College Golf Consulting 101

Our organization’s main objective is to provide you invaluable college golf insights. As someone that coached college golf at the highest levels of Div 1 for 30 years, I feel uniqiuely qualifed to provide your family critical knowledge in the following 3 areas:


In terms of Recruiting you will learn/be provided:

  1. The proper level of collegiate golf for your daughter/son
  2. How to create exposure
  3. Permissable liason between client and coaches
  4. When and how to correspond with coaches

In terms of Preparation you will learn:

  1. What environment is going to make you sucessful?
  2. What is important when selecting a program/University
  3. The correct questions to ask coaches
  4. Learn how to practice and prepare like an All-American

In term’s of Development your child will learn:

  1. Course Management
  2. Controlling wedge distances
  3. Mental game of golf
  4. 10 types of chip shots/ short game principles
  5. Positive self-talk and self-image formation

All these phases will be covered either over a two day period in Knoxville, TN under our level 101 program or a 2.5 day in home visit under our level 201 program.

The bottom line is that organization is here to help take some of the stress out of the recruiting process. Besides the price, another major difference in our organization and some others, is that we carry relatively few clients compared with our competitors, We want to offer you personalized service.

Please read our recommendations on this site.

I would appreciate the opportunity to work with you.


  • 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.