The Resume is the Most Important Tool You Will Use Throughout the College Golf Recruiting Process
I remember when I made my first junior golf “player resume”. I knew that it was a necessary tool for me to use in order to be recruited, but I didn’t know what exactly had to be included on it or how it was supposed to be set up. Player resumes are the single most important tool that junior golfers will use in order to be recruited. The resume is basically “you” on paper, with the ability to be widely distributed to any coach that’ll listen. You need to make sure that your resume is strong and will stand out.
There is so much to go over that I’m actually going to break this post up into two parts. Part One is going to be the basics from my point of view. These are the key things that I believe every good player resume should have. For Part Two, I contacted two current college golf coaches and asked them what they looked for the most in a player’s resume. This is some really good information that was actually eye-opening to me; things I wish I had knew when I was being recruited a few years back. I can’t thank the coaches enough for sharing their wisdom with me! Here is Part One of How to Build a Great Golf Resume:
PERSONAL INFORMATION – This one should be a given. You should list basic personal information about yourself such as your name, birthday, height/weight, graduation class, how long you’ve been playing golf, what makes you special, etc. This is your chance to talk yourself up and make yourself stand out. Be humble, but don’t be afraid to talk confidently about yourself. Confidence is a key part of golf and college coaches will love to see it.
“Be humble, but don’t be afraid to talk confidently about yourself.”
GRADES/HIGH SCHOOL INFO – Your grades should be seen on your resume before your scores. Grades play a massive role in recruiting and they are not to be taken lightly. You should list your GPA, ACT/SAT scores, honors courses (if applicable), and any accomplishments you may have earned. Also make sure to include some info about your high school such as the address and your high school coach’s name.
GOLF STATISTICS – Make sure to include a section with a few statistics about your golf game. This should include scoring average, driver distance, strengths and weaknesses of your game, etc. Once again, this is a place where you can dive deeper into your game and make yourself stand out to coaches. Don’t go overboard on the stats; you don’t need to figure out your Strokes Gained Putting from last season. Just a few general statistics will do the trick.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS – This is one of the most critical parts of your resume. At this point, you should be playing in competitive junior golf tournaments throughout the summer and possibly the rest of the year. Fall/Spring high school golf scores are not heavily focused on by coaches, and it more than likely won’t be enough to get you recruited. Each time you play in a tournament you should update your resume with your results. You should also write up a brief tournament summary for each event, talking about how you played and what the conditions were like. Keep it short and concise; coaches don’t want to read a novel. Also, DO NOT LIE ABOUT YOUR SCORES!!!! College coaches have access to basically every tournament score you shoot, and it only takes them a few clicks if they really want to find out how you did. I’ve seen one too many players do this, and it isn’t a good look. Lying about your scores is a good way to knock yourself off of any coach’s recruiting radar. Everyone has bad days, so don’t sweat it if there’s a few high numbers you’re not proud of in there.
UPCOMING TOURNAMENTS/SCHEDULE – You should keep an updated tournament schedule on your resume in order to keep coaches in the know about where you’ll be playing next. Make sure you list what course you’ll be playing, the city/state it’s in, and what tour/tournament it is (GolfWeek, AJGA, Hurricane, local tour, etc). You should always try to play in events with large, strong fields and with players from outside your local area. This will give you the best chance of being noticed by a coach, since most coaches focus on somewhat larger scale tournaments. Keeping an updated schedule on your resume will offer you a better chance of a coach keeping track of you and your progress. Also, if a coach really takes interest in you, they may even come out and watch you play an event or two!
WAIT!! WHAT ABOUT SWING VIDEOS???
Pictures and swing videos are important, but I’ve found that many junior players put way too much stock into them. I have actually met a few junior players that never even made a resume but produced a swing video instead. Some coaches care a lot about what your swing looks like, others could care less as long as you can shoot the scores. If you do make a swing video, keep it short and to the point. You won’t need any more than two of your driver swings, iron swings, chips, and putts. Try to make the video as clear and as good of quality as possible. Swing videos should be looked at as an accessory to your resume, not as the be-all and end-all of your recruiting tools.
These are just a few of the basics that I believe make up every great golf resume. If you are new to the recruiting process and haven’t made a resume yet, these keys would be great to build around. If you do have a resume and it doesn’t look anything like this, that’s okay. Each resume is different, and you can create yours to your liking. However, I would suggest that you try to keep these basics in mind.
Check back tomorrow for Part Two, which contains suggestions from real college coaches on what they look for in their recruits’ resumes. It’s some fantastic information that will really help you out, and once again I can’t thank them enough for sharing their wisdom!
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