“Like most young athletes, after finishing high school, I was faced with the very difficult decision whether to go to the USA with a sports scholarship or to play professionally in Europe. After trying to combine university studies and golf in Europe and studying in Germany for two semesters, I decided that the only way to get a university degree and to continue my golf career was by coming to the US! After speaking with many coaches and having several very attractive offers, I decided to sign my Letter of Intent with Abilene Christian University in Texas, where I ended up playing my entire four years of college golf. When I look back at it now, it was arguably the best decision of my life and I am glad I took that step without any hesitation.
Having played in many big amateur events across Europe such as European Team Championships, European Individual Championships and the British Boys and having played with some of today’s star players like Martin Kaymer, Shane Lowry and Victor Dubuisson, I came to the US with very high expectations. These expectations were even exceeded because the competition, the facilities and the support that I experienced during my four years as an ACU Wildcat were second to none! I improved both as a golfer and as a young man and it opened so many doors for my life after college.
After my college career, I then worked at Western Texas College as the Assistant Golf Coach for two years. This was a tremendous experience in which I learned a lot about college sports, recruiting and about how the whole scholarship system works. This allowed me to gather even more knowledge about the college sports system in order to share this knowledge with today’s talented athletes and helping them come to the US with a precious sports scholarship.
I can definitely say that I was very fortunate to receive such a great opportunity through a golf scholarship, as it allowed to me grow as a golfer, as a student, but even more importantly as a person. This is the reason why I highly recommend the US college system to any young, aspiring athlete, no matter if it is in golf, tennis, swimming, track and field, or any other sport!”
– Patrick Hanauer, Director & Co-Founder of College Sports America