I'm a 2022 HS grad ranked ~450 in JGS, +2.2 HCP, 74 scoring avg in junior tournaments and placing in top 30% in amateur tournaments I play in. I was injured in the first half of 2020 and couldn't play golf but have gone from 78 to 74 in the past year, and still improving. Ordinarily I would have reached out to coaches last year but, as you can see, the timing was about as bad as it could be - my scores before 2020 not being great and no way to show them in 2020
Now I'm finding that most D1s have filled their roster or have a 11-12 person rosters with many 5th year and senior players, which means I won't play. I have zero interest in warming a bench for 1-2 years. I have a couple of D1s interested and I can play on the teams (with no scholarship but not a problem) and they're not great academic choices nor are they powerhouse golf teams. I want to be a Tour Pro and know how low the odds are, but don't want to give up without giving it my absolute ALL!
I've recently been wondering if I should take a gap year, focus on my golf, play amateur tournaments, see how I do and then look at different options:
1. reach out to college coaches next year when I'll for sure be even better
2.go for top academic schools (I know I can get in for sure with my grades and SAT) and forget about competitive golf
3.get into a top academic school now, request a deferral and reach out to the golf coach to see if I can play