High school golf presents a unique opportunity to be part of a team environment and make memories that will last a lifetime. In addition, there are many opportunities for a high school golfer to play in college. Here are a few reasons you should consider playing on your high school golf team:
Golf is widely thought of as an individual sport, and in many respects, this is true. However, high school golf provides a junior golfer an opportunity to compete in a team atmosphere and create bonds with teammates and coaches. With the exception of some leagues, most junior and amateur golf are exclusively individual when it comes to competition. In high school, a junior golfer is able to not only compete for themselves but their school as well.
As a high school golfer, you have the chance to play in local, regional, state, and even national events. Imagine playing locally and even on a national scale. In 2019, the National High School Golf Association (NHSGA) is hosting the High School Golf National Invitational in Orlando, Florida where 348 of the top high school golfers will compete for a national title. This event will be held on a yearly basis in conjunction with national junior golf organizations to help elevate high school golfers to the national stage, celebrating and recognizing their play.
High school golfers are playing for the name on their bag and the mascot on their shirt, giving a sense of belonging that is not felt in a typical junior event. Only 7% of high school golfers go onto play at any varsity level in college, so high school golf could be the only opportunity for some to represent their school.
Every high school golfer can play golf in college. Whether you are looking to get an NCAA scholarship or play club golf with the National Collegiate Club Golf Association (NCCGA), high school golf will help you get prepared to play in college. Since most golfers cannot play varsity, the NCCGA provides a competitive playing opportunity for any golfer who does not compete on the varsity team at their college. Whether you shoot 65 or 125, all swings are welcome.
Does your high school not have a golf team? Check out this article on “How to start a high school golf team”
If you are interested in learning more about topics surrounding high school golf, be sure to check out the NHSGA’s high school golf news.