Why Most People Don't Consider DIII Golf - And Why More Should
Many prospective junior golfers, especially better players, are simply unwilling to consider Division III golf. I wasn't...and I was wrong. Here are just a few reasons why I think more players should be open to the DIII level.
I. You have better opportunity to develop as a player
If you want college golf to be an experience that allows you to develop to your full potential as a player then you need a place where you can compete (and where you compete even when you're not playing your best). Competition is the main venue for developing as a player and if you're in an environment where you are spending all of your energy simply trying to qualify for events, then you're going to miss out on essential competitive opportunities and you're going to be less likely to make the long term changes you need to make (due to the inevitable up's and down's that come with them) to be the player you want to be. This is especially significant for players with professional aspirations.
II. It's more fun to win championships
Players should consider going to a place where they have the opportunity to win championships both individually and as a team. Not only is winning huge for your own game, it is a lot more fun to win than to finish in the middle of the pack. Consider the value of going to a school where you can chase down conference and national championships every year. In the long run, most people would probably rather have gone to a place where they ended up in the hall of fame and left a lot of trophies behind them.
III. People are more important than names
The most important factors in the quality of a player's college golf experience are their coach and their teammates. Going to a place with good people is far more advantageous than going to a place with a big name. Players need to spend more time considering who they want to spend the majority of the next four years of their life with.
IV. Scholarships aren't always what they seem
Some students can actually get more scholarship at a DIII school than at a DI school and often the "athletic scholarships" given out at DI schools are much smaller than people think. Not only that, but scholarships can come and go with performance. Just because you can't get an "athletic scholarship" in DIII doesn't mean that it necessarily puts you in worse financial situation. Money should not be a deal breaker from the start.
It's our passion to see players end up in the best possible environment for their growth. I love it when I see people willing to consider unexpected paths that might actually be their best route to where they want to go.