DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As the 15 to 18-year-olds teed off for round one family and friends lined the fairways to watch, but they aren’t the only ones out on the links.

The talent displayed at the Future Masters makes for a college recruiters dream.

With 224 golfers competing in this age group, it’s an ideal event for college coaches to see a lot of young talent in one place.

About 30 coaches from all over the South are at Dothan Country Club this week.

This includes coaches from Power Five conferences to community colleges.

They’re looking for kids with a strong enough mentality to play at the next level.

“It’s tough, UAB Head Mens Golf Coach Matt Whall said. “It’s hot. It’s hard. The greens are tough. The course is tricky scoring. Who’s handling those conditions the best? All these young golfers are technically very good, skill level is very high but who separates themselves mentally when the going gets tough?”

Whall adds that experience goes a long way in golf so tournaments like this are a helpful stepping stone to the collegiate field.