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A few weeks ago, we wrote on the Basics of the College Golf Resume. I wanted to show examples of both good and bad college golf resumes to send college coaches. This first example is a resume format/template that you would want to replicate. A few keys to a good resume include paying attention to detail, making it easily readable, and keeping the length to around a page. Including a picture of yourself or a link to your personal website or swing video is a nice addition that a coach will appreciate.
An added bonus with this first example is including your upcoming 2018 summer tournament schedule. If coaches know what tournaments you are playing in ahead of time and where the event is held, they will be more likely to come out and watch you compete.
The second example is one of a bad resume sent off to a college coach. As you will find, there is information missing, incomplete contact information and poor grammar/punctuation. Why is this important? A college coach needs to be able to follow up with you and other key references for you golf game, sending your resume is only the first step in building a relationship with the coach. Watch your spelling, punctuation and formatting – the resume needs to be clean and neat for a coach to open and read it.
Be sure to avoid making vague statements such as, “I want to play Division I golf in college” or “I am a good player.” Rather, think about what you can bring to the table or college team, how can you and your golf game help the college coach and team improve from where they are currently at today?