2008 College Golf Seminar review

The Golf Association of Philadelphia conducted its fifth College Golf Seminar on Saturday, Nov. 8 at Plymouth CC. Featured speakers included Dean Frischknecht, who authors the PING American Gollege Golf Guide; Sal Caimano, LaSalle University menís golf coach and Harry Hammond, West Chester University menís golf coach.

  Dean Frischknecht, PING American College Golf Guide
  Mr. Frischknecht spoke primarily about the research that went into creating the PING American College Golf Guide, a comprehensive breakdown of NCAA college golf. Dean broke down the number of scholarships that are available to both male and female golfers in all divisions of the NCAA. He discussed what prospective college golfers should be prepared for when looking at levels of NCAA golf. Dean stressed how junior golfers need to personalize their cover letters and resumes when they send those to prospective schools and coaches. He emphasized what college coaches are looking for from their student/athletes and the best ways to get coaches attention. Dean used his scoring conversion software to show what prospective junior golfers would shot in college events based on their average score.

  Sal Caimano, LaSalle University Menís Golf Coach
  Sal Caimano, the LaSalle University Menís Golf Coach, primarily spoke about the life of a Division I golfer. He first discussed what prospective student-athletes should be prepared for in Division I. Sal stressed that college golfers need to prioritize their responsibilities (i.e., social life, classes golf practice) in order to play well. He also discussed how college golf is more of a team-oriented sport than an individual one. Mr. Caimano, whose son played college golf at LaSalle University, also spent time talking about what he and his son went through when they were looking at colleges.

  Harry Hammond, West Chester University Menís Golf Coach
  Harry Hammond, the West Chester University Menís Golf Coach, spoke about the life of a Division II male golfer. He spoke about a typical week for a Division II player and about the time spent away from the college campus. Mr. Hammond spoke to the fact that college golf at the Division II level is very competitive. Harry, a PGA Professional for over 40 years, commented on the importance of juniors continuing to work on their game with their golf teacher even when they reach college. Because the college golf season starts right away, Harry commented on the fact that junior golfers need to be prepared to play immediately upon reaching college.