Achievement Goals for Your Junior Golfer Academic Targets

Your Junior Golfer has two types of Achievement Goals. In this posting we will address the Academic Targets, he or she should aim for.


Academic targets come first because “no pass no play” is a reality, at least here in Texas for high school, and nationwide in college. The same study habits that result in good grades can be correlated to good golf practice habits that result in lower scores.

Stating academic targets properly is extremely important! Always state them in a positive phrasing: “Do this for the desired outcome.” Avoid stating things in a negative or “do not do this” manner at all costs. Make this a habit. So be positive and have a target in the sentence.

What are some academic targets:

1. Be in the top 20% of their class.
2. Meet/exceed the minimum SAT scores for colleges of choice.
3. Be scholastically eligible every grading period.

Academically the most important things are to have the highest GPA possible, make acceptable (to your Junior Golfer’s colleges of choice) SAT scores and be eligible every grading period. The first two items are absolute necessities and the third is a positive tie-breaker for your Junior Golfer.

These three items are tied together so good study habits help with all academic situations. Remember that you are a team, Mom and Dad or Mom or Dad and your Junior Golfer. As your kiddo starts moving from junior high to high school, you want to put more academic accountability on them.

For the younger Junior Golfers in elementary school, encourage them to pay attention in class, study hard and be a good example to their friends.

For the older kids, these seem to work:

1. Check their schedules with them for due dates, project dates, test
dates, etc. Always turn everything in on time.
2. Be an extra-credit hound… ask every teacher what is open for
extra credit…and take advantage of all extra credit opportunities.
3. Develop a relationship with the teacher. This can be very helpful!
4. Know where tutoring is available and use it.
5. Have structure at home to help accommodate your Junior Golfer’s
6. Just be there for them. Be an encourager.

Sam III, S3, began independent-transitioning (taking on more responsibility and personal accountability)entering into Middle School. In his sophomore year of high school, he started keeping his own weekly calendar, which included all activities plus school classroom assignments, tests, golf practices, tournaments, church,etc. We would do a Sunday evening review of his next week’s calendar together. This kept us in the loop and helped keep S3 sharp as well. It’s tough for some parents to let go, but we must so our kids can start growing into the young men and women they are destined to become.

Now, let’s put academics in perspective. If your Junior Golfer desires to play college golf, they must register at the NCAA Eligibility Center ( preferably during the summer before their junior year in high school. One of the first questions every college coach will ask your Junior Golfer is “What is your NCAA number?”, meaning your Eligibility Center number. You pay a one-time registration fee and then request your high school counselor send your Junior Golfer’s GPA, SAT scores ,etc to the EC, which is the source college coaches use to verify your kiddo’s academic statistics.

Please remember and reinforce with your Junior Golfer that better GPA’s and SAT scores, give them more options for college golf. So let’s go find some extra credit!!

See you on #1 tee, Sam

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