The following section is dedicated to golf athletes that are looking to earn golf scholarships in the United States.
U.S college golf continues to be as popular as ever among young golfers. This is because the majority of golfers on the PGA Tour went through the college system. Elite golfers such as Tiger Woods, John Rahm, Phil Mickelson and Michelle Wie are some examples of successful golfers who played collegiate golf in America. In fact, it´s estimated that over 75% of all professional golfers gained an advanced education before starting out in their careers.
College golf is an attractive opportunity for many international student-athletes. Understandably, competition for spots is very high, which is why SportUSA offer a real advantage. We encourage our clients to pursue a studying career at a college in the United States as this allows the athlete to combine education and sport. Although it is no secret that this won’t be the case for everybody, the ones that succeed will not only enjoy an incredible opportunity but continue on an upward trajectory within their golfing career. Additionally, our team of professionals will provide you with the best advice and guidance in helping you to find the right university, which in turn will bring you a once in a lifetime experience. Moreover, the college experience will give you four years to prepare for the Tour, meaning athletes have the opportunity to mature and make mistakes while they continue with their education, at zero dollars cost.
The idea is to use that four-year college team experience education and from there to turn professional. Here, at SportUSA what we are trying to do is to create that pathway together.
Primarily, coaches look at the athletes’ results. This is going to be a determinant factor in the scholarships. Male collegiate golfers approximately average a 0 handicap. Female collegiate golfers approximately average a 2 handicap. Higher handicaps will still be considered by universities, although it is less likely. In order to be considered by the top universities in the United States, athletes should compete at the most prestigious national tournaments at a younger age. This will show coaches that they are ready to compete in the U.S.
Another factor that will influence coaches is the potential of the athlete, coaches know that performances will improve following intensive training. Additionally, coaches will talk to other people to get references from players and colleagues.
Coaches will also look at academic performances, which decides if the athlete is going to be able to get into school in the first place.
In terms of the scholarship itself, for female athletes the opportunity is even more attractive. The gender equity law requires for every university to spend the exact amount for men as for women, and as a result there are a maximum of 6 scholarships available per women’s team in Division one, compared to 4.5 in the men’s team (view table).
|Men’s Golf||Number of teams||Number of scholarships|
|NCAA Division I||292||4.5|
|NCAA Division II||218||3.6|
|Women’s Golf||Number of teams||Number of scholarships|
|NCAA Division I||249||6|
|NCAA Division II||154||5.4|
Athletes who are granted a Golf scholarship are expected to practice at least 5 times a week. Training sessions would consist of strength and conditioning practices as well as golf training. A lot of universities have golf courses on campus, you can literally walk out your door and be at the golf course within several minutes. In fact, American universities have the best facilities in the world. Typically, many athletes from outside the US struggle to adapt to the physical demand of the circuit, which is why SportUSA have a variety of nutritional programs, ITF support and training events that will help athletes to reach their potential. By following our personalized programs, international athletes will quickly adjust to the competition and gain an edge over other players.
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