A New Beginning

By Golf Channel DigitalMay 20, 2010, 10:09 pm

1.  Tell us a little about Red Numbers Golf.


'My mission is to help families navigate junior golf and manage college placement. I have worked with over 175 families since 2003 and am always trying to help people understand and follow the process necessary for them to ultimately play college golf. I assist people with tournament scheduling, finding the right golf swing or short game instructor, setting goals and objectives, and developing a list of potential 'best fit' schools and golf programs.'


2.  What is your greatest moment/memory since founding Red Numbers Golf?

For me, it has been very rewarding to see how my business provides a necessary service in the marketplace for families who are dealing with the complex recruiting process during a very important time in their son or daughter's life.'


3.  What is your greatest moment/memory as the head golf coach at UNF?

'Seeing the golf program at UNF remain regionally and nationally competitive while it grew from an NAIA program, to an NCAA Division II program and then ultimately to an NCAA Division I program was a great thing. A lot of people worked hard to make this transition happen and to build a program that could compete at the highest level of collegiate golf.'


4.  How do you help great junior golfers transition into even better collegiate golfers?

'One of my main goals throughout the Red Numbers Golf program is to help junior players realize what they will face as collegiate student-athletes and to make recommendations that will prepare them to be successful both in the classroom and on the golf course. This starts with the implementation of effective time management skills. I recently wrote a 'Going to College' article on the Junior Golf Scoreboard that addresses this very question.'



5.  What do most students look for in a school during their college selection process?

'Through the Red Numbers Golf program, I strive to help prospective student-athletes research and target schools and golf programs that are potential 'best fits' for them academically, athletically, socially, geographically and financially. For those who aspire to play collegiate golf, it is essential to target golf programs where they have a realistic chance of playing regularly among the team's top five players. I also encourage these college prospects to target schools where they could see themselves fitting in even if they did not participate in golf. Campus visits and meetings with golf coaches are the keys steps in this complex process.'


6.  How often do you work with these student-athletes?

'I speak with my clients (players and parents) on a regular basis either through e-mail, telephone calls or in-person meetings. Once we develop an action plan that uniquely addresses the student's goals, we then all work as a team to make sure the necessary steps are being taken to reach these goals and meet any applicable deadlines along the way.'


7.  What is the most common problem that players face when making the transition from high school to college?

'They struggle with time management (see question #4). Being away from home for the first time creates a new set of responsibilities and makes effective time management essential for the student-athlete to succeed in their classes and with their collegiate golf career. Once they learn and implement these skills, most do very well and have productive college careers.'


8.  What is one (your most important) piece of advice you always give junior golfers making the transition?

'Build a strong support team at home and continue to communicate with them even when you are in college. Why would you discontinue speaking with them once you leave for college? Remember, this support team likely helped you achieve your goals in the key principles and values that your parents and instructors have taught you as a junior. Continue to focus on these throughout your college career.'


9.  Do you continue to keep in touch with these kids throughout college and into the future?

'Yes, I try to monitor the progress of my former clients while they are competing in college golf and occasionally will see them participate in a tournament or two throughout the season. I have also had several former clients contact me after they graduated from college for career advice and/or job recommendations.'


10.  Is there any particular player you have helped that sticks out?

'No one in particular, however there are multiple families I have worked with where I can see the difference I made in helping them throughout this process. Some of these folks had no idea how to navigate junior golf or manage college placement, and in many of these cases, their son or daughter would not have had the opportunity to play college golf. Helping these folks understand the key steps in the recruiting process, and then watching them follow through and achieve their goals really stands out to me.'

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Stock Watch: Strange grumpy; Tiger Time again?

By Ryan LavnerJanuary 23, 2018, 1:00 pm

Each week on GolfChannel.com, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


Jon Rahm (+9%): This should put his whirlwind 17 months in the proper context: Rahm (38) has earned four worldwide titles in 25 fewer starts – or a full season quicker – than Jordan Spieth (63). This kid is special.

Tommy Fleetwood (+7%): Putting on a stripe show in windy conditions, the Englishman defended his title in Abu Dhabi (thanks to a back-nine 30) and capped a 52-week period in which he won three times, contended in majors and WGCs, and soared inside the top 15 in the world.

Sergio (+3%): Some wholesale equipment changes require months of adjustments. In Garcia’s case, it didn’t even take one start, as the new Callaway staffer dusted the field by five shots in Singapore.

Rory (+2%): Sure, it was a deflating Sunday finish, as he shot his worst round of the week and got whipped by Fleetwood, but big picture he looked refreshed and built some momentum for the rest of his pre-Masters slate. That’s progress.

Ken Duke (+1%): Looking ahead to the senior circuit, Duke, 48, still needs a place to play for the next few years. Hopefully a few sponsors saw what happened in Palm Springs, because his decision to sub in for an injured Corey Pavin for the second and third rounds – with nothing at stake but his amateur partner’s position on the leaderboard – was as selfless as it gets.


Austin Cook (-1%): The 54-hole leader in the desert, he closed with 75 – the worst score of anyone inside the top 40. Oy.

Phil (-2%): All of that pre-tournament optimism was tempered by the reality of his first missed cut to start the new year since 2009. Now ranked 45th in the world, his position inside the top 50 – a spot he’s occupied every week since November 1993 – is now in jeopardy.

Careful What You Wish For (-3%): Today’s young players might (foolishly) wish they could have faced Woods in his prime, but they’ll at least get a sense this week of the spectacle he creates. Playing his first Tour event in a year, and following an encouraging warmup in the Bahamas, his mere presence at Torrey is sure to leave everyone else to grind in obscurity.

Curtis Strange (-5%): The two-time U.S. Open champ took exception with the chummy nature of the CareerBuilder playoff, with Rahm and Andrew Landry chatting between shots. “Are you kidding me?” Strange tweeted. “Talking at all?” The quality of golf was superb, so clearly they didn’t need to give each other the silent treatment to summon their best.

Brooks Koepka (-8%): A bummer, the 27-year-old heading to the DL just as he was starting to come into his own. The partially torn tendon in his left wrist is expected to knock him out of action until the Masters, but who knows how long it’ll take him to return to game shape.

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What's in the bag: CareerBuilder winner Rahm

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 22, 2018, 10:37 pm

Jon Rahm defeated Andrew Landry in a playoff to earn his second PGA Tour title at the CareerBuilder Challenge. Here's what's in his bag:

Driver: TaylorMade M4 (9.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees), with Aldila Tour Green 75 TX shaft

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), P750 (4-PW), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind (52, 56 degrees), Milled Grind Hi-Toe (60 degrees), with Project X 6.5 shafts

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Red

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

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Strange irked by Rahm-Landry friendly playoff

By Jason CrookJanuary 22, 2018, 9:45 pm

Curtis Strange knows a thing or two about winning golf tournaments, and based on his reaction to the CareerBuilder Challenge playoff on Sunday, it’s safe to say he did things a little differently while picking up 17 PGA Tour victories in his Hall-of-Fame career.

While Jon Rahm and Andrew Landry were “battling” through four extra holes, Strange, 62, tweeted his issues with the duo’s constant chit-chat and friendly banter down the stretch at La Quinta Country Club, where Rahm eventually came out on top.

The two-time U.S. Open champ then engaged with some followers to explain his point a little more in depth.

So, yeah ... don't think he's changing his perspective on this topic anytime soon ever.

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Randall's Rant: The Euros won't just roll over

By Randall MellJanuary 22, 2018, 9:36 pm

The Ryder Cup may not be the King Kong of golf events yet, but you can hear the biennial international team event thumping its chest a full eight months out.

As anticipation for this year’s big events goes, there is more buzz about Europe’s bid to hold off a rejuvenated American effort in Paris in September than there is about the Masters coming up in April.

Thank Europe’s phenomenal success last weekend for that.

And Rory McIlroy’s impassioned remarks in Abu Dhabi.

And the provocative bulletin board material a certain Sports Illustrated writer provided the Europeans a couple months ago, with a stinging assault on the Euro chances that read like an obituary.

McIlroy was asked in a news conference before his 2018 debut last week what he was most excited about this year.

The Ryder Cup topped his list.

Though McIlroy will be trying to complete the career Grand Slam at Augusta National come April, he talked more about the Ryder Cup than he did any of the game’s major championships.

When asked a follow-up about the American team’s resurgence after a task-force overhaul and the injection of young, new star power, McIlroy nearly started breaking down the matchup. He talked about the young Americans and how good they are.

“Yeah, the Americans have been, obviously, very buoyant about their chances and whatever, but it’s never as easy as that. ... The Ryder Cup’s always close,” McIlroy said. “I think we’ll have a great team, and it definitely won’t be as easy as they think it’s going to be.”

McIlroy may have been talking about Alan Shipnuck’s bold prediction after the American Presidents Cup rout last fall.

Or similar assertions from TV analysts.

“The Ryder Cup is dead – you just don’t know it yet,” Shipnuck wrote. “One of the greatest events in sport is on the verge of irrelevancy. The young, talented, hungry golfers from the United States, benefitting from the cohesive leadership of the Task Force era, are going to roll to victory in 2018 in Paris.”

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn won’t find words that will motivate the Euros more than that as he watches his prospective players jockey to make the team.

And, boy, did they jockey last weekend.

The Euros dominated across the planet, not that they did it with the Ryder Cup as some rallying cry, because they didn’t. But it was a heck of an encouraging start to the year for Bjorn to witness.

Spain’s Jon Rahm won the CareerBuilder Challenge on the PGA Tour, England’s Tommy Fleetwood started the week at Abu Dhabi paired with American and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and won the European Tour event, and Spain’s Sergio Garcia won the Singapore Open in a rout on the Asian Tour.

And McIlroy looked close to being in midseason form, tying for third in his first start in three months.

Yes, it’s only January, and the Ryder Cup is still a long way off, with so much still to unfold, but you got an early sense from McIlroy how much defending European turf will mean to him and the Euros in Paris in September.

The Masters is great theater, the U.S. Open a rigorous test, The Open and the PGA Championship historically important, too, but the Ryder Cup touches a nerve none of those do.

The Ryder Cup stokes more fervor, provokes more passion and incites more vitriol than any other event in golf.

More bulletin board material, too.

Yeah, it’s a long way off, but you can already hear the Ryder Cup’s King Kong like footsteps in its distant approach. Watching how the American and European teams come together will be an ongoing drama through spring and summer.