The impact of coronavirus on women’s college golf recruiting
To find out how women’s golf recruiting has/will be affected by the coronavirus pandemic, check this page for updates. We will continue to update this information as it becomes available.
The NCAA recruiting rules are now different for each division level. NCAA D1 will return to normal recruiting rules on June 1, 2021. As of September 1, 2020, NCAA D2 and D3 have already resumed the regular recruiting rules. Stay on top of the latest news involving the extra year of eligibility for college athletes and how it impacts recruiting. See our full coronavirus resources section.
- Read more about USGA’s response to COVID-19.
Your guide to getting recruited for women’s golfs
Maybe you’re a top golfer who already has a national ranking. Or maybe you’ve just begun your recruiting journey and are unsure of where to start. When it comes to women’s college golf, there are several competitive opportunities across the divisions, from NCAA Division 1 to junior college, where student-athletes can find their college match.
But getting there isn’t easy. Recruits need to build a list of realistic schools, create an online profile and swing video, contact college coaches and compete in the right tournaments if they want to be successful. More importantly, they need to know what scores and tournament experience coaches look for, as well understand the NCAA golf recruiting rules, to establish relationships with coaches.
Beyond athletics, there are several important factors that go into making the college decision, such as academics, cost, school size and campus life. Remember that recruiting is a two-way street. Your interest in the program and academic preferences matter just as much as getting a verbal offer. This college golf recruiting guide is designed to provide clarity on the complicated aspects of the process, helping you at every step of your recruiting journey.
Develop a clear understanding of the NCAA women’s golf recruiting rules and calendar
One of the most challenging parts of the recruiting process is knowing when college coaches are actively recruiting student-athletes. The NCAA issues a recruiting calendar each academic year that regulates when and how coaches can talk to recruits. For college golf recruiting, contact starts June 15 after sophomore year. However, depending on the division level, many coaches will evaluate athletes before this point, while others continue to reach out well into senior year. This section breaks down the recruiting rules and calendar, so you can have a better understanding of how coaches at the different division levels approach it.
Determine what division level is right for you with the golf recruiting guidelines
Every coach has a specific set of criteria they look for when recruiting student-athletes. Scores and national tournament results are the most important factors they consider. Knowing where you fit in athletically and how you can make an impact will help you build a realistic list of target schools. This section provides an in-depth look at what qualifications are needed at each level and highlights the steps you can take to get on a coach’s radar.
How to get a women’s college golf scholarship
Women’s golf is considered an equivalency sport, meaning coaches receive a pool of scholarship money to distribute to athletes on their team. To make the most of their funds, coaches will award several athletes with partial scholarships, which means full rides are relatively rare. Student-athletes who want to secure a golf scholarship first need to understand what financial aid opportunities are available at each division level.
How to get recruited to play golf in college
Despite what you may think, college coaches don’t simply “discover” student-athletes. High school golfers who are successful in their recruiting journey put in the work. They know what scores are needed to play at each level, where coaches recruit, when to reach out and how to build an online profile and swing video. This section breaks down the most important steps in the recruiting process, so families know exactly what to do—and when.
Find women’s golf tournaments and camps to gain exposure
To find the best junior golfers in the country, college coaches first turn their attention to national tournaments. There are thousands of events each year—from national tours to state golf associations—that can help you garner coach interest, improve your national ranking and help you qualify for elite events. This section breaks down the different kinds of camps and tournaments you should have on your radar throughout your recruiting journey—and how to pick the right one.
Search the complete list of colleges with women’s golf
From NCAA Division 1 to junior college, each division has something to offer. But when it comes to finding the best college match, there are several factors families need to think about, such as academics, campus life and college costs. For example, many of the top golf programs are situated in popular golf states, including Florida, Arizona, Texas, California and South Carolina. Even more, some divisions offer more balance and free time than others.
Best women’s golf colleges and golf recruiting websites
While NCSA provides student-athletes with in-depth recruiting education, there are several golf resources that families can also use to learn more about college golf. Websites like Junior Golf Scoreboard and the United States Golf Association (USGA) can keep you informed about news and major events in the women’s golf community. For women’s college golf rankings, student-athletes can view the NCSA’s Power Rankings, or Golf Stat.