CTgolf, on 05 March 2018 - 10:15 AM, said:
iteachgolf, on 04 March 2018 - 08:51 PM, said:
What do you think the bar should be? A scoring average of 75 in high level junior golf would put you ranked around 1,000 in JGS. Those numbers would make you around a +3 handicap if your home course is rated similar to most junior golf events.
There's 301 D1 men's programs and 225 D2 men's programs. That's 2,164.5 scholarships available in men's golf. And doesn't include NAIA golf.
That scholarship total is for the entire team? So basically 25% of that total for each year (or roughly 540)?
JGS rankings for class of 2018 show scoring differential of +3 over par around #800.
I would guess the vast majority of home courses junior golfers play at are nowhere near the difficulty of championship venues. And even if they were, comparing your home course (which you know like the back of your hand and have played hundreds or thousands of times) vs an unfamiliar track in tournament conditions (with the requisite pressure) seems to me like 1-4 strokes is too little a differential.
Couple things: a 75 scoring average wonít have a +3 differential on JGS. The scoring differential is based on the rating of the golf course which averages around 73.5 in most decently ranked junior events. That means a scoring average of 75 will give you a differential of about 1.5. Not 3
I donít know where you play or what you consider ďchampionship venuesĒ. The junior events here, and Iím taking AJGA and FJT, are all at the same courses these kids play all the time. Difficulty level is about the same or harder
on their home courses vs tournament venues. If you shoot more than 4 shots worse per round in tournaments than tournament golf likely isnít for you. Every kid thatís the least bit serious is playing practice rounds, so the courses arenít unfamiliar.
Thatís 540 FULL scholarships. Very few full rides are given. A ton of 25-50% scholarships are given which means itís more like 1,000-2,000 scholarships a year. And again thatís NOT including NAIA golf which allows an addition 4.5 scholarships per team. A player ranked 800 in JGS will absolutely 100% have scholarship offers in golf. Anyone top 1,200 will have scholarship offers available, just maybe not to the school of their choice.