Just curious. Do they lose their amateur status if the school pays for their clubs? It's not like football players have to buy their own pads.
Depends on the level of college, but no they don't. Even high level juniors get free clubs. I got paired up with a top 50 junior player a few weeks ago and he talked about getting wooed by sponsors and all the free clubs he gets from his sponsor Ping. He used to play for Titleist (still uses their balls) and everything has been free since he was 14. College golf is similar, particularly in the big programs. As we all know, amateurism is a joke in today's world and golf is no different.
College coach here, yes, they have to buy their own stuff. Bags, clothes, and balls are generally covered, but for clubs, you better be at a big program. My school is a D1 program, but the best bet for the players getting clubs is getting a discounted rate through a manufacturer's college program.
Yeah, you have to buy your own stuff. We paid something like 20% below cost. There was an unwritten rule to not abuse it. But, it's a great deal.
I would say at most D1 programs the school pays for just about everything... including clubs
Talked to a friend who played D1. Free equipment every year.
Having said that, equipment costs pales in comparison to free tuition and living expenses.
There was a Sunbelt Conference school that would give a specific dollar amount each year to each player in addition to purchasing at a discounted rate. Can’t remember the actual dollar amount but it was a reasonable amount to not have to pay out of pocket any.
Wow. Lot's of different answers. But thanks to everyone for responding.