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Explaining the dynamics of college golf is Ben Deets, as University Search Director for Athletes USA. For him also a past as a university golf coach.

College golf in the United States is individual and team-based. It is played all year round except summer when students return to their home countries.

College, the system

Students/athletes arrive in the US in mid or late August. usually, after a series of team meetings (including physical exams, orientation and lessons). A college golfer comes to campus and I start practicing before the courses begin in the fall. Usually a student will have around 15 hours of lessons and twenty of practice each week. The free time will be used to manage homework, study, meals, social life, the gym and “housework”. Most of the students leave home on this occasion for the first time in their life. Time management skills become an essential asset. Most college golf coaches have group practice five days a week in the fall. The hope remains that the players will train even more hours alone. The first few weeks in college typically consist of short and long game sessions, regular races, and qualifying races.

Qualifying matches are particularly important. It is a competition set up by the coach to challenge golfers. They are team races required to participate five members select the college in the institute challenges. However, it is not a closed group: the five can change according to the choices of the coach and the results obtained. There are on average five games in the fall season for each college team. Most of them have a practice round and at least 36 holes (most often 54). Only the four best results will count. Example: if team members score 72, 68, 70, 70, 75, the score of 75 will not count for that race. That team will score a total of 280 hits. The competition will continue like this for the other races. Nobody is left behind: whoever scored that 75 today in the next race could close in 67 strokes and become the best of the team. Each tournament to the general classification of the team divided by conference, region and division. Logically at the end of the circuit the best team and the best player will be awarded.

Physical training is a particularly important aspect of college-level golf success. With less time for practice, athletes have more space to focus on school and social life. normally the first semester of the American university ends in mid-December with some “final” exams in each class. After those exams, most universities go on a winter break for a month until mid-January. Upon returning from the winter break, the coaches and teams begin their winter training sessions. Students will also start their new courses for the spring semester. The first few weeks of the spring semester accumulated with lighter college golf buys, since the teams about ten hours of practice under the eye of a coach. However, players are encouraged to practice more on their own although there is a limit to the amount of time they can spend with the coaches. This ten-hour workload continues until around the end of February when the spring season begins.