College Golf Scholarships and Recruiting

How do I Get a College Golf Scholarship?

Earning a golf scholarship is more than just about shooting low scores; it’s about shooting the scores in the right tournaments. Don’t expect to be found just because you are playing in tournaments. You must make the effort to get in contact with college golf coaches and continually update them when you have significant tournament results to report. Follow our advice on how to do this correctly.

Where do Coaches Watch Golf Recruits Play?

Coaches will only come to your tournaments once you have established contact and proven you are a serious recruit. Oftentimes, coaches are very particular about the tournaments they visit, so be prepared to go to those tournaments first. Once contact has been established, use these steps to move forward with the process.

How do I Improve My Chances of Getting a Golf Scholarship?

With golf being a nonrevenue sport, having good grades will help open up more opportunities. The more schools you can qualify for academically, the higher your chance will be of earning a scholarship. Click here to find out more ways to improve your chances.

What Kind of Golfers Get Scholarships?

College golf coaches want to recruit athletes who have great potential and strong fundamentals. Showing your potential goes beyond just playing golf. Getting recruited comes down to intangibles like the ones laid out in our plan for getting recruited.

What Are the Academic Requirements?

The academic requirements for what a college golf coach is looking for changes based on university and division level. There are, however, basic requirements that have to be met to be eligible.

How Good are College Golfers?

These are the general guidelines for what coaches look for in a golfer. If you fall outside of these general requirements it is still possible to play at that level, but there will be fewer opportunities.

Men’s Golf

NCAA DI NCAA DII NCAA DIII/NAIA NJCAA
Driving Distance 270+ yards 260+ yards 260+ yards 250+ yards
Putts Per Round Under 30 Under 32 Under 34 Under 34
Scrambling 50% 45% 40% 35%

AJGA = American Junior Golf Association

USGA = United States Golf Association

  • Top DI

    • Top finishes at the AJGA, USGA, regional and state levels
    • Summer golf schedule consists of AJGA, USGA, regional, state, and multiple local tournament wins
    • Has a high Polo Golf Ranking
    • Average scores from courses over 6,800 yards
      • Low End: 65
      • High End: 75
  • Lower DII

    • Competes at the AJGA, USGA regional, and state levels
    • Summer golf schedule consists of AJGA, USGA, regional, state, and multiple local tournament wins
    • Has a good Polo Golf Ranking
    • Average scores from courses over 6,800 yards
      • Low End: 67
      • High End: 77
  • NCAA DIII

    • Competes in regional, state, and local tournaments
    • Summer golf schedule consists of regional and state tournament participation and high finishes in local tournaments
    • Average scores from courses over 6,700 yards
      • Low End: 68
      • High End: 79
  • NCAA DIII/NAIA

    • Competes in local tournaments
    • Summer golf schedule consist of high finishes in local level tournaments
    • Average Scores from courses over 6,600 yards
      • Low End – 70
      • High End – 83
  • NJCAA

    • Competes in local tournaments
    • Average Scores from courses over 6,600 yards
      • Low End – 68
      • High End – 85

Women’s Golf

NCAA DI NCAA DII NCAA DIII/NAIA NJCAA
Driving Distance 235+ yards 225+ yards 225+ yards 220+ yards
Putts Per Round Under 34 Under 36 Under 36 Under 38
Scrambling 50% 45% 45% 35%

AJGA = American Junior Golf Association

USGA = United States Golf Association

  • Top DI

    • Top finishes at the AJGA, USGA, regional and state levels
    • Summer golf schedule includes a rigorous AJGA, USGA, regional, and state level tournaments
    • Has a high Polo Golf Ranking
    • Average Scores from courses over 6,400 yards
      • Low End: 66
      • High End: 78
  • Lower DII

    • Competes at the AJGA, USGA regional and state levels
    • Summer golf schedule consist of AJGA, regional, state, and multiple local tournament wins.
    • Has a good Polo Golf Ranking
    • Average Scores from courses over 6,400 yards
      • Low End: 68
      • High End: 82
  • NCAA DIII

    • Competes in regional, state, and local tournaments
    • Summer golf schedule consists of state and regional tournament participation and high finishes in local tournaments
    • Average Scores from courses over 6,200 yards
      • Low End – 70
      • High End – 88
  • NCAA DIII/NAIA

    • Competes in local tournaments
    • Summer golf schedule consist of high finishes in local level tournaments Average Scores from courses over 6,200 yards
      • Low End – 75
      • High End –92
  • NJCAA

    • Competes in state and local tournaments
    • Average Scores from courses over 6,200 yards
      • Low End – 68
      • High End – 95

How many Golf Scholarships are Available?

Not all colleges that are eligible to offer scholarships will choose to do so. For example, Ivy League schools choose not to offer athletic scholarships.Golf is an equivalency sport which means all scholarships are not full scholarships. For example, in NCAA D1, men’s golf coaches can divide the value of the 4.5 scholarships available to them between as many players as they see fit.

Men’s Golf

NCAA DI: 4.5
NCAA DII: 3.6
NAIA: 5
NJCAA: 8

Women’s Golf

NCAA DI: 6
NCAA DII: 5.4
NAIA: 5
NJCAA: 8

Number of College Golf Programs

Men’s Golf

NCAA DI: 294
NCAA DII: 200
*NCAA DIII: 277
NAIA: 175
NJCAA: 241
Total: 1,187

Women’s Golf

NCAA D1: 238
NCAA D2: 135
*NCAA D3: 166
NAIA: 123
NJCAA: 113
Total: 775

*NCAA Division 3 schools do not offer athletic scholarships, but do offer other forms of financial aid.

Who Are the Top College Golf Programs in Each Division?

Men’s Golf

NCAA DI:Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Stanford, Washington, Augusta State, UCLA Texas, Oregon, Illinois, USC, Florida, Arizona State, Georgia

NCAA DII: Northern Alabama, Cal State Chico, Lynn, Western Washington, Abilene Christian, Columbus State, Central Oklahoma, Western Florida, Valdosta State

NCAA DIII: Guilford, Huntington, Methodist, St. John’s, Greensboro, Oglethorpe, La Verne, Skidmore, Centre, Texas-Tyler, Wittenberg

NAIA: Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma Christian University, Malone University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Holy Names University, Texas Wesleyan University, Johns & Wales University, Southern Nazarene University, Wayland Baptist University, University of South Carolina

Women’s Golf

NCAA DI: UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, USC, Auburn, Alabama, Purdue, Duke, Pepperdine, Wake Forest, California, Virginia

NCAA DII: Nova Southeastern, Florida Southern, Rollins, Tarleton State, Grand Valley State, Barry, Sal State Monterey Bay, Sonoma State, Belmont Abbey, Indianapolis, St. Edwards

NCAA DIII: Methodist, Wisconsin Eau Claire, Depauw, Gust. Adolphus, St. Mary’s (Indiana), Williams, George Fox, Amherst, Allegheny, Illinois Wesleyan, Southwestern

NAIA: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Oklahoma City University, California Baptist University, University of British Columbia, Concordia University, University of South Carolina – Beafort, Lubbock Christian University, Lindsey Wilson College, Southern Nazarene University, Lindsey Wilson College, Southern Nazarene University, California State University – San Marcos, Northwood University

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