Men's golf was first recognized by the NAIA as an intercollegiate sport in 1952. The NAIA first recognized women's golf as an intercollegiate sport during the 1993-94 academic year with the first national championship held in 1995. The NAIA was the first intercollegiate sports governing body to provide championship opportunities for both men and women when the women's program was established 1980.
RULES: The official United States Golf Association rules are followed for all regular and postseason play with NAIA-Men's Golf Coaches Association modifications.
OFFICIAL BALL: No official ball is designated for NAIA postseason play..
MEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT: 156 player, 72- hole tournament played over four days with a cut after 54 holes. Competition is stroke play. Each team competes with five golfers and the top four scores posted each day are counted toward the team standings. Pairings are made in threesomes and pre-determined for the first two rounds. Pairings are set based on team/individual standings for the final two rounds.
WOMEN'S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT: Four-day, 144- player, with the tournament field cut after 54 holes, reducing to the top 17 teams and 40 individuals. Competition is stroke play. Each team competes with five golfers and the top four scores posted each day are counted toward the team standings. Pairings are made in threesomes and pre-determined for the first two rounds. Pairings are set based on team/individual standings for the final two rounds.
Find answers in the NAIA Guide to the College-Bound Student-Athlete!
• What's the NAIA participation experience?
• What's different about recruiting in the NAIA?
• Can I visit a campus for a tryout?
• What about financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans?
• Do I meet the freshman eligibility requirements?
• What if I didn't attend a U.S. high school?
• The NAIA Eligibility Center
• What are the transfer student eligibility requirements?
• Who's considered a professional in the NAIA?
• How long can I compete?
• What happens if I suffer an injury during college?
• What if I've competed in my sport outside of college?
• How do I remain eligible during college?
WHERE DO I START?
Register early with the NAIA Eligibility Center. It's required for any student who plans to attend an NAIA school. By registering, you also have the chance to let NAIA coaches know you're interested in playing in college. Our Connections service search allows you to check out which schools offer your sport, major and size that fits your interests. Register today!