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It’s been a taxing final month or so for Texas rising senior Pierceson Coody.
After capping his common season on the Big 12 Championship in late April along with his fifth straight top-6 end, Coody headed to Seminole in early May to symbolize the U.S. within the Walker Cup. Of course, Coody was among those that fell unwell to a abdomen virus, and he missed the opening session. He then headed again to Dallas the following week for his PGA Tour debut, on the AT&T Byron Nelson, the place he missed the reduce. Three days later, Coody was enjoying an NCAA regional, the place he tied for ninth.
He nonetheless wasn’t accomplished. Coody obtained a week off earlier than the NCAA Championship, however he performed only one spherical at Grayhawk earlier than one other random virus knocked him out once more. Coody, who examined detrimental for COVID-19, mono and strep, among different illnesses, had a fever for nearly a week, not breaking it totally till final Wednesday. That left him simply 5 days to organize for his U.S. Open closing qualifier in Columbus, Ohio.
But Coody someway mustered the power to get via, incomes his U.S. Open spot in a playoff on Tuesday morning after play was pushed into a second day due to inclement climate.
So, Coody’s busy stretch will proceed. The not too long ago named Big 12 Player of the Year will play on this week’s Arnold Palmer Cup close to Chicago earlier than heading to Torrey Pines for his main debut. He’ll be joined in San Diego by a number of different present or current school gamers, together with SMU’s Ollie Osborne, who’s exempt through his U.S. Amateur runner-up end, and closing qualifiers Joe Highsmith of Pepperdine, Charlotte’s Matthew Sharpstene, Louisville’s Matthias Schmid, Georgia’s Spencer Ralston and Auburn’s Andrew Kozan.
Coody’s Texas teammate Cole Hammer can also be within the U.S. Open area after getting in on Wednesday as the primary alternate from the Columbus qualifier. Hammer, who’s teeing it up at Congaree this week, changed Mikko Korhonen, who withdrew. It can be Hammer’s third U.S. Open begin.
A new camp ‘experience’
With the recruiting lifeless interval lastly lifting on June 1, school golf coaches aren’t the one ones attending to work this summer time. This month can even see the debut of College Golf Experience.
The new GCAA-endorsed program for school golf camps is dedicated to offering junior golfers unprecedented entry to varsity coaches to study collegiate golf and the recruiting course of whereas serving to these golfers showcase their abilities and obtain their targets.
CGX is the brainchild of well-known business veteran Josh Jacobs, CGX’s CEO and in addition the founder and CEO of TGA Premier Golf, a main supplier of introductory and leisure golf applications nationwide. Jacobs, who performed Division III golf at Emory, noticed a possibility to revive the thought of school golf camps.
“When I was a junior golfer, I had no idea what the recruiting process was. I had no clue what I was doing,” Jacobs mentioned. “I believe that there are so many scholarship opportunities and coaches that want to see these juniors and engage with them and talk to them about their schools, whether it’s mid- to low-level D1, whether it’s D2, NAIA, whatever it is, there’s a ton of opportunity here.”
Fairly new recruiting guidelines prohibit contact between coaches and potential school golfers till June 15 earlier than a participant’s junior yr of highschool, besides throughout these camps. For coaches that don’t have the time or functionality to run their very own camp, that’s the place CGX is available in. Jacobs, with assist from former Arizona golfer Dylan Kornberg, who’s CGX’s director of camps, has created three sorts of camps – showcase, which is able to embody coaches from a number of faculties; convention, which is able to give attention to a specific convention (the Ivy League has one deliberate for early subsequent yr); and institutional, which can be for a particular college.
The first camp, set for June 11-12 at Classic Club in Palm Desert, California, is a showcase camp, and it’ll characteristic seven Division-I coaches, together with Arizona’s Jim Anderson, Colorado State’s Christian Newton, San Diego State’s Ryan Donovan and Pepperdine assistant Blaine Woodruff.
“I’m looking forward to being a part of College Golf Experience’s launch camp,” Anderson mentioned. “It provides a unique opportunity to pair junior golfers and their parents with college coaches. Campers will benefit from time spent with coaches preparing for college golf and many questions will be answered about the transition process.”
Added Newton: “CGX camps are a great way to meet and engage with college coaches in a fun and relaxed environment. Juniors and parents will leave with a clear understanding of what college golf looks like and how to reach their junior and collegiate golfing goals.”
At these camps, that are open to girls and boys aged 10-18, attendees will play in a simulated school match or follow spherical, obtain skill-based instruction and evaluations from coaches, discover a school golfer’s weekly routine and staff’s tradition, and collect details about the recruiting course of, how you can schedule junior tournaments and extra.
“I think this is going to help junior golfers achieve their goals and help these families really understand the path that their junior golfer needs to go down,” Jacobs mentioned. “If you’re a freshman or sophomore in high school and you get evaluated by a D-I coach, and he says, look, you’re a 7-handicap, here are your average scores, I’m looking at your game, you really need to improve here, here and here, and if you want to play Division I, you really have to hit these marks, and this is what we’re looking for.
“You get a real, true evaluation of your game, and where you can take it and what you need to do to achieve your goals.”
For extra data on CGX, click here.
Pair of SEC girls’s jobs claimed
Two massive teaching bulletins have been not too long ago made on the ladies’s aspect.
Texas A&M has employed former Houston head coach Gerrod Chadwell whereas Tennessee signed Diana Cantu away from Maryland, which Cantu not too long ago led to its first NCAA Women’s Championship look.
Chadwell, who’s the husband of LPGA participant Stacy Lewis, began this system at Houston in 2013 and led the Cougars to a few AAC Championships and 6 straight NCAA regional berths, a streak that included this season. He replaces former Aggies head coach Andrea Gaston.
“My wife Stacy and I are so excited to have the opportunity to raise our family in Aggieland,” Chadwell mentioned. “I want to thank Ross Bjork and Jeff Toole for believing in me and giving me the chance to lead this program. Here at A&M, we have an incredible foundation to build something great and with the support we have from the top down, I know we can do just that. I have admired the 12th Man from afar for a long time, and to now be a part of it is a humbling experience. I can’t wait to get to campus to begin preparing for the fall. Gig ‘Em!”
Cantu is coming off a season through which she not solely guided the Terps to nationals but additionally was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. She performed for Tennessee, graduating in 2010.
“I am thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to come back home to Tennessee,” Cantu mentioned. “As a proud alum, I know the history of the athletic department and women’s golf program. I’m also well aware of the endless opportunities for success our student-athletes receive. I look forward to continuing to build on the foundation that Judi Pavon established. I know that with the facilities and resources that Tennessee provides—Day Golf Practice Facility and the Blackburn-Furrow Clubhouse—we will be able to compete at a high level within our conference and nationally.”
Changes to PGA Tour University
As a few rising school seniors and juniors put together for U.S. Open begins and potential PGA Tour exemptions this summer time, PGA Tour University has introduced a tweak to its points-distribution course of for skilled occasions.
The adjustments will start this week and can embody a restrict on factors for school gamers who miss the reduce in a PGA Tour occasion. Players who miss the reduce in these occasions will proceed to earn factors based mostly on their ending place as decided by the World Amateur Golf Ranking, until that complete is above eight factors. In that case, the utmost factors for a missed reduce could be capped at eight.
The solely exception is main championships, the place gamers will be capable to accumulate all accessible factors, even when they miss the reduce. Players who make the reduce at a PGA Tour occasion can even proceed to earn full factors towards PGA Tour U.
PGA Tour U additionally introduced that gamers could obtain full factors at different choose skilled tournaments, on the discretion of PGA Tour University and decided earlier than the beginning of the match.
A preliminary rating for the Class of 2022 can be launched in July.