How good do I have to be to play D1 college golf?d1 college golf junior tournaments washington huskies
Posted 04 August 2012 - 07:58 PM
About 7-8 strokes better.
Posted 05 August 2012 - 11:15 PM
As a 4.6, your only realistic shot is to look at D2 and D3 schools.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:26 PM
You don't have to play at a D1 school to make a career out of golf, just be good
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 12:58 PM
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 04:18 PM
The fact that you don't have to be posting scores in the mid-60's like some would have you believe in order to play D1 golf is absolutely true...BUT...be careful in looking at college scoring and thinking "I could beat those guys every day!" IMO, there is a large gap between HS/Junior golf and college golf...lots of factors contribute...moving away from home...learning to live on your own...juggling school and golf...learning to travel...playing on new, tougher golf courses...different grasses/styles of courses than home...college golf is played in the fall and spring, which means plenty of poor weather...
Obviously none of this is an excuse for high scoring, but a 75 in a HS event and a 75 in a college event are not the same thing...from my experience that is...so take it for what it's worth!
Posted 21 August 2012 - 05:40 PM
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:15 PM
check out the scoring differential of the players. This the average difference of their score compared to the USGA rating of the courses they played in their tournaments. So if they have a -2.0, and USGA rating is 73, they would, on avg, shoot 71. This will give you a pretty good idea of what you have to shoot to play at various levels, though it is not an exhaustive list....If you sort by rank, it will pretty much be in scoring order low to high, although only 85% of the ranking is based on scoring.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 07:27 PM
Below par will get you looks from the top D1 programs. They will identify top Sophmores and begin tracking them. They will be locked in on certain players during their junior year and sign them in the fall signing period of the golfers senior year.
72-75 will get you looks from top level D2/NAIA/D3 and D1 say 50-100. This group starts finding juniors who are not on the radar of above schools, or who were on the radar but slipped off. Sometimes these teams steal a kid from above, because the golfer wants a chance to play as a freshman. Try to find a school that meets your needs and allows you a chance to play early.
75-79 still leaves hundreds of small college and D1 programs to play golf for and have a good experience.
Edited by generaljhc, 22 August 2012 - 07:28 PM.
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 01:47 AM
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Posted 23 August 2012 - 08:21 AM
I never played tournament golf in high school as my school did not have a team. However, I was my clubs junior champion going into my senior year of high school. While my handicap was around a 6 at the time, my competitive scores were much better. I always played better under pressure.
Once I chose the school I wanted to go to (D1), I contacted the golf coach. He walked me through the process to walk onto the team. I was excited but unfortunately the tryouts were not until October. (2 months after the start of school)
So being a freshmen at an urban school with nowhere to practice, my game was rusty for the tryout. I believe I shot an 82 on a very difficult course and was told i was 2 strokes shy from making the team. I was disappointed because i didn't play well and still almost made the team. If I was able to practice leading up to the tryout, I most likely would have made the team. So the keys I would recommend to you are:
1) Don't worry about your handicap as it really is meaningless to a college coach. However try to consistently shoot low scores (mid 70's) on unfamiliar courses.
2) Play as much competitive golf as you can to try and get noticed by a scout so you don't have to walk on, however this will limit your choice of schools.
3) Choose the school you want to go to first and contact the golf coach to find out if they allow walk on’s.
4) Find a place to practice once you get to school so that your game is in prime condition to compete if there is a tryout.
Good luck. I would have loved to play college golf and it is great that you are getting an early start to find out the best way to get there.
Edited by wfrogg, 23 August 2012 - 08:22 AM.
Posted 23 August 2012 - 10:31 AM