“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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.