The coaches of Play Golf in College are dedicated to helping young golfers succeed in golf, in college and in life.
The coaches of Play Golf in College are dedicated to helping young golfers succeed in golf, in college and in life.

Under the leadership of Coach Brad Sparling, Play Golf In College is designed for middle school and high school aged young men and women who are committed to improving their golf games and becoming successful student-athletes in college.

Play Golf In College provides not only guidance in navigating the college placement process, but you will also have a former very successful Division I coaches lead and mentor your junior golfer prior to becoming a student-athlete at the collegiate level.

Play Golf In College will create a comprehensive plan designed to help your junior golfer realize their dream of playing collegiate golf. Each plan/program will be unique and tailored to the specific needs and situation of the junior golfer and his or her family.

Initial Assessment/Consultation (Day Program)

A full-day assessment and consultation is the best place to start. The fee may be applied as a credit towards any other Play Golf In College program within the first 30 days.
A full-day assessment and consultation is the best place to start. The fee may be applied as a credit towards any other Play Golf In College program within the first 30 days.

This is the ideal way to start working with Coach Sparling and Coach MacDonald. The full day assessment can take place at your home course or in Dublin, Ohio or Cincinnati, Ohio.

If you want to play collegiate golf, this is a relatively inexpensive way to have a private one-on-one meeting with a very successful Division 1 coach who can let you know where your game stands, what you need to do to improve and how the college recruiting process really works.

In addition, Coach Sparling or Coach MacDonald will review your current college recruiting/placement situation and strategy and provide honest feedback and recommendations.

The meeting includes a client interview, practice range session, up to 18 holes of golf, a comprehensive game assessment, junior golf overview, college placement discussion, up to 2 hour question and answer session, a written summary with recommendations and several follow-up calls/emails within two weeks of the meeting. The fee may be applied as a credit towards any other Play Golf In College program within the first 30 days.

This will be the best investment you will ever make in helping your child realize his or her dream of playing golf in college.

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Elite High School Annual Program/Commitment

Includes the Initial Assessment & Consultation, all of the listed services, unlimited phone and email communications, plus on-course and face-to-face coaching sessions throughout the year. Coach Sparling or Coach MacDonald will be in touch with you every week and will be your Coach and Mentor throughout the college recruiting process. Available only to selected clients due to time commitment involved.

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Annual Recruiting Program

Includes the Initial Assessment & Consultation, all of the listed services except for Game Enhancement and Player Development, and unlimited phone and email communications. Coach Sparling or Coach MacDonald will be in touch with you every week and will be your Coach and Mentor throughout the college recruiting process. Available only to selected clients due to time commitment involved.

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Tournament Travel Program – NEW!

Coach Sparling and Coach MacDonald will take up to 8 players to selected tournaments throughout the year. This will include travel to and from the event and lodging. The goal of this service is to provide in depth coaching during a tournament and to replicate the college travel experience so as to better prepare our players for the next level. This service also allows us to watch our players perform under tournament conditions and to provide invaluable coaching feedback. For a list of tournaments we will be traveling to and further details on the program, please contact us for more information.

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Elite Middle School Annual Program/Commitment

Available only to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Conducted in groups of two students. Includes all of the listed services except recruiting. Groups meet weekly throughout the year and focus on the fundamentals of the game. They receive swing, putting and short game instruction; directions on when and how to practice; course management; how to keep it fun; the rules of golf; and etiquette.

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TPT Golf shaft fitting and sales

TBT logoPlay Golf in College is the exclusive fitter and distributor for TPT Golf™ shafts in Ohio. TPT Golf shaft fitting is now available at Play Golf in College locations in Columbus and Cincinnati. Play Golf in College also runs the U.S. College Program for TPT Golf, making sure elite junior golfers and college programs around the country have the shafts and education they need to take their games to the next level. With TPT Golf, Play Golf in College identifies and supports elite junior golfers and college golf programs around the country with TPT Golf shafts and shaft education. Learn more about TBT Golf shafts.

 

Client Expectations

All clients are expected to be open to coaching and mentorship by Coach Sparling and Coach MacDonald. In addition, they must act in an appropriate and honorable manner at all times and must abstain from tobacco, alcohol and drug use. Failure to adhere to this policy may result in forfeiture of fees and cancellation of program services.

As required by NCAA Bylaws, Play Golf In College LLC does not market a prospective student-athlete’s athletic ability or reputation, negotiate or promise scholarships or serve as an agent in any way.

What we provide

 

COLLEGE PLACEMENT AND RECRUITING SERVICES

Help write golf and academic resumés
Develop appropriate and effective communication strategies with coaches
Explain the NCAA recruiting process in detail including timelines and applicable rules
Assist in the comparison of potential colleges and golf programs to help Jr. Golfers and their families determine potential “best fit” situations
Contact appropriate college coaches to introduce a student-athlete and to serve as a qualified reference
Official and Unofficial Visits
Educate Jr. Golfer and their family on what to expect from the college experience

 

GAME ENHANCEMENT

On Course Playing Lessons
Course Management and Strategy
What and How to Practice Effectively
Stats and Strokes Gained Analysis
Swing Instruction with TrackMan
Putting and Short Game Instruction
Mental Game
Preparing for the Transition to College
The Commitment Level needed to Play Collegiate Golf
How to Succeed Academically in College
Preparing for the College Qualifying Process, Team Format and Structured Weekly Team Schedule

 

LIFE SKILLS

Weekly Winter Seminars
The importance of Character and Integrity
Proper Communication and Follow-up
The importance of Goal Setting/ Establishing Realistic Goals and Objectives
Teach Time Management Skills
How to balance Academics, Golf and Social Life
Help create a Positive Self-Image and Attitude
How to develop a Relationship Network

 

TOURNAMENT PREPARATION & COMPETITION

Tournament Travel Program
Tournament Scheduling
Preparing for the Transition to College
Explain AJGA Performance Based Entry
Explain GolfWeek, Junior Golf Scoreboard and other ranking systems
Secrets from the Pros: How to prepare to play your best in tournament competition. Pre-Round Fitness Warm-Up. How to strategically analyze a course during the Practice Round. Understanding Green Light, Yellow Light and Red Light Pin Positions. When to be aggressive and when to be conservative

 

PREPARING FOR COLLEGE

Preparing for the Transition to College
The Commitment Level needed to Play Collegiate Golf
How to Succeed Academically in College
Preparing for the College Qualifying Process, Team Format and Structured Weekly Team Schedule