College Golf Consulting 101

College Golf Consulting 101 was founded for three major reasons:

  • To mentor families of junior golfers throughout the world on their junior golf development as well as guiding families through the NCAA recruiting process.
  • To instruct and coach junior players on becoming better players.
  • To consult coaches on how to become more proficient in their chosen field.


Our organization’s main objective is to simplify the NCAA recruiting process for junior golfers as well as to simplify golf instruction.

As a junior golfer who wants to play collegiate golf, it is imperative to know the ins and outs of junior golf scheduling and the NCAA recruiting process.  Knowing this valuable information will take an enormous amount of stress off of each family that is undertaking the process of selecting a U.S. college golf program.  We provide the knowledge necessary for you to market your game properly to college coaches.  We prepare junior golfers for their collegiate golf career.  At College Golf Consulting 101 we are here to answer any questions you may have regarding junior golf development or the NCAA recruiting process.  At College Golf Consulting 101 we feel eminently qualified to help our clients develop realistic expectations regarding their college selection.

Our consulting takes three different approaches:

  • Working directly via the phone and online
  • A more personalized approach with a 2.5 day in-home visit
  • Two day visit with Coach Kelson in Knoxville, TN


There are many different pricing levels of collegiate golf consultants or advisors.  At College Golf Consulting 101 we believe we can handle your needs at a fraction of the cost of our competitors.

For coaches, as well as junior players in our 101 program, our organization has developed a coaching program gleaned from the best players, teachers and coaches in the world.  These mini seminars will cover all of the major components of golf instruction as well as mental training techniques.  This information will in no way conflict with any coaching or instruction you are currently receiving from a top flight instructor or coach.  We have no doubt players will significantly improve their game as a result of this program.

Coach Kelson believes the single biggest asset a young person can have is a strong sense of self-worth.  Coach Kelson believes in tying all of the principals used in this program to one basic premise – positive self-talk.  He believes this to be the key to a young man or woman’s success.  These principals are a integral part of the Level 101 and Level 201 programs.

We would appreciate the opportunity to work with you.

Coach Kelson’s career is highlighted below.


  • 1983 Competed in NCAA Finals University of Oklahoma
  • 1983 Captured Oklahoma State Amatuer Title
  • 1987 Graduated University of Alabama
  • 1989 Men's Assistant Golf Coach University of Florida


  • 1992 Earned Master's Degree in Sports Management University of Florida
  • 1992 Head Men's Golf Coach Augusta State University
  • 1993 Augusta State University Finishes 13th in NCAA Finals
  • Augusta State University NCAA Finals 1993, 1995, 1997. 1998


  • 1998 Head Men's Golf Coach University of Tennessee
  • University of Tennessee NCAA Finals 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013
  • David Skinns named to 2003 & 2005 Palmer Cup Team
  • Coached 2005 SEC Champion David Skinns


  • 2007 SEC Men’s Golf Championship University of Tennessee
  • 2007 SEC Coach of the Year
  • 2008/2009 Charlie Ford, Chris Paisley & Robin Wingardh named to Palmer Cup Team
  • Coached 2013 NCAA Finals Individual Runner-up Rick Lamb


  • Coached 2013 U.S. Amateur Runner-up Oliver Goss
  • 2013 Chris Paisley & Garrick Porteous named to GBI Walker Cup Team
  • Coached 2014 Low Amateur at The Masters Oliver Goss
  • 13 All-American Selections


  • Teams Consistently Ranked Among the Top 25 in the Country
  • 35 Team Titles
  • 32 Individual Titles
  • 18 Academic All-American Awards

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.

Tommy and Jan Holmes

From the very first meeting in your office until the 18th green at the NCAA you have garnered our upmost respect. The experiences David has had at the University of Tennessee are beyond mere words. The guidance and instruction that has been provided to him has led him to become a better golfer as well as fostered his personal growth. You and your staff have provided the upmost support to David every step of the way. We had a challenging conversation one time in which I gained even more respect for the integrity you possess.

Ros and Phil Ford

With your guidance, patience, honesty, encouragement, love, work ethic, affection and fatherly advice throughout the 4 years he arrived back with us just as we would have hoped. There is no doubt that the 4 years spent under your guidance are making him into the golfer he craves to be and it was testament to both Bryce and yourself that he won his first Pro Tournament in Turkey and we were all so proud of him.

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.