Squeal! I couldn’t be more excited to share this with you. On occasion, I will mention golf or post about it, but this time...I’m going all out!
Some of you know me very well and others not as well as I’d like. In the virtual space, it’s important to be transparent about who you are and what you’re about. It builds trust and really helps you to know who you’re connected with beneath the surface.
In case you didn’t know, I’m a sports fanatic. I love everything sports and everything that goes with it - goals, competition, dedication, etc. But, my very first love is GOLF. I wish I could say it was from the moment I touched a golf club (16 months old). But, I can’t remember that far back. :-)
What I can tell you is that my parents introduced it to me at a very young age. My dad was a big golfer and I think it was just one of those things that as a parent you decide to introduce to your kid. My dad cut down the shaft of an old putter, filed the end and taped it up. They took me out in the yard and I started swinging away!
My earliest memory of really loving golf was when I was 7. I was very fortunate that my parents belonged to a very nice private country club which had a junior golf program. I had already been hitting the links regularly with my parents, but I wanted to “really” play. The only kicker is that I was too young to join. That wasn’t a good enough answer for me. So, with the help of my parents, I petitioned and wrote a letter with the hopes the club would approve it. And...they did.
That was really the start of my story. During my pre-teen and teen years, I started playing in more tournaments, not just at the club. The tournaments were all over the place - local, regional and national. It was at this point, that I realized I didn’t want it to end...not for a long, long time. I loved it so much. "Not ending" wasn’t a goal. That isn’t specific enough. So, I thought, what do I want next? I wanted to play after high school and be a college golfer. The bar I set for myself was high. I wanted to play at a Division 1 program and actually compete and play in every tournament.
From that moment on, I lived and breathed golf. Summers were spent practicing and playing from sun up to sundown. But...there was one missing link to my journey. The HOW.
And...the "HOW" isn’t practicing and playing your heart out. It’s “Megan, HOW are you going to have colleges know who you are? What type of player you are?” Just like finding a new client or a new job...it doesn’t just fall in your lap. No matter how good you are. Usually, it doesn’t happen like that.
So, this was a project that I had to add into the mix. HOW was I going to make this happen?
After my parents and I researched and duediligence, we realized the process can be a huge undertaking. There’s the research of which colleges to look at, what golf programs match my skill level, what degrees do they offer, how close or far away did I want to go? The list goes on and on and on. Not to mention, here in the US, the NCAA has very specific rules that need to be followed so that a player can stay eligible.
I’m happy to say, I successfully made it through that process. I did end up getting a golf scholarship at Southern Illinois University (Go Salukis!) and couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I got to play and compete in nearly every tournament. I earned a degree in Marketing which later opened the door for an opportunity to obtain my MBA. I had great teammates. And was blessed to have a Coach that is a second mom to me.
BUT...the process to get there probably could have been a lot easier had I known what I was doing. And, I was stunned and saddened when I recently read:
“The reality is that hundreds of women’s golf scholarships go unused each year.”
SAY WHAAAA? UNUSED!?!?!?!
Reading this...I knew what my goal was for 2016. It’s simple. Help more junior golfers get college scholarships. For someone to have a love of golf and with how expensive it is to go to college, it would be a crying shame if they lost out on an opportunity and not even know it.
So, here’s what I’ve done.
I’ve put together 3 coaching packages and a private club to help. Because everyone’s experience and goals are different, each package is a little different. The private club is great for both the inexperienced and DIY-er alike.
Because this is a totally new service, I’m offering all the packages at a discounted price until January 31st. Because I will be working one-on-one, the number of spots will be limited.
If you or someone you know has a junior golfer in their life, please do contact me. I promise you, you won’t regret it.