High School: Caringbah High School
Home Club: The Australian GC
College: University of Southern Cal. (Jan'08 - June'10)
Course of Study/ Major: Business
Current Occupation: Financial Services Product Manager
The US College system is a viable option and a popular choice for many aspiring players in NSW. This page aims to provide information for those who are considering the College pathway.
Over the years, several players have chosen this pathway and gone on to play professional golf, including Matt Jones, Aron Price, Matt Giles, Tahnia Ravnjak, Ruben Sondjaja and Justin Warren, while others like Cathleen Santoso, have used the qualifications they gained to forge careers in the business world.
US College offers students/athletes the opportunity to combine academic study with high-level golf coaching and a competitive tournament program.
The pathway is not only for those whose ambition is to play professional golf. Attendees will develop life and career-building skills, gain independence, experience a different culture and create lifelong friendships while completing their degree.
You don’t need to be an elite junior golfer to have the opportunity to go to a US College, either. You will, of course, need to meet specific academic entry requirements during your HSC and complete an SAT/ACT exam.
There are many different levels in the College system that offer scholarships catering for various golf and academic abilities. These include the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division I & II, NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) and the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics).
Remember, US College is not for everyone, and this page isn’t a “one stop shop” for all things US College. Nor should the information contained here be regarded as an endorsement of the system. It’s here to give you a deeper understanding of the academic and playing environment, allowing you to ask the “quality questions” to get the answers you need to make one of the most important decisions in your career.
Golf NSW recommends all prospective students conduct their own research and form your own opinions. We hope, however, the contents of this page will better equip you to make the right decision for your future.
Ryan Crysler from The Floridian leads a conversation with three of the finest collegiate coaches in the game today. Jonathan Dismuke (Houston), Matt Thurmond (Arizona State), and Trey Jones (Florida State) discuss all aspects of college golf.
Tons of valuable information for anyone considering playing collegiate golf: