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How do I get a golf scholarship in America?

U.S college golf is arguably more popular than ever, especially as it produced the majority of golfers on the PGA Tour, which means it is a really attractive option for many talented student-athletes worldwide. Naturally this means competition for places can be extremely high, which is why using a recruitment consultancy like U.S Sports Scholarships can give you a real advantage. To increase your chances of securing the best scholarship possible it is also important that you have strong golf and academic credentials. Key elements of the process that can impact how successful you are in securing a scholarship include; your academic qualifications, entrance exam scores, competition placements and swing highlights. Below we have given you the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about securing a golf scholarship in America. To find out more about the golf scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Golf Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. If this is of interest please complete our free online application now.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have given you the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about securing a golf scholarship in America.

What is an U.S athletic golf scholarship?

An athletic golf scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend a U.S college or university awarded to an individual based on their academic and athletic capabilities. A golf scholarship can cover anywhere between 0-100% of costs and these offers are authorised by the coaches at American colleges/universities.

What determines how much scholarship I get in the USA?

Your scholarship will depend on many factors including your playing ability and academic standing, as well as your coaches assigned budget for the season. However, don’t worry it is our job to ensure that we find you an American college which best suits your preferences and capabilities. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 a year all in and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $38,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $12,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the field and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards.

Can I receive a full 100% golf scholarship in the USA?

The level of scholarship granted is fundamentally dependent on what the coach of the American college wants to offer. A 100% scholarship or ‘full ride’ covers the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, and textbooks, leaving only incidental costs to pay for the student-athlete. In this case, 100% of the costs are covered and it can be worth up to a staggering $400,000 over four years. At U.S Sports Scholarships, one in every four of our athletes will receive a full scholarship.

Can a golfer go on to play on the USPGA Tour after graduating from University?

When you think of golf, you think of legends such as Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Paul Casey, or Russell Knox. Around 65% of the professionals currently on the USPGA Tour used to play collegiate golf in the States. Did you know collegiate golf is thought to be the best route to a pro golf career because of several factors, including intense competition. Playing week in and week out against some of the best amateur golfers in the world and on world class golf courses such as TPC Sawgrass, Pebble Beach and Augusta National.

How do I find out more about U.S Golf Scholarships?

To find out more about the golf scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Golf Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. If this is of interest please complete our free online application now.

Example Golf Highlight Video

US collegiate golf coaches will be looking for a variety of things from your highlight video. Technique, form and consistency are all key. It is our responsibility to ensure that your highlights showcase your ability in the optimal way. Please see an example golf video below:

Vanessa attended the University of Alabama on a golf scholarship and left with a BSc in Sport and Fitness Management with a view to playing golf professionally. She played on Tour in the US and Europe before now helping the next generation of college stars.

VANESSA BELL
GOLF SPECIALIST

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Andy Cunningham - US Golf Scholarships

Andy heads up our Golf Scholarships programme using his vast network to help find and place players. Andy represented Suffolk from 16 up to 1st team level. He has also played for bucks university 1st team. He currently plays off scratch at Bury St Edmunds Golf Club.

ANDY CUNNINGHAM
HEAD OF GOLF RECRUITMENT

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James spent two excellent years at top NCAA D2 side Carson Newman University studying for his master’s degree in Physical Education,  joining a side that previously went to the national final the year prior to joining. James excelled both in the classroom and on the field.

JAMES WARD
SOUTH WEST REGIONAL MANAGER

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What are the chances of getting a golf scholarship?

If you are aged between 18-24, in education or have been in the last 2 years and have a clean criminal record whilst playing golf at a competitive level, you are well positioned to become a successful U.S Sports Scholarships applicant. However, only the best young golfers will be considered for a golf scholarship by coaches so ideally you will play off a handicap of 5 or better by the time you’re ready to leave for America. To be considered for a sporting scholarship to one of the top universities in America an athlete should be pushing themselves to compete in the top national tournaments, this will show college coaches that the athlete/player is ready to compete at a high level in the USA.

Why use a recruitment consultancy like U.S Sports Scholarships

U.S Sports Scholarships is like no other service provider in the world in that we only offer 50 places on our recruitment programme each year to ensure that every single player receives the necessary time and personal attention to take them through the complex process of finding a suitable school in America; helping them secure the best possible financial package. To help achieve this, each player is assigned their own designated representative who is with them every step of the way. If you think you have what it takes to play and study in the USA on a golf scholarship, please complete our free online application now.

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