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#1 Clark

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 01:39 AM

I had played for a D3 golf team in the North East, not including me the next best 3 players were mid to high 80's and the cut line for the team was 95. I had been told that the program was serious and competitive. Allow me to tell you what practice composed of.

Once a month mandatory Friday afternoon practice which includes an hour at the gym and a short conference.
Practices were an "e-mail" of what you've done and for how long.

I understand that golf is something most people do on their own, but D3 golf is a joke... Only plus side was the semi decent golf tee, free membership to a club and free tourneys...

I don't know whether or not I am going to play next year, seems that I'd do better playing the weekly tournaments at the club or golf association...


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Posted 05 December 2009 - 07:46 AM

You can't generalize about D3 golf like that.  Many schools have serious teams.  My son looked at McDaniel College for example and everyone on the team shoots from low 70's to low 80's.  Extensive daily practices fall and spring.  Etc.
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 12:15 AM

Depends where you are, too.  My cousin went down to Florida to play for a D3 school.  Very competitive, very good group of players.  I was going to play for my college before I ended up transfering out, but they take it very seriously (even though most of the guys aren't very good) and the goal is to improve the teams golf game.  They also got a 60% discount off of Titleist equipment, which now looking back on it, makes me wonder if that discount included SC stuff and if they would be able to find me a pro platinum that has been un-molested.

Right now I'm at a community college (financial reasons lead me to transfer out of my 4 year college :() and I think I will probably transfer back to my old college once I've got my Associate's Degree.  My favorite teacher is there, my friends are there and they have a golf team that I could definitely get on and do well.
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 12:45 AM

Some DIII schools are quite legit.  Look no further than schools like Methodist and Ogelthorpe, who would put a hurting on a lot of DI schools.  

If you want to play for a real team, take your results and your transcript and get in contact with some other coaches.
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Posted 09 December 2009 - 12:46 AM

Funny ,

I thought someone was disppointed with a Titelist D3 driver .....


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Posted 20 January 2010 - 09:21 PM

View PostPreppySlapCut, on 09 December 2009 - 12:45 AM, said:

Some DIII schools are quite legit.  Look no further than schools like Methodist and Ogelthorpe, who would put a hurting on a lot of DI schools.  

If you want to play for a real team, take your results and your transcript and get in contact with some other coaches.


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Posted 20 January 2010 - 11:11 PM

My gf played d3. The school last time I checked was in the top 25 for mens golf and top 75 for women. So my advice to you is look for an xfer or just get better

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Posted 24 January 2010 - 05:20 PM

You do have to look around..golf is not a well funded program at most schools.

D3 programs I am aware of are Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA, Berry College in Rome GA (moved from NAIA), and LaGrange College in LaGrange GA...their traveling players post scores in the 72-78 range with team scores 290-310.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 03:59 PM

St. John Fischer, Skidmore - there are great NE golf programs at D3.  I coach a D3 team that's brand new and we plan to be up there soon.

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Posted 29 January 2010 - 05:03 PM

I really think you are misinformed about DIII golf. Did you not check the scores of the team before you decided to play there? It's pretty easy to do using either the school's website of golfstat.com. There are some hot spots for DIII: the Southeast, Texas, and Southern California. Try looking at schools in those areas and you will find teams that shoot around par a lot of the time.


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Posted 29 January 2010 - 08:50 PM

View PostEzgolfer, on 09 December 2009 - 12:46 AM, said:

Funny ,

I thought someone was disppointed with a Titelist D3 driver .....

Haha +1 I had the exact same thought when opening this thread.

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Posted 05 February 2010 - 07:23 PM

I played DIII golf for 3 years at a school in Wisconsin and I can tell you that is very competitive.  Yes, there are some teams out there that simply can't compete.  However, DIII golf is very competitive.  In fact, there is really no difference between the good DIII teams and good DII teams.  The tryout at my school was 55-60 guys every year competing for 6 or 7 spots.  Our top guys would shoot upper 60's to low 70's in practice and usually shot right around 300 in most tournaments. Sounds to me like you just went to a school where golf is not taken very seriously, not funded very well, or simply has a poor coach who doesn't put in any time.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 07:44 AM

kvallstar, which Wisconsin school?

I'm a proud UW-Eau Claire alum & my school has a fine golf tradition including a DIII National Championship in 2001

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 08:21 AM

View PostEzgolfer, on 09 December 2009 - 12:46 AM, said:

Funny ,

I thought someone was disppointed with a Titelist D3 driver .....

LOL, me too. I'm bout to pull the trigger on a D3 with whiteboard.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 09:04 AM

The OP couldn't be more off base.  I guarantee you probably would have a tough time making Methodist's team which is D3.  This is your own fault by not doing more research about the team, plain and simple.


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Posted 11 May 2010 - 02:56 PM

Ezgolfer and Glfmn,  

I too was confused - genuinely believing that it was a discussion about a swingweight of D3. Living in the UK (this forum is read all over the world) we have absolutely no idea what  D3 golf is! None whatsoever.  Golf is largely passed over here at both school and university.

Avid students of golf (like me) read EVERYTHING about golf  and it's very frustrating not being able to understand what is being said.  

Where terms are only understood in your own country then explaining those terms in a preamble would be greatly appreciated.  And, you Swedish plonkers who post on www.incepta.ca in Swedish please try and be more sociable.  

Golf is a worldwide sport bringing players of all nations together in friendship. Please let us all try to communicate more effectively.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 03:27 PM

I played DIII back in the early 1980s in Michigan.  We had three good players, which at the time meant that we all shot in the 70s, and three guys who couldn't break 90.........I played 3 years at that school, was 5th, 1st, and 2nd in those three years in my conference, got to play in the DIII national championship that one year.  What amazes me now is how good DIII is in general, to win the conference I played in, I would have to average shooting about 4-6 shots lower than I did back in the day...
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Posted 11 May 2010 - 03:45 PM

View Postsanderslongdrive, on 11 May 2010 - 02:56 PM, said:

Ezgolfer and Glfmn,

I too was confused - genuinely believing that it was a discussion about a swingweight of D3. Living in the UK (this forum is read all over the world) we have absolutely no idea what D3 golf is! None whatsoever. Golf is largely passed over here at both school and university.

Avid students of golf (like me) read EVERYTHING about golf and it's very frustrating not being able to understand what is being said.

Where terms are only understood in your own country then explaining those terms in a preamble would be greatly appreciated. And, you Swedish plonkers who post on www.incepta.ca in Swedish please try and be more sociable.

Golf is a worldwide sport bringing players of all nations together in friendship. Please let us all try to communicate more effectively.

It seems to me that it being in the Collegiate Golf Talk Forum should have provided some clarification. No?
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Posted 12 July 2010 - 09:26 AM

Wesley college in dover DE is pretty serious as well all starters shoot in the 70s to qualify to start b squad all 80s. madatory practices 6 days a week. Ever try to two put a down the hill 40 foot putt. After running sprints in golf shoes because you 3 putted it. and everyone had to run because of you. Pressure is great.

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Posted 26 July 2010 - 04:11 PM

damn- I play NAIA and mid 70s means you're not playingn top 5... you had better be high 60's low 70's to be playing here... we consistently do well in our conference however... not uncommon to see some kids from other teams get to the high 80's and low 90's... their programs are jokes, though


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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:19 PM

I was expecting a lengthy review about the titleist driver and how it didnt live up to expectations lol

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Posted 22 August 2010 - 09:21 PM

View PosttaylormadeBRAD, on 22 August 2010 - 09:19 PM, said:

I was expecting a lengthy review about the titleist driver and how it didnt live up to expectations lol

haha same, had I known it was this I wouldn't have bothered clicking

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Posted 07 October 2010 - 12:59 PM

It just takes more research. There are great D3 and Junior Colleges out there that have PGA Tour alumni, you have to look into transfering.

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:09 PM

View PostEzgolfer, on 09 December 2009 - 12:46 AM, said:

Funny ,

I thought someone was disppointed with a Titelist D3 driver .....


HAHA, i came to this post because I thought the same thing!:rolleyes:

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Posted 18 December 2010 - 12:45 PM

I played DIII a few years ago, and my school played in the same conference as Methodist. They compete against DI schools most of the year, the only legit DIII tournament they played in all year was in our conference championship, where they're players went 1-2-3 if I remember right.

My school had very promising players before we got to tournaments, but unfortunately it was better for us to play with my broken knuckle than have our 6th man play in the tournament (which sadly ruined my stroke avg and about every other stat in the last two events). But we still practised every single day, had competitive practise, and access to an amazing golf course that they kept in great condition.

Shouldn't be knocking DIII golf, just complain about your own school specifically. Look at transferring (and look at who the top 30-40 schools are if you want more competitiveness) and you might enjoy it more if your there just for the golf.


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Posted 22 December 2010 - 11:24 AM

I played DIII in Michigan in the 90s and we had a range from guys would shoot low 70s to mid 80s.  It is the nature of D3 Sports - no scholarships.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 12:01 PM

I am currently playing at a DIII school in so cal, and we are competitive with the school in our area, but we dont take it nearly as seriously as DII or DI schools.

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Posted 22 December 2010 - 01:23 PM

I currently play at a DIII, and I also agree that you can't generalize like that. Our team practices every day of every week during season. Our tournaments are won with low 70's or high 60's. There are crazy good players in DIII. Just because they didn't choose to go D1 doesn't mean much. Performance is everything. A lot of people go to DIII for a great education, and if their golf develops enough they can go on to play at a D1 after two years. Just a matter of preference.

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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:03 PM

I live in CT and I'm a senior. I checked out some schools for golf around here and noticed what you experienced. Then look at a school like Methodist that is usually top in D III and would give plenty of D I schools problems. Maybe look around and think about transferring.
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Posted 11 January 2011 - 09:15 PM

View PostClark, on 05 December 2009 - 01:39 AM, said:

I had played for a D3 golf team in the North East, not including me the next best 3 players were mid to high 80's and the cut line for the team was 95. I had been told that the program was serious and competitive. Allow me to tell you what practice composed of.

Once a month mandatory Friday afternoon practice which includes an hour at the gym and a short conference.
Practices were an "e-mail" of what you've done and for how long.

I understand that golf is something most people do on their own, but D3 golf is a joke... Only plus side was the semi decent golf tee, free membership to a club and free tourneys...

I don't know whether or not I am going to play next year, seems that I'd do better playing the weekly tournaments at the club or golf association...

any golf team or school that takes their golf seriously would not be located in the northeast.

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