Ok, so it’s one of the most popular beliefs in the college recruiting world, especially when it comes to women’s golf scholarships. We have all seen the article floating around that there are hundreds of women’s golf scholarships that go unused every year and there is so much money available for a girl who can play golf. After working in the college recruiting world for over 9 years now, I can attest to there definitely being truth behind that because I receive numerous messages from coaches that they still have scholarship money for girls as they near the end of that recruiting year (I received 3 just this past week).
However, and a big HOWEVER, is that many times these programs with the scholarship money available aren’t always the programs that the girls want for their college experience. They tend to be small/rural schools, or schools with lower ranked academics, or schools that may have some scholarship money but are still very expensive. While a young female golfer may want to play college golf, they aren’t always willing to forgo their ideal college experience just for that opportunity.
Also, some girls are willing to go (and in some cases pay more to go) to a bigger campus, better academic school, or better-ranked golf program and know they may not get much, if any, playing time but they like the school and the perks, rather than accept scholarship money to somewhere they can play but don’t like the school as much. So, many times, coaches at these programs end up with scholarship money because they can’t find enough girls who want to go there and play. Sounds sad, but it’s true. Yet it also understandable which is what I want to discuss.