College Golf Advice for Juniors from CAL’s Coach Nancy McDaniel
Coach McDaniel answers questions from our Junior Academy golfers about what it takes to play golf for one of the top Division I schools in the country. She offers advice for both junior golfers and parents about how her program works, how she recruits, how she organizes her practice sessions, and much more.
In this interview Coach McDaniel answers questions such as:
- How are Women’s college teams different than Men’s teams?
- How do scholarships work on a Woman’s team?
- What does she look for in her players?
- How good do you have to play to earn a scholarship?
- What is a good FIT for her team?
- What do they focus on in practice?
- How do they prep for a tournament?
- How do they use competition in practice?
- What is a Playbook and how do they use it?
Great information for aspiring juniors and parents alike.
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Nancy McDaniel has been the head coach of the Cal Women’s golf team for 21 years. Since founding the program she has built it into one of the top programs in the country. Her teams have made 16 straight NCAA Regional tournaments and 8 NCAA Championship tournaments. She has coached numerous All-Americans as well as an NCAA Individual champion. Nancy herself had an outstanding college career at Washington, including earning All-American honors, and was a touring pro in the US and Asia for 5 years, notching several victories. She has earned numerous Coach of the Year awards in the Pac 12 and Western Regionals. She was the National Golf Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 2003, and the LPGA Coach of the Year. It was an honor to have her talk with our Academy students.