college golf resumes
A college golf resume is your opportunity to make a good first impression and communicate the critical information that coaches are looking for. College golf coaches have busy schedules and generally don’t like reading long emails with unnecessary “fluff”. It’s not that they don’t care about your life story…truth is, they probably do. The problem is that they get numerous recruiting emails every day and don’t have time to dive into the details of each one. Because of this, long emails are often skimmed and important info may be missed.
Your resume can be an attached document or in the body of an introductory email…that’s up to you. The most important thing is that you highlight your most notable accomplishments on and off the course. This will not only increase the likelihood of your email getting read in it’s entirety, but it shows that you understand how valuable a coach’s time is.
A good resume will include your…
- Graduation year
- Home city/country
- Recent tournament results
- Upcoming tournament schedule
- GPA and SAT/ACT scores
- Swing videos
- Social media accounts
At the end of the day, scores are the single biggest factor in the eyes of a college coach. While there are other factors that will be considered, it’s false to believe that you can convince a coach to give you a scholarship based off how much you “want it” or how great of a “team player” you will be. They’ve heard all of these lines a thousand times, so even if it’s the honest truth, these sayings have very little impact on coaches. Stick to the important information and let your scores do the talking!
Camps vs. Tournaments
Golf tournaments are proven way to get noticed by college coaches but they come with a number of limitations. Camps are designed to fill these gaps and provide added value in a variety of other ways.
College Golf Workouts
When you hear “college golf workouts” you probably think stretching, bands, and body weight exercises. While this is true in some cases, most teams go far beyond this.
What Does Team Practice Look Like?
Every team is different, but expect some combination of qualifying, play days, and structured team practice. This is a good question to ask coaches as you begin your recruiting conversations.
Verbal Commitment VS NLI
The terms “committing” and “signing” are often used interchangeably to describe accepting an offer to play for a university, but they are not the same. Each comes with it’s own set of advantages and disadvantages that we think you should know about.
Which Tournaments Should I Play In?
Playing tournaments is not just a great way to become a better player, it’s also the best way to increase your “stock” in the eyes of college golf coaches. The truth is, coaches don’t really care what you shoot in practice rounds or even what your handicap is…they want to see tournament results!
Tips for contacting coaches
Getting in touch with a college golf coach can be tricky. Not only is their schedule very demanding, but every year they have hundreds of players from each recruiting class vying for their attention. With so much competition, how do you stand out from the crowd?