college golf recruiting


A college golf consultant can help you find the right answers to the following questions: Are you concerned about college golf scholarship opportunities or roster spots? How can our family create more exposure for our junior golfer? In which Division (I, II or III) of collegiate golf should my son or daughter play? What should my junior golfer’s summer schedule look like? Are you confused regarding all the NCAA rules? College Golf Consulting 101 will address all these questions and help your family make the right decisions.

Parent Testimonial

To give Jim Kelson a referral is one of the easiest things as parents we have ever done. Jim is not only advising our son Kyle to find the right golf team and coach but is also collaborating with our academic college advisor to find the best overall college experience for him as well. Jim understands the complete student athlete experience—the positives and the negatives, the in’s and the out’s—he is able to advise and support Kyle in every single aspect of the collegite and golf team search process.

We unfortunately started off on the wrong path with a different college golf advisor, one that came highly recommended. From the very first meeting with the former advisor something felt very wrong and we didn’t realize just how wrong it was until being introduced to Jim Kelson. The day we met Jim was like a light bulb went off for our entire family, needless to say we hired Jim immediately. From the very beginning it has been the most positive and supportive relationship. Jim’s dedication assisting Kyle to pursue his goals and dreams, while being honest and direct has been a great experience. Jim is a great role model to our son, he is calm , cool and collected at all times. If any parent is in the process of searching for a golf advisor for your child, please put Jim at the very top of the list. We have met many smart, talented and insightful people in the golf world and Jim Kelson is for sure one of the best.

Please feel free to contact Rod (202-413-8108) or Kim at (301-351-3722) if you have any questions.

Mark Dorman – Medina, Ohio

“Deciding to work with Jim Kelson was the best decision we made in my Son’s senior year of High School golf. It was obvious to me that Jim truly cared about our Son’s improvement, and it showed throughout our sessions with Jim. Jim’s vast coaching experience brings a ton of credibility to every interaction with a high school golfer- My Son ‘listened’ to every word Coach Kelson has to say. I highly recommend to any player & parent work with Jim Kelson - you will be glad you did!”

Rocky Hambric – CEO, Hambric Sports Group

I have known Jim Kelson for almost 30 years and I have scouted and recruited many of his college players over those years. I have always observed Jim to be an extremely knowledgeable golf coach, who cares a great deal for his players and their futures. Jim is both an excellent judge of golf talent and an experienced developer of talented players. His years of top level college coaching would be invaluable to a young player seeking to play college golf.

Chris Paisley – PGA European Tour Winner

My four years at UT were the most important years of my golfing career. Coach Kelson and his program provided me with all the help and tools I needed to improve as a golfer. But most importantly, I grew as a person. Without doubt, I would not be a successful golfer without those four years at UT under Coach Kelson’s guidance.

Robert & Linda Wingerter

Jim Kelson was a great resource to have in our corner – but get him early! By the time we found Jim, we were already talking to several schools but had no idea how to “get the ball over the goal line”. We were stressing out!

Immediately, Jim was a calming resource explaining the next steps in the process and giving insight to the coach’s mind. He worked with Justin on what to consider in a college, questions to ask a coach, and how to evaluate teammates. Every coach complemented Justin on the quality of his questions, and Justin was able to really understand the program and team attitude.

For the parents, having a resource to talk to… and part-time referee... was invaluable. Sometimes it was a simple text about how to respond or a phone call when considering offers, when to push, or hold back with coaches. Knowing we had an expert in our corner helped tremendously!

In the end, our son had multiple D1 offers, he chose a school and coach that he can’t wait to play for, and for the parents – relief!! Job well done! Thanks Jim!

John McDearman

Coack Kelson has been instrumental in Mark’s pursuit and achievement of securing a scholarship in golf on the D-1 level. What has impressed me the most has been his honesty and openness with Mark. He has shared with him where he needs to spend his practice time and always checks in after his tournaments. My investment in Coach Kelson and his program have given us great returns on many levels.

Patty and Phil Pettitt

Phil and I want to thank you for every single thing that you have done for our son Philip and for us! Since the July day in 2003 when you first came to our home to recruit Philip you have always done exactly what you said you would do every step of the way throughout his college/golf years with you. Thank you Coach K for pursuing our Philip to come play golf for you at the University of Tennessee. You have been an outstanding example and role model of honesty, integrity, organization and exceptional values for Philip since the day he arrived at the University of Tennessee in late August of 2004 until he graduated last December.