American College Golf | Part 1 – with Brad James
Interest in American College Golf is growing in Australia, as people are drawn by the possibility of fusing a top-class education with playing golf on the biggest stage in the world
nterest in American College Golf is growing in Australia, as people are drawn by the possibility of fusing a top-class education with playing golf on the biggest stage in the world.  As a golf coach working with young players, I see many aspiring amateurs looking to make the move to college golf in the states.  For the most part they are unaware of some of the pitfalls and important factors to consider when comparing potential colleges.

Brad James, Director of high performance golf at Golf Australia, has had over 15 years experience in the US college system.  Brad has played college golf, been a team manager, assistant coach and progressed through to the head coaches role with the University of Minnesota.  This broad experience with the system means Brad is the perfect person to help enlighten young Australian golfers who are looking to move to the states and participate in the US College system.

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(Running time 24mins 15secs)

Feel free to leave your questions or comments regarding this topic and we’ll be sure to get back to you shortly:


  1. Jul 1, 2011
    6:45 am

    Fred France

    Very informative interview. Can you explain a little about scholarships and fees. Namely what someone can expect to pay.

    • Jul 1, 2011
      12:12 pm


      Thanks for the feedback Fred, will put some information together for you shorty

    • Jul 5, 2011
      7:37 am


      Hi Fred,
      I received this response today from Brad James.

      What you would expect to pay can vary from school to school and the amount of academic or athletic scholarship you are offered can help offset the total cost. If you are fortunate to receive a full scholarship it would cover the following:

      Tuition and fee’s
      Room (Rent)
      Board (Food)

      At some university’s this can total up to $12,000 but at other schools like Noter Dame or Stanford this can total up to $40,000. For example if you were to attend the University of Stanford and the total cost to attend school is $40,000 and you received a 50% scholarship you would be responsible for $20,000 of this cost. Now remember this is just for an academic year (September-June) so if you decide to stay for the entire year you would be responsible for rent and food outside of the academic year. In most cases the school will cover your hospital insurance which is a very large amount in the U.S.A.

      Please also remember the golf program /university covers your travel, food, clothing, accommodation, some golf equipment, and coaching while competing as a member of the golf team. Be sure to have all of these questions answered when talking with college coaches.

      • Jul 11, 2011
        5:42 am


        Thanks Steve & Brad for you speedy responses. It is appreciated.

        Can I ask one more question? I notice that a lot of our elite amateurs don’t go to college (either here or US) but work. What do you and Brad think about the idea of an 18 year old going to Uni here first or a year or two and then moving to a US college? (Assuming of course that his golf results and studies are of a sufficient standard). Is there an upper age limit? I notice that Bryden Mac didn’t go immediately but then again he’s a special case. Thanks again.

        • Jul 14, 2011
          2:42 pm


          Speaking to Brad recently he definitely feels it can be of real benefit for amateurs in Australia to get a solid base, as it relates to technique and instruction. Late teens to early 20’s would be a good age to make the leap over to the college system as a good college will offer regular tournament exposure and time spent honing the players skills in Australia can be of real benefit.
          Thanks Steven

  2. Dec 30, 2011
    6:12 pm


    Hi Brad,

    I am currently studying PE A-level in the UK. For my coursework I am completing an international study on amateur golf within the USA. I was wondering if there is any possibility that you could help me out by giving me some information to help me complete this project to the highest level.

    The information I am looking for is on a grass roots pathway from high school through college to elite/amateur.

    I would be grateful if you could get back to me and If you know anyone that could help me or any websites that might help me I would be grateful if you could let me know.

    Many thanks,

    • Dec 30, 2011
      8:58 pm


      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your comments. May I suggest you get in contact with Brad James directly through Golf Australia website.



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