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Men’s  Golf Recruiting Guidelines

(Based on the results of a study completed by NCSA Recruiting Network)

General Expectations for Golfers, by Division

Division I

  • Top-Tier DI
    • Handicap: Scratch or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 72 or under
    • Success at National Tournaments, such as the AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
    • Competes in State and Local Tournaments
  • Lower-Tier DI
    • Handicap: 1 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 73 or better
    • Competes in National Tournaments, such as the AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
    • Competes in State and Local Tournaments

Division II

  • All Tiers
    • Handicap: 2 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 74 or better
    • Competes in National Tournaments, such as the AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
    • Competes in State and Local Tournaments
  • Some DII coaches require DI standards


Division III

  • All Tiers
    • Handicap: 3 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 75 or better
    • Competes in State and Local Tournaments
    • Preferably competes in Tournaments, such as the AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
  • Some DIII coaches require DI standards

NAIA

  • Top Tier NAIA
    • Handicap: 2 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 74 or better
    • Competes in National Tournaments, such as AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
    • Competes in State and Local Tournaments
  • Lower Tier NAIA
    • Handicap: 3 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 75 or better
    • Competes in State and Local Tournaments
    • Preferred Tournaments, such as AJGA, FCWT, USGA
  • Some NAIA coaches require DI standards

*According to the NCSA Recruiting Network, the average golfer recruited to play in college has a handicap of (1), an 18-hole average of 72.5, and a GPA of 3.37. These golfers also compete in national tournaments such as AJGA, FCWT, and USGA, along with state and local tournaments.

Preferred Grades for All Divisions:
3.0 GPA

24 ACT

1000 SAT (on 1600 point scale)
(No scores needed for underclassmen)

Men’s College Golf Recruiting Statistics

Schools with Men’s Golf Programs

  • Division I: 303
  • Division II: 215
  • Division III: 288
  • NAIA: 181
  • Junior College: 216
  • Total: 1,203

Average # of Athletic Scholarships, per school:

  • Division I:  4.5
  • Division II:  3.6
  • NAIA: 5
  • NJCAA (varied by school): 8

Total Student-Athlete Population, by Division

  • Division I: 2,698
  • Division II: 2,234
  • Division III: 3,097
  • NAIA: 1,455
  • Junior College: 1,734
  • High School Student-Athletes:  157,062 

women’s college golf Recruiting Guidelines

(Based on the results of a study completed by NCSA Recruiting Network)

General Expectations for Golfers, by Division

Division I

  • Top-Tier DI
    • Handicap: 5 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 78 or better
    • Competes on courses of 6000+ yards
    • Competes in national tournaments such as the AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
    • Competes in state and local tournaments
  • Lower-Tier DI
    • Handicap: 8 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 82 or better
    • Competes in national tournaments such as the AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
    • Competes in state and local tournaments

Division II

  • All Tiers
    • Handicap: 10 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 85 or better
    • Preferably competes in national tournaments such as the AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
    • Competes in state and local tournaments
  • Some DII coaches require DI standards

Division III

  • All Tiers
    • Handicap: 15 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 95 or better
    • Competes in state and local tournaments
    • Preferably competes in tournaments such as the AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
  • Some DIII coaches require DI standards

NAIA

  • Top Tier NAIA
    • Handicap: 10 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 85 or better
    • Preferably competes in national tournaments such as AJGA, FCWT, and USGA
    • Competes in state and local tournaments
  • Lower Tier NAIA
    • Handicap: 15 or better
    • 18 Hole Average: 95 or better
    • Competes in state and local tournaments
    • Preferably competes in tournaments such as AJGA, FCWT, USGA
  • Some NAIA coaches require DI standards

*According to the NCSA Recruiting Network, the average golfer recruited to play in college has a handicap of (1), an 18-hole average of 83.7, and a GPA of 3.42. These golfers also compete in national tournaments such as AJGA, FCWT, and USGA, along with state and local tournaments.

Preferred Grades for All Divisions:
3.0 GPA

24 ACT

1000 SAT (on 1600 point scale)
(No scores needed for underclassmen)

Women’s College Golf Recruiting Statistics

Schools with Women’s Golf Programs

  • Division I: 256
  • Division II: 144
  • Division III: 168
  • NAIA: 140
  • Junior College: 93
  • Total: 801

Average # of Athletic Scholarships, per school:

  • Division I:  6
  • Division II:  5.4
  • NAIA: 5
  • NJCAA (varied by school): 8

Total Student-Athlete Population, by Division

  • Division I: 2,085
  • Division II: 1,020
  • Division III: 1,203
  • NAIA: 311
  • Junior College: 311
  • High School Student-Athletes:  69,223

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