When you begin to explore playing golf at the next level, it is important to find the college that is the perfect fit for you. There are almost 2,000 collegiate golf programs in the United States across the NCAA’s three divisions, the NAIA, and the NJCAA, each organization with a different set of requirements in terms of academics and playing ability. There are many factors that go into choosing the right college, aside from its golfing reputation. It is necessary to research different schools that interest you to learn about each campus’ environment, as well as what they have to offer students academically and athletically.
As you discover the schools that you want to play for, reach out to the golf coaches early in your high school career so you can build relationships before it is time to make a decision on where you will go. This also helps you gauge the interest schools have in you and gives you a sense of the requirements you will need to meet in order to gain admission. The better you play in tournaments at the junior level, and the better you do in school, the easier to open up doors to potential scholarships and a spot on a top collegiate team.