A New Beginning


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.'