Golf Scholarships

When you think of golf, you think of legends such as Tiger Woods, Danny Willett (FirstPoint Alumni), Luke Donald, Paul Casey, or Russell Knox (FirstPoint Alumni). 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, Augusta National and many more.

If you’re looking for a route to develop your golfing abilities and academics, Golf scholarships are ideal for achieving your goals. Golf Scholarships are awarded by universities and colleges to very talented golfers, which allows the athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches and national championships.

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To date, we've sent over 35,000 young men and women to the US. Securing over £300 million in scholarship awards and finding a place for every single qualifying applicant.

Every year, thousands of student-athletes and their families come face-to-face with the difficult challenge of securing a scholarship to an American university. What they often discover is that navigating university options is stressful enough, and adding sports into the mix brings it to a whole new level.

Even for those who do a little recruiting homework, they are often left with more questions, very few simple answers and an uneasy feeling they are somehow falling behind.

At FirstPoint, we understand what you’re going through. Many of us have experienced first-hand what the scholarship recruiting experience is like—as players and as coaches. And that experience, combined with our advanced online technology, expansive college coach network and proven recruiting methods, helps thousands of student-athletes and their families take control of their recruiting experience.

Whether you are a first-year high school student or a national ranked athlete, FirstPoint helps take the stress of uncertainty out of your scholarship journey by putting a plan in place to help you find your best university options in the USA.

Frequently Asked Questions

Not all colleges that are eligible to offer scholarships will choose to do so. For example, Ivy League universities do not to offer athletic scholarships.  Golf is an equivalency sport which means all scholarships are not full scholarships. For example, in NCAA D1, men’s golf coaches can divide the value of the 4.5 scholarships available to them between as many players as they see fit.

  • NCAA Division I has 294 colleges offering 4.5 Scholarships per team
  • NCAA Division II has 200 colleges offering 3.6 Scholarships per team
  • NCAA Division III has 277 colleges with athletic scholarships unavailable
  • NAIA has 275 colleges offering 5 Scholarships per team
  • NJCAA (Junior College) has 241 colleges offering 8 Scholarships per team

Earning a golf scholarship is more than just about shooting low scores; it’s about shooting the scores in the right tournaments. Don’t expect to be found just because you are playing in tournaments. Our Talent Management Team make the effort to get in contact with college golf coaches and continually update them when you have significant tournament results to report. 

Coaches will only come to your tournaments once we have established contact and proven you are an active recruit. Often, coaches are very particular about the tournaments they visit, so be prepared to go to those tournaments first. 

With golf being a non-revenue sport, having good academics will help open-up more opportunities. The more universities you can qualify for academically, the higher your chance will be of earning a scholarship. 

College golf coaches want to recruit athletes who have great potential and strong fundamentals. Showing your potential goes beyond just playing golf. 

The academic requirements for what a college golf coach is looking for varies based on university and division level. 

These are the general guidelines for what coaches look for in a golfer. If you fall outside of these general requirements it is still possible to play at that level, but there will be fewer opportunities.

  • Driving Distance
    • 270+ Yards in NCAA DI
    • 260+ Yardsin NCAA DII
    • 260+ Yards in NCAA DIII / NAIA
    • 250+ Yards in NJCAA (Junior College)
  • Putts Per Round
    • Under 30 in NCAA DI
    • Under 32 in NCAA DII
    • Under 34 in NCAA DIII / NAIA
    • Under 34 in NJCAA (Junior College)
  • Scrambling
    • 50% in NCAA DI
    • 45% in NCAA DII
    • 40% in NCAA DIII / NAIA
    • 35% in NJCAA (Junior College)
  • Top finishes at national, regional and county levels
  • Summer golf schedule consists of national, regional, county, and multiple local tournament wins
  • Average scores from courses over 6,800 yards
    • Low End: 65
    • High End: 75
  • Competes at national, regional, and county levels
  • Summer golf schedule consists of national, regional, county, and multiple local tournament wins
  • Average scores from courses over 6,800 yards
    • Low End: 67
    • High End: 77
  • Competes in regional, county, and local tournaments
  • Summer golf schedule consists of regional and golf tournament participation and high finishes in local tournaments
  • Average scores from courses over 6,700 yards
    • Low End: 68
    • High End: 79
  • Competes in local tournaments
  • Summer golf schedule consist of high finishes in local level tournaments
  • Average Scores from courses over 6,600 yards
    • Low End – 70
    • High End – 83
  • Competes in local tournaments
  • Average Scores from courses over 6,600 yards
    • Low End – 68
    • High End – 85

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