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Most of the NCAA Division III schools do an excellent job of providing financial aid in the form of academic scholarships, need based grants and loans. Student-athletes are always surprised at two things when I recruit them. One is the amount of money available to them, and the other is the quality of competition.
--NCAA Division III Coach
My former Division II golf coach likes to tell this story: After playing a tournament round, his team was eating dinner at a pizza restaurant. One of his players looked at him and asked, “Coach, what’s the biggest difference in playing Division I and Division II golf?” The coach looked over and saw the top-ranked Division I team sitting two tables over and responded, “Son, doesn’t look like much to me!” His point was that both teams had been up early in the morning, played 36 holes of golf, and were finishing the day at the same small restaurant. It’s all about choices. You need to ask yourself, “What is the best fit for me?”
--NCAA Division II Coach
I had six different players shoot 67 or lower in college tournaments last year on golf courses tougher than most juniors have ever seen, yet I am amazed that I still receive letters from kids who don’t even play #1 on their high school team. Players won’t even make my line-up with a zero handicap. Kids would be better off writing to coaches and schools where they have a chance to play so they can find out how good they can become. They won’t get any better if they are not getting any tournament experience.
--NCAA Division I Coach
NCAA Division III institutions do not give athletic scholarships, but that doesn’t mean we take our programs lightly or that we aren’t competitive. It means the student-athletes on our teams are playing for the love of playing and competing. It also means that golfers who may not have an opportunity to be competitive in a Division I or II program can still participate and enjoy the benefits of being a member of a competitive collegiate program. Members of my teams have ranged from golfers who compete at the highest level, playing in the NCAA National tournament and becoming All-Americans, to golfers who never compete but who are also considered an integral part of our team.
--NCAA Division III Coach
A large percentage of my players have transferred to 4-year universities after graduating with their AA degree and have continued their college education and golf careers, many receiving golf scholarships to pay for their education. The transition from a 2-year school to playing at a 4-year college is quite easy due to the competitive schedules we have during the year mainly competing against 4-year universities. The exposure my players have received to the 4-year level coaches while competing in these events is exceptional. I have had numerous success stories including players winning national championships at the NCAA level.
--NJCAA Coach

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