NCCGA, CGP aim to grow collegiate club golf
A new chapter for one of the oldest sports in history is being written – the growth of club-golf teams is a grassroots movement that is spreading to college campuses throughout the United States.
In spring 2013, after three years on campus as a recreational organization, the Iowa State University Golf Club began seeking opportunities to grow. One of more than 750 student organizations on campus at ISU, the golf club had just fewer than 125 members on its roster last semester. The club began to outgrow the bounds of a recreational organization, and it seemed like the right time to field a competitive team.
By semester’s end, both the NCCGA and CollegeGolfPass were working closely with the ISU Golf Club to prepare its players for competition nearly five months before the first tournament. “NCCGA leadership provides guidance for new clubs basing their assistance on past successes of other clubs across the country,” explained Matt Weinberger, former president and current chairman of the NCCGA Board.
After the ribbon had been cut and ISU Golf Club was officially the newest member of the Central Region of the NCCGA, the team hit the recruitment trail. “We held many different (recruitment) meetings and were involved in ClubFest,” said Brant Mosley, ISU Golf Club vice president, on the team’s recruitment efforts. “This helped us get our club out for people to see and helped us bring in a large number of very good golfers.”
While the recruitment team for the ISU Golf Club focused on finding the lowest scores on campus, the organization as a whole was determined to retain its identity as a recreational organization. "We just want to find a solid eight guys, while still focusing on the other side of the club: having fun," said Adam Moline, president of ISU Golf Club.
CollegeGolfPass played an instrumental role in the club’s efforts to improve the experience for its recreational members. By combining dues for an ISU Golf Club membership and a CollegeGolfPass membership into one payment, student golfers on Iowa State’s campus have the opportunity to play the best courses in the Central Iowa area at college-rated greens fees.
“Most colleges have hundreds of students who are interested in playing golf, but typically only the top 10-15 players get a membership at a course and compete in events,” explains Kris Hart, co-founder and CEO of College Golf Pass. “CGP allows club teams to get more students involved in the club, get more school funding since the club benefits more people and provides a means for the general student population to play recreationally at an affordable price without the competitive club team's involvement of tournaments and practices."
The club-golf team at Iowa State is just one of more than 160 similar student organizations on campuses across the United States. The National Collegiate Club Golf Association and CollegeGolfPass continue to increase their influence on the golf scene in college towns with a simple yet compelling mission: Grow Golf.