I might add that a coach may have a "full ride" or "blue chip" student athlete that has an HPA that is high enough for academic money they will use that as a way to leverage their athletic money. So that "full ride" in reality may be a combination of money for different sources saving that athletic money to attract more of those mid-depth athletes that you need to round out a squad.
State schools in Florida will take advantage of this using a student's "Bright Futures" tuition money into their package thus saving athletic money. My niece plays softball for a top 10 D! program and she is a "full ride" but again, because she had the grades she got the state Bright Futures, money for academics on top of that and athletic money to make up her full ride, My son, who attends a private Florida D2 school gets just over 50% through partial athletics, academic, leadership, an in-state private school award, and another few bucks for turning in an early FAFSA (financial statement).
Even if your golfer is not up to getting money, there is an ability to walk on, get money later due to outstanding performance, or even play on a club level, intermural or greek league. There is a lot going on in the college and university system to really give kids a chance to play if they really want to. The goal is really to get the best education you can and do something you love while you have the time.
If I recall correctly you and I had similar goals of being under a 10 cap this year. It has been an often annoying struggle and hard work to get there. I don't know how many times I was coming up to a revision trying to shoot in the 70's only to put too much tension in my swing and bomb it. Now I just try to make the shots and see where it goes. It was a tough year of frequent disappoint leading to stress and backwards movement score wise.