The College of Golf VIII: How to Improve Your Top Golf Resume

November 24, 2011
by Justin

As a former college athlete who now works in the real world, I know the importance of a great resume. A resume can be the difference between a job offer or an application denial. The same goes for high school golfers and their top golf resumes. A top golf resume has a highlight tape displaying your skills, a list of your awards and basic information about why that top golf school can’t pass you by.

Welcome back to the top golf school on the net aka the College of Golf, the ultimate golf school for training, tips and techniques, provided to you by ScoutMe. Even if you don’t live in great winter, golfing state like Arizona and California, the College of Golf will be here with great tips every week. In my personal quest for top golf greatness, I have written several columns for the College of Golf. In volume one, the top golf school explored weight training, while in two and three had tips for putting and short game in general. Week four explored my shoe obsession in my new series called Shoe Science, and in volume five I focused on the pre-swing fundamentals of the College of Golf. Volume six was all about effective tips from the top golf school to improve your swing, with emphasis on aspects like the sweet spot on the driver. Speaking of drivers, volume seven of the College of Golf was all about the new drivers that are being released in 2012. Naturally, the next progression the top golf school would take would be a column about new age putters. This week is all about what it takes to get to the next level and how to improve your golf resume.

Top Golf School Requirement #1: Great Academics

From the first day you step on a college campus, you are placed in the category of a student-athlete. My head coach always told us before our required study hall, that we should understand that my teammates and I were “student-athletes, not athlete-students.” Most of the top golf schools in the US are also high ranking in academics, so your golf resume should be anchored in a solid GPA along with high ACT/SAT score.

Top Golf School Requirement #2: Skill

You can’t coach size in basketball, or speed in track, but you can coach skill in golf. I can personally tell you that golf is not about brute strength or natural athletic ability; top golf is about mental toughness, technique, and the ability to appraise the elements in your path to the hole. If you work at you game, you will get better. In the end, your top golf resume will be stronger.

Top Golf School Requirement #3: Passion for the Game

The last thing you’ll need to have to complete your golf resume is passion. The reason why my tenure as a college athlete didn’t last my entire academic career was because my lack of love was exposed. Top golf schools are very structured in their approach to college athletics. You will have to take your classes so that when you are finished you have time to go to practice. There are mandatory study halls, film sessions and offseason workout hours that have to be completed. If you don’t have a real passion for golf, you will lose interest.

Take these three tools and put together a top golf resume that your top golf school can’t deny. As the offseason approaches at the College of Golf, and your golf swing is traded in for costumes and pumpkin pie, we advise you to keep your top golf school in mind. Chip a few balls on the front lawn and hit the driving range whenever you can, because there is no offseason here at the College of Golf. Until you’re on the heels of Tiger Woods, this is the top golf school, the College of Golf, and I’m Yorick Hempstead, signing off.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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