who has exceeded expectations on the course has really gotten out of it what they put into their craft.