IN THE USA
YOUR GOLF scholarship IN THE USA
As one of the most popular sports in the USA, golf is particularly well-supported at American universities. The unique college sports system enables the athletes to combine athletics and academics on the highest level possible.
PGA Tour players such as Justin Thomas, Adam Scott and Brooks Koepka, have taken advantage of the great practice conditions provided at American universities to lay the foundation for their professional careers.
Every year Scholarbook helps more than 25 golfers turn their dream of studying in the USA into a reality. Through our years of experience in golf, we understand your needs and wishes to perfectly guide you on your way to the USA.
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HOW MANY SCHOLARSHIPS ARE THERE?
Scholarbook and golf? The perfect combination! Scholarbook is the only European recruiting service that is an official “corporate partner” of the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). The cooperation enables us to contact more than 1000 college coaches all over the USA and to increase your chances to find the right scholarship at the university of your dreams.
Universities with golf teams:
- Men: 705
- Female: 607
Full scholarships per team:
- Men: 4.5
- Women: 6
HOW IS PRACTICE STRUCTURED IN THE USA?
Golfers train around five times a week for up to five hours on the university’s own golf course. If the university does not have its own golf course, there are usually various private courses available that are reserved specifically for practice hours exclusively for the team.
In addition to golf specific workouts on the course, there are often up to three workouts per week dedicated to strength and conditioning. While golf is viewed as an individual sport in Europe, collegiate golf is much more team-oriented.
Most players can rapidly see improvements in their performance due to the professional conditions and the incredible team spirit that are present. This helps them to lay the foundation to become a pro player afterwards.
WHAT IS A SEASON LIKE AT COLLEGE?
Since there is no other country in the world that offers such a great way to combine the time-consuming sport of golf with high level academics, many international elite players are playing at the collegiate level. With golfers from countries like Scotland, England, Sweden, South Africa and South Korea, the teams are very international and the competition level at tournaments is very high.
The main season starts in January and ends with the national championships in May. This means, you could play tournaments in Europe during summer break. The fall semester, on the other hand, is used for exhibition tournaments, so that you are able to keep playing throughout the year.
Usually the teams play 5-7 tournaments during both fall and spring semester. In spring, depending on the strength of the team, the tournaments of the post-season are added (Conference, Regionals and Nationals).
Golf | Florida International University
Hello team, thank you again for everything! That was really super fast. Within a few hours, I had many offers, the first of which was the FIU. I am very happy that you contacted me! I felt very well advised and looked after from the first minute! You are very familiar with the system and you have a large network of contacts to universities and coaches in America. I would recommend Scholarbook anytime! You’re doing a great job!
Golf | Duke University
“After graduating from high school, I really wanted to concentrate on sport and looked for ways in which I could still achieve academic security, as I think that’s very important. Since this is next to impossible in a reasonable way in Germany, I decided to study in the USA. In the beginning it was not easy to find a suitable university for me, as I had very high standards in many aspects. The search process quickly turned out to be complicated and difficult, especially given the large number of options. Thanks to the professional work of Scholarbook, however, I finally found my ideal university, I am very grateful for the help from start to finish.”
Golf | Georgia Regents University
“I feel very comfortable here, be it the university, the campus or the golf area! I have to say, I get along well with the teachers, but I have to look up a few vocabulary …
So far, I’ve got on well with everyday life, I cook my own food and wash my laundry and it doesn’t really matter to me – it’s all a question of organization!
My coach Kory Thompson is really nice! She demands a lot, but is still human and has helped me a lot with my papers. The golf team is also great, we compete at a high level and it’s really fun! The practice area is great – I can work a lot on my short game there, as they have different types of grass and many small greens to play on and everything is only accessible to the university team! And it’s just a great feeling to play the surrounding courts, many of them semi or completely private. And one is right next to Augusta National – so camera out! ?
The campus is really nice! Not too big and green and most of the classes are not more than 23 students, so the teacher knows you (he does anyway as an athlete & German). The accommodations are great too! I can ride my bike to the golf course as well as to the supermarket – and there is a shuttle to the university! There is also a swimming pool in the residential area. In the apartment everyone has their own room and the kitchen is also relatively well equipped with a stove, micro, oven, etc.
On the whole, I can really recommend the university! My coach is also explicitly looking for European players and I would be really happy about a higher German quota or at least European here – so let’s promote it !!!”
Golf | University Of The Cumberlands
“I’ve been here at the University of the Cumberlands for about 5 weeks now and have felt at home since day one. Finding friends wasn’t a problem at all because everyone here is very open and also tries to make friends and make new acquaintances. My coach and my team are already like a small family to me and the girls and boys from my team are my best friends here, with whom I spend the most time. I really enjoy the training and the tournaments, even if it’s often a lot, because we are on the road for several hours every day or stay in hotels for several days when we travel for tournaments, but if the time management is right, you get that simply regulated. I settled in very well and didn’t need a lot of time to get used to everything, the change wasn’t that big and definitely easier than I expected. I don’t have any problems at university either. I expected that I might have a bit of trouble switching from German to English, but that wasn’t difficult either; the campus is much more beautiful than it appeared in the pictures. The buildings and the mountain views are beautiful. Looking back, I am very grateful to Scholarbook, because without her I would never have found out about this university and would probably not be here now. They always supported me in everything, stood by my side with words and deeds and, for example, relieved me of a lot of paperwork and thus simplified the whole process.”
As clarified before, the level of play is very high. Male golfers should have a round average of at least 76 in the season before they plan to go to the USA. On the Women’s side an average of 82 is sufficient. The handicap is often not relevant for the US Coaches.
But don’t worry! There are also good chances to get financial support with a higher round average. That’s why every player gets an individual chance assessment from our Scholarbook golf expert Frederik Schulte:
“As a former men’s national player and team mate of Martin Kaymer, who by the way also played college golf for 3.5 years, I can assess your chances very well and will look for the best college for you. The process is very individual and is mainly based on a good cooperation, because only if I learn as much as possible about you, I can take this into account when searching for the best college for you”.
Frederik Schulte, Scholarbook golf expert
|74 and better||90 – 100%|
|79 and better||70 – 90%|
|85 and better||50 – 70%|
|90 and better||Junior College|
|72 and better||90 – 100%|
|74,5 and better||70 – 90%|
|78 and better||50 – 70%|
|82 and better||Junior College|