The North American College Golf system produces more PGA and LPGA Tour players than any other development pathway in the world. College Golf Scholarships are available to both men and women within NCAA, NJCAA & NAIA. If you are considering a College Golf Scholarship it is advantageous to prove you are winning and competing consistently at a State, National or International level with a strong track record of performing to your club handicap at these competitions.
Compete and achieve in as many WAGR events as you can, as College Coaches can universally understand the rankings of the events, the depth of competition, the length and location of the courses. Proving to a coach that you can ‘play away from home’ is an important factor when a coach is considering you as a future Student Athlete on their roster. Get together a highlight reel of you hitting through the bag filmed from behind and side on. Include varying distances of bunker play and putting.
Your academic grades need to be considered too, as different governing bodies have different Academic qualification criteria. Academic grades are the backbone of your College experience, perform well in the classroom and you can play on the team. High School grades and SAT exam results can be used to your advantage to secure a combination of Academic and Athletic Scholarship. To learn more about securing a Golf Scholarship to a North American College, please connect with us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Since 1939, NCAA Division I Men’s Golf has conducted its annual championships in either late May or early June. The tournament has always been conducted as a stroke play, with a slight variation in 2009 where a stroke play/match play format was added.
The NCAA Division I Championship is a team event, with an award also being crowned to the lowest individual stroke play score. 1981-1982 also saw the inception of Women’s Collegiate Golf, among twelve other sports, into the NCAA roster. This championship is traditionally conducted in May. NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III conducted a combined championship from 1996-1999 with the individual championship instated from 2000 onwards.
There is no question that the NCAA is the number one breeding ground for successful golfers worldwide, both male and female. Individual male stroke play champions have included Jack Nicklaus in 1961, Hale Irwin in 1967, Tiger Woods in 1996 while Ben Crenshaw and Phil Mickelson were crowned champion three times each. Annika Sorenstam was Female Champion in 1991 and Grace Park in 1999.