Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




Dr. Albert V. Carrón


The purposes of the study were to 1) build a model to predict scoring average for a total sample of professional (n = 82) and collegiate (n = 41) golfers using stepwise regression, 2) test the model on the samples independently using hierarchical regression, and 3); examine the significance in performance differences in the two subsamples. Both samples played two tournament rounds at the South Course of Angus Glen Golf Club; the professionals during the 2002 PGA tour Canadian Open and the collegians during the 2010 OUA championship. For the total sample, GIR percentage, putts per round, scrambling percentage and driving accuracy percentage predicted 92% of the variance in scoring average; for professionals and collegians the only the former three performance measures accounted for explained variance for scoring average (80% and 81% respectively). Professionals were significantly superior to the collegians in all four performance indices as well as scoring average.



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