Posted 26 December 2011 - 05:53 AM
I can shed a little light on this for you meeks. First of all judging by the response this coach is at a D1 school and probably a pretty competitive one correct? Years ago the big programs like Texas or Arizona State had walk on tournaments, 150 kids who were enrolled at the school who played on their high school team would show up and shoot 82-79 and the whole thing was just a giant waste of time, hardly ever did someone make a team from one of these qualifiers, and it usually left a pretty poor taste in the mouths of a handful of kids who shot 73-73 and figured that should get them a walk on spot. Because coaches were not getting players out of this and it was causing other problems they got rid of it and being a "walk on" player took on a new meaning. All the bigger programs have walk on kids hanging around. How it works these days is that these kids were noticed by the coach and he thought that they may become decent players but they were not good enough coming out of high school to be offered a scholarship. Sometimes they wind up making travel teams and play their way into scholarships, and sometimes they hang around the team for four years and never get good enough to play in anything other than their home schools tournament as an individual once a year. The point is that these kids are noticed by the coaches and the coaches want them on the team. The reason why your coach told you what he did is because he has a group of kids he likes and he doesnt have room for another hopeful hanging around, especially a hopeful that he doesnt know and for all he knows could be a not so great kid who will be bad for the team dynamic (just an example). The US open or US amateur line is one that they all give because if a kid is good enough to be competitive at that level then he can help any team.
You cannot play in a college tournament if you are not on a team, thats just how it works. What you can do if you want to go somewhere else and play is contact the coaches who recruited you, tell them you needed a break from golf for a while but you want to get back into it and you are looking for an opportunity. You probably wont be able to get a scholarship (i would almost guarantee they wont give you one right away because they will be concerned that you might get back into it briefly and decide that you made the wrong decision and dont want to be on the team). it is not at all unlikely that one of them will be more than happy to take a flier on you. Other than that play in the amateur events you can in the summer and keep at it.