In the last blog I talked about NCAA Division I and II golf scholarships. The competition can be fierce at some of the top programs. However, many women will also have an opportunity at some of the Division III, NJCAA and NAIA programs.
NCAA Division III programs are not permitted to offer athletic scholarships. Division III coaches do recruit and offer academic and need based scholarships. If you have good grades the university may be willing to offer financial assistance to play on the golf team.
I was employed at a course in Pennsylvania where a Division III university practiced and played daily. The average tournament score on the team was around 95. The teams number one player would shoot anywhere from 75 to 85. To encourage participation, the team had girls who started playing golf while attending the university. It is not a prerequisite to be a scratch golfer to play golf at the collegiate level.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Junior College Athletic Association are two other opportunities to play collegiate golf. This brings me to my next point. Some schools have unused scholarships. Many women do not know about the scholarship opportunities at these institutions. This is an outstanding opportunity to play golf at the collegiate level while working towards a degree.
There are also many other types of golf scholarships available. Check with the PGA of America, state golf associations, National Minority Junior Golf Scholarship Association/Tiger Woods Foundation, LPGA Scholarship Foundation and The AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association Scholarships just to name a few opportunities. Often golf courses have some type of scholarship assistance program. If you research the topic you will find many fantastic scholarship opportunities.
To learn more about school and individual rankings in women’s golf please visit the following sites:
(Division I school, individual, girls and women’s amateur golf rankings)