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Women’s Golf Recruiting 101

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Women’s golf is one of the fastest growing sports being added to college athletic programs. This means women golfers are in high demand and a lot of scholarship money can be found if you can make the grade along with the par.

So where should you begin your golf recruiting path?

Research colleges with women’s golf programs.

It’s important to note that 70 percent of women’s golf opportunities lie outside of Division I. While it’s great to have DI aspirations, it’s really important not to let those limit your opportunity to play golf at the next level, especially if DI golf isn’t really realistic for your grades and ability.

Start researching the 868 schools that offer women’s golf, and keep an open mind when it comes to schools you may not have considered.

Put together a stand-out highlight reel.

This is a rule of thumb for all aspiring collegiate student-athletes, and women’s golf is no different.

Women’s golf programs are often small, leaving coaches with even smaller budgets. This means most of their recruiting is done online, as they cannot pay to travel across the country to watch prospects compete in high school or AJGA, FCET, and USGA tournaments.

For guidelines on exactly what coaches are looking for in a highlight reel, check out our complete guide here.

You can’t just make the birdie, you have to make the grade.

While it’s important to be working on your handicap, if you’re grades aren’t up to par, nothing else will matter.

Because so many women’s golf scholarships lie outside of Division I, there’s a good chance the money a college golf coach can offer you will be based on your academics. Use the summer to get ahead, and come the first day of school, make sure your teachers know you are in class to do whatever it takes to be in-line with expectations, be a good student, and are open to extra credit and/or doing anything you can to shine throughout the semester. A nice stroke helps, but your grades will keep you on the course in college.

If you have more specific questions about your path to golfing in college, our scouts can help. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.