If I were running one of the big-time college golf programs, I would be bombarding Hwang and Bang with info on how theirdaddies they can rake in the bucks via NIL and get a U.S. education. Otherwise, it is the status-quo ... top Korean ams don't play college golf.
I forgot about Kajitani ... she turned 18 last September, so I assume she is done with high school. She flopped taking Japan's Pro-test late last year, but I'm guessing she kept her amateur status for now, as WAGR ranks her at #6 ... or is that a limbo placeholder? I don't know if it's too late for her to consider the U.S. college route, but it might be a better move than the pros at the moment. She looked underwhelming against the best amateurs at Westchester last August ... I'll bet it put a dent in her confidence.
I was not aware that foreign college players are banned from getting NIL deals (above) ... forget about Hwang or Bang ever playing U.S. college golf.
Wow, what a mess.
Question, could korean companies give the Korean players money in Korea during the summer independent of visa? It's not illegal in Korea surely. "Titleist Korea", for example, gives a contract written in Korean in Korea in Korean won. How would that be illegal under US visa laws?
I guess I haven't paid much attention to college athletics, but how is this any different than being a pro? I guess they just threw their hands up and decided there was no way they would keep elite athletes without letting them get paid? Kinda sad, though.
Amateurs and pros are all mixed up now - have been for quite a while. Name, Image, and Likeness rights going to the students seems like a good thing; but surely there will be troubles with the specifics down the road.
On foreign players on student visas, seems reasonable to restrict them from earning money. Visa requirements are generally pretty strict, and would be unfair to make an exception just for college athletes.
KLPGA and JLPGA are a better route to the bigs anyway - or Epson Tour (getting top 10 gives you better status than Q School).
It's might affect women's college golf a lot, since there are a lot of potentially great non-American teens who could be stars who might not want to compete unpaid on a team with players who are earning 6 figures but are inferior.