Tryout Information

UPDATE:

The Plano West Golf Team tryouts have been delayed due to unforeseen circumstances. The new tryout dates are Saturday, August 15th and Sunday, August 16th. Tee times will begin at 2:00 p.m. The costs will be $25 each day and will include green fee, range balls, and cart, payable in the proshop. Please check in with Coach Hardison at the putting green area no later than 1:30. If you are planning on hitting balls to warm up, you should be there earlier.

Tryouts for the Plano West Golf Team will be at Pecan Hollow Golf Course. Tryouts will be Monday, August 3rd and Tuesday, August 4th for both boys and girls. August 3rd will be a shotgun start at approximately 1:00. August 4th will be tee times starting at 1:00. Please do not plan vacations during this time, as there will be no other planned tryouts.

Exception – Due to the ever -changing news about Covid 19, these plans could change. Please check the Plano West Golf website (www.planowestgolf.org) daily for updated news about tryouts. Costs of tryouts will be $25.00/day payable in the pro shop. This includes range balls for warmup. Golfers will need to be at the golf course a minimum of 30 minutes prior to the first tee time. If you are going to hit balls to warmup, you will need to be there earlier.

Each golfer MUST have a physical prior to tryouts. Incoming sophomores and seniors that were on the team last year do not need to have a new physical. All new players and returning juniors will need a new physical from your doctor. The UIL Physical Form can be found at UIL Athletics under the forms tab. You MUST bring the physical on the first day in order to tryout.

All other forms required by the UIL can be found at Rank One Sports Plus Health. Parents need to fill out all of the forms and submit prior to tryouts.

Golfers will need to wear appropriate golf attire and have their own clubs. Golfers will be walking and playing 18 holes each day. Push carts are permitted. Golfers will need to be acclimated to the heat as it will be very hot during tryouts. Boys will play the purple tees – 7026 yards. Girls will play the yellow tees – 5265 yards. Parents are welcome to stay and watch; however, they cannot coach or be involved in rulings. Parents are allowed to give water and snacks and help look for lost balls.

Experience

Kids trying out for the team MUST have golf experience on the course, not just the driving range; NO BEGINNERS!  This is NOT a P.E golf class or a class to make your college applications look better!  This is a highly competitive athletic class.  Each year, the scores to make the team are different, but usually the following guidelines are fairly accurate.  Junior and senior girls need to be consistently shooting at least in the high 80’s to have a chance of making the team.  Junior and senior boys need to be consistently shooting in the low 80’s to have a chance of making the team.  Freshmen and sophomore girls need to be consistently shooting at least in the high 90’s to have a chance of making the team.  Freshmen and sophomore boys need to be consistently shooting at least in the high 80’s to have a chance of making the team.  Your son/daughter MUST play in a minimum of three 18 hole tournaments over the summer to give them the experience of playing under pressure.  These tournaments should come from organizations such as NTPGA, TJGT, TLJT, AJGA or other similar organizations. This will help them learn to play under pressure.

More Information

You need to contact Coach Hardison at the email listed below to make sure you are on the tryout list.  If you plan on trying out, you need to sign up for golf on your schedule.  Kids that make the team will have to provide their own transportation to and from practice each day.  We usually have several parents that carpool.  Practices are held at various golf courses/driving ranges in the area.  Costs for being on the golf team will include uniforms, booster club dues in the fall and spring, and optional golf bag.  Please log on to the golf team’s website (www.planowestgolf.org) to stay updated with information prior to tryouts.  You may also contact Coach Hardison at: rick.hardison@pisd.edu  or  214-803-8021.

 Items Needed on First Day of Tryouts

  1. Fully stocked golf bag (clubs, balls, tees, golf glove, ball marks, greens keeper)
  2. Proper golf attire (no cutoff shorts, or cargo shorts)
  3. Completed UIL Physical Form
  4. Money for green fees and range balls
  5. Water