Friday, June 24, 2011

Gentlemen Only Ladies Forbidden?? Why that Stereotype Needs to be Broken

Do you have daughters, nieces, or grandchildren? They may be your little girl now, but as soon as you blink they will be packing the car for college. Have you thought how you would finance their adventure into adulthood? Most parents hope their children will get scholarships and yet very few receive enough scholarship money to pay for their entire 4 year college degree. Parents usually end up going into debt or students start out their adult life upside down. They have debt before they even have a job! What if I told you that there is a way for your daughter to go to college on a scholarship that is quite fun and easy!? You would think I was trying to sell you something. Well, I am not trying to sell you anything and what I am about to tell you is absolutely the truth. So listen up. Every year 30% of golf scholarships for girls go unclaimed. That is a lot of money. If you can get the female in your family to learn basic fundamentals, she can get a golf scholarship. She doesn't even have to be that good. If she can shoot in the 80s or 90s she can still quite easily get a scholarship. The reason that the scholarships go unclaimed is that girls just aren't playing golf. There has been a movement toward feminizing golf which has definitely helped increase interest. Paula Creamer is a great example of this. She has done much to show that golf is a girl's game too. Even if the girl in your family is in high school, it is never too late to start. I am teaching a senior right now. She has picked up the fundamentals very quickly and will most likely be getting a scholarship. The earlier you start the better. If your school does not have a golf team, visit your local course and see about getting involved in local junior leagues. Courses usually provide junior clinics and private lessons. Also, it is a great idea (and more economical) to do a group lesson for children. Have all of your children take a lesson together or get with some friends who want their kids to take lessons as well. One thing to remember is that just because a lesson is pricier does not mean it is better. I have had customers go hundreds of miles away and pay hundreds of dollars for one lesson and not learn a thing. Then they come to me, I give them a lesson, and they tell me that they learned more from me in one lesson than they did in the weeks they were under the other instructor and saved a lot of money in the process! That is not to say that the instructor is not a good one, but he or she may not communicate how you need them to. You need to find an instructor that you or your children understand. That is what is most important, not price. There is a reasonable balance between the two. Not only is learning golf a great way for a girl to get scholarships, it is also a great way to spend family time. My wife and I like to golf with our daughters on a regular basis. We have had some great conversations as we walk the course. It is a great way to build bonds. I encourage you to get excited about golf and work to get your family excited as well. Find a PGA professional at a course in your area to help get the girl in your family on her way to claiming one of those scholarships. If you are in the Atlanta area I would be glad to consult with you. Call 770-786-3801 ext. 3    If you  need a referral for another area, I can provide that too. Happy golfing!

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