A junior golf resume is a crucial document in the recruiting process, much like your professional resume when applying for a job.
Building a junior golf resume is a necessity for aspiring young golfers. It’s a comprehensive record of a player’s accomplishments, experiences, and progress. It provides a tangible representation of their dedication and skill development.
Why Build a Golf Resume?
A well-constructed junior golf resume not only showcases tournament results and rankings but also highlights a golfer’s character, work ethic, and sportsmanship, all essential qualities for college golf programs and potential sponsors.
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A strong resume can help secure college scholarships, gain admission to competitive golf academies, and open doors to professional opportunities. Your resume can unlock a successful future in the sport, making it a crucial tool for young players to establish their presence and advance their golf careers.
Preparing Your Content
First and foremost, the content of the resume is the most important.
Our best advice to any junior golfer wishing to play at the collegiate level is to do well in school, study hard for your entrance exams (SAT/ACT), and be dedicated to becoming the best player you can be.
If you can do all of these things, you’ll have a nice story to tell on your resume, and coaches will take notice.
So, What Do You Need to Include in Your Golf Resume?
This document is information about you that gives the college coach insight into you as a person, student, and player. It’s a summary of your golf and academic career to date.
Here is a list of the information that should be on your golf resume.
- Personal information: Include your address, home phone number, cell phone number, e-mail, and date of birth. Coaches must have a way to contact you.
- Academic information: Cumulative GPA, core GPA, SAT/ACT results with sub-scores, TOEFL results (if applicable), high school name, high school address, and your intended area of study.
- Academic honors: Be sure to include any academic awards and prizes.
- NCAA Eligibility Center: Provide your ID number.
- Golf credentials: Scoring average, scoring differential, rankings (AJGA, NJGS), order of merit (on tour, for example).
- Golf swing: Link to your best swing videos. We suggest having a coach look them over before including them.
- Golf information: Home club, academy, coach, coach’s email, and your coach’s cell phone number.
- Upcoming tournament schedule: Provide a list of your tournaments over the next few months.
- Career highlights & honors: List your best finishes, highlight some low scores, and list any teams you’ve earned a spot on.
- Competitive playing record: List your tournament scores in reverse chronological order, meaning your most recent tournament first. Include information such as date, tour, tournament name and course, yardage, your scores (1.5 to 2 years of scores is fine), where you placed in the event, and the size of the field.
- Parent or guardian information: List their name, cell phone number, and e-mail address.
- References: Your resume should include the names, cell phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of your references.
Polish Your Resume
Before you send anything out, you need to make sure that you’ve triple-checked your resume. This is your first impression to many college recruiters, and it needs to look presentable and professional.
After all, your resume is all about you. It reflects on you as a student-athlete and represents how serious you are about being recruited.
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Pay attention to formatting, grammar, and spelling. We also suggest placing a quality photo in the upper right-hand corner of the first page of the resume. It can be a professional headshot, as in a school photo, or you posing in the finishing position of your golf swing. Either works well, and it goes a long way toward making a great first impression!
The Team at IJGA Can Help
Most IJGA graduates go on to play golf at the collegiate level. To start working alongside our coaches and college placement team, apply for the academy or get in touch with our team. Call us at 855-378-8177 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.