A day in the life of a College Golfer
Life as a college golfer is a very busy, but rewarding time in your life should chose to play competitively in the United States.
Most golf teams are in season from September till mid-October in the fall, and February to May in the spring. Each day varies depending by programme and coach. A typical day/week for a college golfer will consist generally of the following when in season:
Morning 6am – 8am
- Team workouts (2-3x a week): These are golf specific gym sessions, generally handled by the college’s strength and conditioning coach, an expert in their field. These last around one hour, and consist of prehab work, flexibility, compound weight movements, and core exercises to golf.
8am – 2pm
- You must attend a minimum of 12 to 18 hours of classes a week; this means you must take at least 4 classes a semester. A minimum of 12 hours is needed in order to remain eligible to compete.
2pm – 7pm
- Practice: practice is organised by the coach for the whole team. This will vary from day to day. Including swing work on the range, short game practice and playing practice on the golf course.
- Qualifying: This happens in preparation for tournaments. This is between 54-72 holes and determines which 5 players will qualify for the tournament, based from qualifying scores. Each coach’s qualifying varies from the next but all coaches qualify to ensure the best team is playing every tournament.
7pm – 9pm
- Study hall sessions: This is normally mandatory for freshman. Designated study time is also mandatory for team members whose grades do not meet the coaches or universities set standards.
Travelling and Tournaments
Players will also travel to tournaments, this takes around 3-4 days. A typical tournament routine will consist of a day or morning of travel, followed by a practice round. Then the tournament will last two more days of 36 or 54 hole competition.