Why did you choose to pursue the US College pathway over other potential pathway options?
I found the concept of pursuing elite golf while obtaining a university degree very attractive. Furthermore, I was exposed to the At the time I thought it was the best option for me. School and studying were still very important to me and college provided the opportunity to do both. I was able to play golf and come away with a University degree. The competition across the country was at a very high level and I was exposed to some amazing golf courses and competitors which helped in the development of my golf game.
How were you recruited (Contacted directly by US Coaches, did my own recruiting, utilised a Recruitment Agency)?
I started doing some research on my own and then I used a private recruiter who helped me with the process.
What were your greatest memories of being a Student/Athlete at US College?
I have many amazing memories but the best two highlights were: winning my first College tournament and our team qualifying for the National Championship in 2013 after a 19-year drought.
What were some of the challenges you faced during your time at US College? How did you overcome these challenges?
One of the hardest things was having consistent communication with my coach back home. The timing was really hard and if I wanted to work on my swing there and then – it was too late in the night in Australia. You also have access to a huge support system at college so it’s important that everyone is on the same page for what is going to be best for your and the development of your game.
How did US College prepare you for your career?
As a student-athlete college teaches you how to juggle many aspects of your life, which propels you into having great time management skills. It prepared me for my career as a professional golfer by teaching me how to be effective with my time, smart with my priorities, and being organised with admin and scheduling. It also gave me a greater understanding of work/life balance when it came to studying, practice and social life whilst being independent. You use these skills in everyday life.
What advice/tips/recommendations would you provide to anybody considering going to US College?
Keep constant communication with the coaches. Keep them updated on your progress and your interest in the college. You can email coaches earlier than the certain NCAA compliance time, as long as you make the initial contact. Sending an email is always a great way to start. Reach out and express your interest.
Talk to anyone you know who is already over there and ask them lots of questions. It’s always great to have different insights.
What (if any) are the common traps/pitfalls/mistakes people make in the recruitment process or when selecting to pursue the US College Pathway as their desired option?
I was the assistant coach at Campbell for a year after I graduated and the one thing that I saw a lot that coaches frowned upon was athletes sending in pages and pages of information on their resumes. Less is more!!! Make yourself an effective and eye-catching ONE-PAGE resume and then attach the supporting information. You want to have something unique that will catch the eye of the coach and entice them into reading further.