You Too Can Get A Golfing Scholarship

By: Graham Johns

Any high school student faces the overwhelming prospect of college. First and foremost, which colleges do I apply for? How do I improve my SAT or ACT scores to get into the college I want? How do I find out if a college has the program I want to study? And most importantly, how do I go about seeking a scholarship to help alleviate those costly college bills? These questions are no different for any junior golfer hoping to play college golf.

The first thing to do is ensure that you have a solid resume. A resume for this purpose is very similar to any standard resume that you will put together in your professional career, whether it's playing golf or running a business. Make sure that all the vital information is there, name, address, etc.

You will want to make sure that your academic strengths are highlighted and that your grades are strong. Your GPA will not only matter in the minimum GPA to apply to a college, but many coaches look at academic history to ensure the overall quality of a player. It is also important to note your SAT and/or ACT scores. Again, you will need to achieve certain scores in order to even be considered for admission to that college.

Once you have the basics down, it's now time to focus on the bulk of the resume. You will want to list all of the events you have played in. Tournaments that are played outside of the High School arena are of high importance. Coaches want to see scores in tournaments to see the level of competitive play. If you have been playing for a long period of time, it's a good idea to break down the tournament play and scores by year.

This not only shows the length of time that you have been playing, it shows the college your playing ability in tournaments, and it also shows improvement in your game over the years. You will want to make sure to include the name of the event, the number of players in the competition, what place you finished the competition in, if there was unusual weather at the event and where the event took place.

Try sending a video of yourself along with the resume. This will help you prepare for the expectations of college golf and will help you show off your swings and your skill level to the prospective college. You should try to impress people with the video, so make sure that you try out some of your best stuff and show them your top skills.

Get the recording from different angles, too, so that a clear indication of your golf skills can be shown on the screen in living color. This is a great way to personalize the information. Another personal touch is to email this information and attach the clip so that the applicant receiver can view it on their computer screen.

There are a lot of services on the internet that can help give you advice on your resume, scholarship applications, college applications, and any other form of application. Use these sites to get the most out of the process and discern the best way to apply for what you hope to work with.

Make sure, too, that you have all of the information you need and that you are prepared for the process. Making a good first impression is vital when you are applying for college, so make sure that you check with the college staff as to what information the registrar will need to see.

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