Tournament Schedule

We hope everyone  had a great new year & Xmas and our getting some good work done in this off season.

We are currently in the process of planning our tournament schedule for the year of 2016. We plan on attending roughly two tournaments per month on average. This will include England, Scotland, Wales and possibly one event in  Ireland and our schedule will be published in the coming months. We hope to find lots of talented players to help achieve their dreams of a golf scholarship in the USA. If there is any tournament you would recommend we go to or any tournament perhaps you would like to meet us at please get in touch at the following:

aaron@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk or ben@golfscholarship.co.uk

We look forward to meeting a few of you in the year of 2016.

The Haskins Award

This is the second in our series of the most coveted awards that can be won by collegiate golfers. The Haskins Award is presented each year by the Haskins Commission. The award is to honour the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. The award is dedicated to the memory of Fred Haskins who was a former golf teaching professional at the Country Club of Columbus in Georgia, USA.

The award is voted by the Haskins Commission. This commission is built from journalists, coaches and collegiate golfers. It is often compared to the Heisman Trophy which is awarded to the most outstanding American Football player of the year. Of all the awards this is considered by many as the most prestigious.

The achievements of former winners of the Haskins Award speaks for itself. Combined they have gone on to compete in 42 Ryder Cups, win 28 majors, and over 250 PGA Tour events. Some notable recent winners of the award are:

  • 2014- Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
  • 2012- Justin Thomas, Alabama
  • 2011- Patrick Cantlay, UCLA
  • 2005- Ryan Moore, UNLV
  • 2003- Hunter Mahan, Oklahoma State
  • 2002- Graeme McDowell, UAB

Some impressive names and figures here, I am sure you will agree who are all products of collegiate golf. If you would like to learn more about the opportunities to play collegiate golf in the U.S get in touch:

info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk

Ben Hogan Award

In our next series of blogs we will cover some of the most coveted awards that can be won by collegiate golfers. Up first is the Ben Hogan Award, this is presented yearly to the top male collegiate golfer by Colonial Country Club, in conjunction with the GCAA (Golf Coaches Association of America). The award began in 1990 and is determined by a selection committee including representatives from golf organisations such as the R&A and USPA as well as media and many more individuals. The committee selects the winner based on results from both college and amateur events.

The winner is announced at the PGA Tour’s Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Tournament. Something quite ironic about the award is that Ben Hogan (A favourite player of Golf Scholarship USA staff) never actually attended college. Some notable recent winners of the award are:

    • 2014 – Patrick Rodgers, Stanford
    • 2012 – Patrick Cantlay, UCLA
    • 2011 – Peter Uihlein, Oklahoma State University
    • 2008 – Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State University
    • 2005 – Ryan Moore, University of Nevada-Las Vegas
    • 2004 – Bill Haas, Wake Forest University

There is some great names on this list I am sure you will agree and yet again proof of the sort of talent college golf produces. If you would like to learn more about the opportunities to play collegiate golf in the U.S get in touch:

info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk

Qualities College Coaches Look for in Players

Unfortunately college golf coaches don’t have a generic checklist which will guarantee you will get a scholarship. Every coach looks for different qualities and attributes leading to them valuing a player differently to any other coach. What one coach may love another coach may despise. Having said this the first thing coaches will always look at is scoring average, ability and grades. But after this there are other qualities we believe in our experience as both players and as a coach we see that every coach values from their players.

  1. Attitude. College golf is demanding, you have to maintain a good positive attitude as you’re in a team environment. If you have a negative attitude not is it going to be adversely affect you but I will affect your team mates also.
  2. Discipline. You have to balance your time between the classroom and the golf course and learn how to manage time and your commitments. You have to be disciplined to make a commitment to sticking to a system that leads to success on the course and in the classroom.
  3. Leadership: With the team environment of college golf this is especially important. If you have a personality that can help inspire your team mates and hold others accountable your coach will see how valuable you will be in a team setting.
  4. Passion: You have to love the game and what you are doing. If your hearts not in it I guarantee you a coach will notice. You can have the best golf swing in the tournament but if you will get burn out quickly then you may get over looked despite your technical prowess.

Looking to learn more about the recruiting process and collegiate golf?

Get in touch at info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk

Finding the Correct College for You.

One of the amazing qualities of the US collegiate system is that none of the colleges or golf programs are the same. There really is a good fit out there for every talented golfer if you know where and how to look.
There are many variables from: coaching style, practice schedule, facilities, tournament schedule, workout regime, and the list keeps on going. When seeking a scholarship it is Important to find out exactly what you need to improve on, and what environment will help you prosper both academically and athletically. Then attempting to find a college that can facilitate your development.
With a seemingly endless list if things to worry about it can be difficult to ask the right questions when communicating with potential coaches. That is where we can help you, with experience in both playing and coaching we know both sides of the coin. We will be advising you every step of the way, I am sure with each others help we can find the best fit that is available for you, whether it is at a junior college in Kansas or a division 1 university in California.
Many people do not consider the academic standards that the university set for their athletes. This is probably one of the most important things to consider. If you are a C student we wouldn’t find you a scholarship at an Ivy League University, it is important to be able to adhere to the academic standards otherwise you will not stay eligible to play golf, which after all is the reason you went out to the states. Likewise if you are a 2 handicap we wouldn’t want you going to a top ten NCAA division 1 college, the chances of making the starting line up would be very slim, Being at a college where you get playing time is very important to help your development as a golfer, and will really make you enjoy your time at college.
If you would like to know more on how our expertise can help you find the scholarship you always wanted, please contact us at: info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk

David Lee joins Golf Scholarship USA

Golf Scholarship USA is proud to announce the addition of David Lee to our expert team of scholarship consultants. David will be on hand to assist players throughout the whole process alongside our team. He will also be the first port of call for any players based in the North of England or Scotland being as he will be based out of Glasgow.

David lee played 4 years varsity golf for Lincoln Memorial University in the Tri – State area of Tennessee. David obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration whilst at LMU, Joining the PGA in 2013 upon his return to the UK. Since turning professional David has worked in golf retail after a year as the Head Assistant Professional at Mar Hall, a five star golf resort and spa located just outside Glasgow in Scotland. David has a lot to offer as a member of the PGA and also the experience of 4 years at a NCAA Division 2 university, David will be able to give sound advice and recommend what programme would best suit each individual candidate.

Want to work with our expert team and secure the scholarship that’s right for you, then get in touch at info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk

Golf Scholarship USA player Sam Fernley signs for Indian Hills

Golf Scholarship USA would like to wish their player Sam Fernley the best of luck as he is about to start his college golf career at Indian Hills in Iowa. Sam came to us in July wanting to leave in 2016 as a talented player competing for the Somerset men’s squad. It was important we found a team with a schedule playing lots of big tournaments as this is where Sam deserved to be. But we had to move this to 2015 as due to Sam’s eligibility it was in his best interests to start in 2015. With just a month we managed to help find him a suitable programme that would fit Sam’s high level of ability and go through all his paperwork (including a 25 day wait for a visa appointment). This made it a difficult challenge, but with Indian Hills Sam has found what will prove to be a great fit for him. Indian Hills has a long history of producing a conveyer belt of great talent, winning the national championship for 4 of the last 5 years. We think Sam will help contribute to continue this tradition of achievement working with a great roster and a top head coach in Coach Murray following the very successful Coach Hagen.

Good luck to Sam, you’re going to love every minute of it and we are sure lots of success on the course and in the class room.

Want to follow in Sam’s footsteps and find a golf scholarship in the United States to suit you then get in touch at info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk.

Warm weather isn’t everything.

Playing collegiate golf in America has many benefits, most believe that being able to play golf all year round is the main benefit. Yes that can be true in some cases, however relatively few states in America can offer this.

You just have to look at a lot of the tour pros, many of them now are taking a month or even two off during the winter. There can be many benefits of having time off the game when you are not competing. My Coach at Indian Hills Community College insisted everyone took a break during the winter. This ensured everyone was hungry for the spring season and burnout is never an issue.

having a mental break from the game is a huge benefit in my opinion, i have seen it work first hand. Nowadays northern universities have phenomenal indoor facilities, many have indoor or covered ranges, Trackman systems, and indoor short game facilities. Ohio State’s facilities are: three practice greens (two bent grass, one Bermuda grass), two sand traps, a grass bunker, flat putting area with filming capability, tee boxes with filming capability and a four corner net system, fitness room, coaches and assistant coaches’ offices, conference room, team locker rooms, video analysis room, team lounge, trophy lounge for recruits and parents, and space for club storage and repairs.

 

There are many golf programs on the Snowbelt that offer similar world-class facilities, there is so much more to consider than just weather when pursuing a scholarship in America.

How to maintain your F-1 student visa.

Once you have been granted your F-1 student visa you must notify the school of your expected arrival date, you must obtain a new I-20 if the dates have been deferred. Be sure to have arranged your housing and transportation before entering the country, leaving this to the last minute can be very risky. Remember you cannot enter the country more than 30 days prior to the start date of your program.

UPON ARRIVAL AT UNITED STATES YOU MUST PRESENT

  • Your I-20 form, signed by a DSO of the school you will be attending.
  • A valid visa containing your SEVIS identification number.
  • Financial documentation.
  • A valid passport.

When you arrive you will get your I-20 form stamped, this is to show that you have arrived in the country.

 

Once you have your Visa and have entered the country you still must maintain your eligibility for a visa. YOU MUST get your I-20 for signed by a school international admissions official every 12 months. This is to show that you are still registered for classes and still attending the University. Failure to get the I-20 sign can be grounds to refuse re-entry into the country. It is very important to maintain your position at the university, you cannot take a semester break from education when you have your visa, you must be continuously studying throughout your stay in America.

 

REMEMBER here at Golf Scholarship USA we offer full assistance in the whole visa process. Along with our four year care program, this ensures a stress free time for the duration of your studies.

 

How to Apply for an F-1 Student Visa

This is the first of a series of blogs explaining the F-1 Student Visa by Golf Scholarship USA.

With so much paperwork required to study and play golf in the United States we at Golf Scholarship USA are experts on everything required for our players. This is all part of our service to help make the recruitment process as stress free and enjoyable as possible. We pride ourselves in being up to date are current in any changes happening with any of the documentation process including the F-1 Student Visa. In this blog we will discuss how to apply and what is needed to apply for an F-1 Student Visa.

There is over 640,000 international students in the United States and all of them are required to have an F-1 Student Visa in order to do so. Following your acceptance from the college you choose to play golf and study at, you will receive the Form I-20 from a designated school official. You must also pay the I-901 SEVIS receipt which will mean you are added to the SEVIS database with an individual ID number.

Following this you can schedule your “Initial Entry Visa Interview” at your local U.S Embassy which for most of our British golfers is located in London. You will book this interview using the following link http://travel.state.gov/content/visas/english/study-exchange.html .

For your student interview you will need the following documents

  • Your Form I-20
  • SEVIS I-901 receipt
  • Signed passport (must be valid for 6 months after entry into the US)
  • Transcripts or diplomas from current or previous institutions
  • Program of study description
  • Accommodation information
  • Evidence that you have the required funds to pay for your: tuition and living expenses for either your whole duration of study or one year (whichever is the shortest)

Part 2 is coming later in the week about how to properly maintain your F-1 Student Visa, and what to do once your receive your visa.

At Golf Scholarship USA we assist our players through every step right until graduation. If playing golf in the United States appeals to you, don’t hesitate to get in contact for a free no obligation consultation to see if we can make your dream a reality.

If you want to know more please contact us at info@golfscholarshipusa.co.uk