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  • So You Want To Play College Golf?- Part One: Academic Eligibility

    Introduction To Series


    Strength is a character trait that we call upon throughout our entire lives.

    Successful college athletes have the opportunity to build strength that will last them a lifetime. Physical strength is secondary to the emotional strength-building journey StraightShot athletes will travel. Competing for a team that complements the athlete's personality will build a lifetime of discipline, self-confidence, sportsmanship, responsibility and a healthy competitive spirit.

    It is my purpose as a Master Teaching Professional and my passion to help our children build strength in preparation for life's many challenges.

    It is my goal for all Straightshot athletes to find the right college fit in order to maximize their opportunity for a successful experience. The question is, where do we start?

    This simple guide will be a 7 part series. It is designed to walk your family through the fundamentals of College Recruiting. Academic eligibility, building your athletic profile, contacting coaches, visiting schools, choosing a school, finanical aid, and sigining with your dream school are all topics that will be covered. For more information and to view future post, visit

    Best Regards,

    Betty Baird Kregor

    Master LPGA Teaching Professional


    Part One: Make Sure Your Have Academic Eligibility

    Eligibility is not something to take for granted. Be very cautious when presented with gifts or awards for your golf ability. High School Athletic Associations, NCAA and USGA don't share all of the same rules, so be sure to refer to each of them.

    High GPA and Test Scores

    A good academic record is more important than a good golf record. College coaches are reluctant to select a player that might have trouble staying eligible, so study hard and stay focused. Below are links to the SAT and ACT websites. All college bound high school students should take the SAT and ACT more than once since most students receive higher scores on their second and third attempts. Start taking these tests during your sophomore year, so come recruitment time you will have test scores to include in your resume.

    Click here to check out the SAT website.

    Click here to check out the ACT website.

    Freshmen and Sophomores

    • Start planning now!
    • Work hard to get the best grades possible.
    • Take classes that match your high school’s list of NCAA courses.
    • The Eligibility Center will use only approved core courses to certify your initial eligibility.
    • You can access and print your high school’s list of NCAA courses at
    • If you fall behind, use summer school sessions before graduation to catch up.


    • At the beginning of your junior year, complete your registration at
    • Register to take the ACT, SAT or both and use the Eligibility Center code “9999” as a score recipient. Doing this sends your score directly to the Eligibility Center.
    • Double-check to make sure the courses you have taken match your school’s list of NCAA courses.
    • Ask your high school counselor to send an official transcript to the Eligibility Center after completing your junior year. If you have attended more than one high school, the Eligibility Center will need official transcripts from all high schools attended. (The Eligibility Center does NOT accept faxed transcripts or test scores.)
    • Before registering for classes for your senior year, check with your high school counselor to determine the amount of core courses that you need to complete your senior year.


    • Take the SAT and/or ACT again, if necessary. The Eligibility Center will use the best scores from each section of the ACT or SAT to determine your best cumulative score.
    • Continue to take college-prep courses.
    • Check the courses you have taken to match your school’s list of NCAA courses.
    • Review your amateurism responses and request final amateurism certification on or after April 1 (for fall enrollees) or October 1 (for spring enrollees).
    • Continue to work hard to get the best grades possible.
    • Graduate on time (in eight academic semesters).
    • After graduation, ask your high school counselor to send your final transcript to the Eligibility Center with proof of graduation.

    A wonderful reference to get started in your college search and academic eligibility is the NCAA 'Guide For The College Bound Student Athlete'. Click the link below to download a free PDF:

    Betty Baird Kregor is an LPGA Master Teaching Professional and owner of StraightShot Inc., specializing in the DISC personality system to mentor and advise athletes of all ages and abilities. 

    In 2014, Kregor retired from over 27 years of teaching golf to consult athletes in the mental aspects of sport an serve as a "performance coach" for goals, scheduling, practice programs, college advising and more. 

    Her LPGA education in DISC profiling allows an athlete to maximize their performance with "self awareness" of their strengths and weaknesses. It is also an important tool in finding the right college fit which is a component of Kregor's expertise. College athletic consulting is a service that benefits 9-12th graders in learning how to market their talents, schedule college visits and value the importance of academics. 

    If you are interested in contacting Betty regarding a consult or workshop please visit for more information.