Nike Golf Camps, University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois
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Join accomplished touring professional and Fighting Illini Men’s Golf Coach, Mike Small, for a week of unrivaled golf instruction at Nike Junior Golf Camps at University of Illinois, a member of the storied Big Ten conference. Coach Small has been hosting this premier junior golf camp in Illinois for over a decade and has helped over one thousand campers improve their game.
Nike Golf campers stay on campus in air-conditioned dorms and travel a short distance to the University’s Orange and Blue Golf Courses, home to the Illini men’s and women’s golf teams, where they participate in daily instruction and staff-supervised course play. *This camp location is for boys only.
- Instruction by PGA professionals, college coaches and players
- Daily course play with Coach Small and his staff on University of Illinois Golf Courses
- Fun competitions including skills tests, scrambles and more
- Nike amenity package including a Nike hat, one dozen Nike golf balls, a camp workbook, Nike bag tag and other great prizes
- Fun, supervised off-course activities including include golf seminars, 'movie and pizza' night, swimming, guest speakers and more
- Video analysis and take-home DVD
- Campers reside in Bromley Hall on the Illinois campus
- Special Nike Camp tournament on last day
Orange and Blue Golf Courses
Participants in the Nike Junior Overnight Camp practice and play each day at the University’s Orange and Blue Golf Courses. Situated approximately six miles south of the campus, the two University of Illinois Golf Courses serve not only the UI golf teams, but also students, faculty, staff and the general public. Both courses feature rolling terrain, strategically-placed bunkers and water on several holes. The Orange Course, the more challenging of the two, has played host to several collegiate events including the 1988 Big Ten Championships and the 1991 Women’s Big Ten Championships.Meet your coaching staff
Head Coach Mike Small has brought national recognition to the Illinois golf program in his decade as head coach. Small has guided the Illini to three consecutive Big Ten championships and his team to 21 team titles in the past four seasons. In 2011, the Illini completed their best NCAA finish since 1941, reaching the NCAA match play quaterfinals and tying for fifth overall. Over the past four years, Illinois has consistently been ranked in the top 10 in the country, finishing seventh in the 2011 Golfweek computer rankings. Illinois is one of only seven schools to reach the NCAA finals each of the past four years. Combined with the construction of the state-of-the art Demirjian Practice Facility in 2007, it is the unique combination of having a respected teacher/coach and a current playing professional wrapped up in one man that has the 44-year old Small lifting the Illini to a national contender. The Fighting Illini have competed in six NCAA National Championships over the last nine years. Coach Small, a native of central Illinois, has been a prominent figure in Illinois golf for well over a decade.Read Full Bio
¨ Illini letter-winner, men’s golf, 1985-88
¨ Member of 1988 Big Ten Championship team
¨ 1988 Big Ten Championship Individual runner-up
¨ Named to 'All Big Ten' team
¨ 2006, 2007 and 2010 PGA Professional Player of the Year
¨ Nine-time Illinois PGA Champion
¨ 2007 Illinois Match Play Champion
¨ 2007 Low Club Professional at PGA Championship
¨ 2005 and 2009 and 2010 National PGA Club Pro Champion
¨ Has qualified for 60 PGA Tour Events, including nine majors
¨ Made cut in PGA Championship in 2005 and 2007, missed cut by one in 2006
¨ Four-time Big Ten Coach of the Year
¨ Three-time Eaton Golf Pride Midwest Region Coach of the Year
¨ Six NCAA Championship appearances
¨ 2009-2011 Big Ten Champion
Coach Small will be assisted this summer by a number of college head and assistant coaches from prominent athletic programs, including:
- Ray Kralis, Head Men’s Golf Coach at Illinois State University
- Tom Porten, Head Men’s Golf Coach at Northern Illinois University
- Dave Pezzino, Head Men’s Golf Coach at U of Connecticut
- Zack Zedrick, Head Men’s Golf Coach at Miami of Ohio
- Zach Guthrie, Asst. Men’s Golf Coach at U of Illinois
- Phil Zaccari, Head Boys Golf Coach at Effingham St. Anthony HS
Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.
During inclement weather, campers will use the brand-new, state-of-the-art practice facility at Illinois. This facility includes covered range stalls, indoor putting and chipping greens, video swing analysis and much more.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up, Breakfast
- 8:00am Camp meeting at practice facility, skill demonstrations from staff focusing on key elements of the swing for that day
- 8:30am Instruction - campers rotate through stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the full swing
- Noon Lunch/relaxation
- 1:00pm Course play with staff (9-18 holes daily) focusing on strategy, shot selection, course management, rules and etiquette
- 6:00pm Dinner, free time, seminars, guest speakers
- 8:00pm Evening activities
- 10:00pm Lights out
- Check-in will take place on Sunday at the cafeteria in Bromley Hall between 2:30 - 3:30 pm. Graduation will take place on Thursday at 2:00 pm at Bromley Hall and campers check-out around 2:30pm following graduation. Linens are not provided and roomates are 98% guaranteed with 2-3 campers housed per room.
- Campers arriving to Willard Airport are to secure their own transportation to and from the airport. Preferred arrivals are between 10:00 am - 1:00 pm on Sunday and preferred departures are between 3:00 - 6:00 pm on Thursday.
- The Overnight fee includes all golf instruction, green fees, evening activities, housing and meals.
- The Extended Day fee includes all of the above except housing and breakfast. Extended Day campers may participate in the evening activities.
- Campers are supervised 24 hours a day. The staff lives in the dormitories/resort accommodations with the campers and participates in evening activities. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco are strictly prohibited, and constitute, along with general misconduct, grounds for dismissal from camp without a refund.
- A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring.