Nike Golf Camps, University of Maryland

Nike Golf Camps, University of Maryland
Nike Golf Camps, University of Maryland

Our junior golf camps at University of Maryland takes place in College Park just outside Washington D.C. Junior golfers, ages 10 - 18, of all ability levels are welcome to join for an unforgettable camp experience in 2016!

We are excited to offer two sessions of camp this summer at University of Maryland. Long-time Camp Director and Men's Head Coach, Jason Rodenhaver, returns for his 20th consecutive year of hosting Nike Camp, while Women's Head Coach Diana Cantu, in her second year at the helm, comes on board to offer a second week of camp. Session I runs from June 19th - 22nd and is directed by Coach Cantu. Coach Rodenhaver will direct Session II from July 24th - 27th. Both camp weeks are coed and open to players ages 10 - 18. Our directors are committed to helping each camper become a better player, and we hope all our participants leave camp having established new friendships and more passion for the game. 

Highlights Include

  • Instruction from nationally recognized college coaches and players
  • Small group instruction with low student/teacher ratio
  • Daily on-course instruction with the University of Maryland staff
  • Nike amenity package including a hat, one dozen golf balls, camp workbook, bag tag and other great prizes
  • Supervised, evening activities on campus
  • A healthy and positive learning environment designed to help every camper get better!
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Dates & Prices

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Jason Rodenhaver
Camp Director

Jason Rodenhaver

Jason Rodenhaver took over as the Maryland men's golf head coach in 2011 and served as the director of intercollegiate golf and oversaw the men’s and women’s programs for three years. Jason serves as camp director for Session II from July 24 - 27, 2016.

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Prior to his role as the director of intercollegiate golf for both teams, Rodenhaver became the first head coach of the women’s golf program in 1999. Overall, he served as the women’s golf head coach for 12 years and has been associated with Maryland golf as a head coach, assistant, and student-athlete for over two decades.

“We would like to sincerely thank Jason for his commitment and long-standing service to the University of Maryland men’s and women’s golf programs. We’re excited that he will continue to lead our men’s program,” Anderson said. “As an alum of the men’s golf program, he truly appreciates what it means to be a part of Maryland athletics. We applaud the outstanding job he’s done over the last three years as the director of intercollegiate golf. With our transition to the Big Ten, we felt this was an important step for both our men’s and women’s golf programs.”

Rodenhaver led the women’s program to six NCAA Regionals appearances, 18 team wins, 10 All-ACC honorees, 13 Academic All-Americans and seven individual tournament wins. In his three years with the men’s team, he helped Sean Bosdosh earn All-ACC honors and earn individual bids to the NCAA Regionals in 2013 and 2014. His teams have won the President’s Cup three times.

Rodenhaver played three seasons for the Terrapins and led the team to a fifth-place finish at the ACC Championship in 1994. That finish was the best for Maryland since 1978. He was a two-year captain of the men's golf team and participated in the NCAA East Regional in his senior season.

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Diana Cantu
Camp Director

Diana Cantu

Diana Cantu is in her second year as head women's golf coach at Maryland after a successful three-year stint as the top assistant at Baylor University. Coach Cantu serves as camp director for Session I from June 19 - 22, 2016.

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In her first year with the Lady Bears, she helped guide the squad to just the second NCAA Championship appearance in program history. In 2011-12, Baylor also saw its first women's golf All-American (Hayley Davis) as well as two All-Big 12 performers (Davis, Chelsey Cothran).

During her second year at Baylor, the Lady Bears came within a stroke of earning an NCAA Championship berth after a ninth-place finish at the NCAA West Regional. Davis repeated as an All-American, and Lauren Taylor was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Last season, Davis earned an individual appearance at the NCAA Championship and the team took third at the Big 12 Conference Championship.

“Diana is passionate about Maryland and the game of golf and brings a coaching philosophy that is completely in sync with our core values of nurturing and empowering student-athletes,” Maryland Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson said. “She is a high energy individual who is a tireless recruiter and is an ideal fit for our women’s golf program as we make the transition into our inaugural season in the Big Ten conference.”

As a student-athlete at the University of Tennessee, Cantú put together one of the finest careers in Lady Vols women’s golf history as a member of three NCAA Championship teams (2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10). She earned All-SEC and NCAA East All-Region honors as a senior and ranks eighth in UT history in stroke average (76.16) and second in career rounds played (130).

In her junior campaign with the Vols, she ranked fourth in the country in three-putt holes (0.70) and 11th in average putts (30.47). She was an NCAA Academic All-American in 2007.

"I am honored to be leading the University of Maryland women's golf program and I want to thank Kevin Anderson and associate athletic director Ryan Bowles for this incredible opportunity,” Cantú said. “Maryland has an outstanding reputation both academically and in athletics. I am looking forward to continuing to grow this great program coach Jason Rodenhaver has built and taking it to new heights.”

Prior to arriving to Tennessee, the Monterrey, Mexico, native captured the 2005 Mexican Amateur title and was the runner-up in 2006. Cantú has been a member of the Mexican National Team since 2005 and won an individual silver medal to help lead Mexico to team gold at the 2007 University Games in Thailand.

Cantú graduated from Tennessee with a degree in business administration and a master’s degree in sports management from Baylor.

Steve Delmar
Coach

Steve Delmar

Steven Delmar is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the University of Maryland men's golf team. Delmar comes to Maryland after a successful playing career at Coastal...

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Steven Delmar is in his fourth season as an assistant coach for the University of Maryland men's golf team. Delmar comes to Maryland after a successful playing career at Coastal Carolina University, in addition to a four-year stint as assistant to the golf professional at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, MD. Steve is on staff for both camp sessions in 2016.

Delmar, who is from Rockville, participated in the 2009 and 2012 United States Amateur and the 2011 United States Amateur Public Links. He also won the 2012 Maryland Public Links by shooting a 3-under 139 on 36 holes(70-69).

At Columbia Country Club, Delmar was responsible for the daily operations in the golf shop in the absence of the Head Golf Professional and Assistant Golf Professional. He was also involved with preparation and execution of club tournaments and responsible for coaching and mentoring of junior golfers through club activities.

Delmar received his B.S. in management from Coastal in May of 2011.

Kristen Simpson
Coach

Kristen Simpson

Kristen Simpson is in her second year as an assistant coach for the Maryland women’s golf team. Kristen is on staff for both camp sessions in 2016. The 2008 Virginia stroke Play...

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Kristen Simpson is in her second year as an assistant coach for the Maryland women’s golf team. Kristen is on staff for both camp sessions in 2016.

The 2008 Virginia stroke Play Champion and two-time Virginia State Amateur runner-up, Simpson has served as the assistant coach at Old Dominion for both the men’s and women’s golf programs since 2011.

A graduate from Virginia with a degree in economics, Simpson also has a Master's degree from UVA in social foundations of education.

Staff

Our camp directors will be assisted by current varsity athletes from University of Maryland.

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Our camp directors will be assisted by current varsity athletes from University of Maryland.

Camp Details

Nike Golf Camps at University of Maryland offer each junior golfer the same opportunity to succeed, regardless of their starting point.  Coaches Rodenhaver and Cantu offer a positive and fun learning environment, one in which campers can thrive under the direction of motivated and highly skilled instructors. The staff is on hand 24 hours a day to provide supervision so parents can rest easy knowing their child is happy and healthy under our care. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.

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Program Options

The Overnight fee includes all golf instruction, course play, evening activities, housing and all meals. The Extended Day fee includes all of the above except housing and breakfast. Extended Day campers may participate in the evening activities which will include golf activities, recreational sports, movies and more.

Check-In and Check-Out

Registration occurs from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at the University of Maryland. Check-out will be between 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. immediately following the graduation ceremony on the last day of camp.

Transportation

Nike Golf Schools and Jr. Camps does not provide transportation to and from airports, bus depots or train stations. The packet we send to registered campers in the spring offers suggestions on shuttle services for each specific camp. 

Supervision

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.

Registration Packets

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.

Facilities

University of Maryland Golf Course

Campers practice and play at the University of Maryland Golf Course; an 18-hole semi-private championship golf course located on the north perimeter of the University of Maryland’s flagship campus. The UM Golf Course is the home of the Terrapins’ men’s and women’s golf teams. Open year-round, the 6,700-yard championship course features a newly constructed clubhouse which was completed in April 1999. The course has long been the site of numerous state and regional tournaments, and the 35,000-square foot, plantation-style clubhouse has become a gathering point for campus and surrounding communities.

Sample Daily Schedule

  • 7:00am Wake-up, breakfast
  • 8:30am Instruction stations - campers rotate between putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and full-swing practice
  • Noon Lunch/relaxation
  • 1:00pm Course play with staff (9-18 holes daily) focusing on course management, strategy, shot selection, rules and etiquette
  • 6:00pm Dinner, free time, guest speakers, seminars
  • 8:00pm Evening activities
  • 10:00pm Lights out

Camper Reviews

Brad P.Parent

  • 5/5.
Amazing Camp Experience

"Maryland was an amazing camp experience for my son.  He thought his putting improved the most, but I think he is all around a better player. Jason and his staff were great!"

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Tomas F.Junior Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Gained Valuable Knowledge

"Learned a lot about golf this summer.  The small group teaching was perfect.  Just enough attention from the coaches and tons of fun with the other campers.  Made a lot of friends and gained valuable knowledge."

Eric K.Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Learned a lot

"Nike Golf Camp taught me a lot about my game. The week was a valuable experience for me and I had a great time with all of the staff and campers! Thanks!"

Thomas T.Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Really Fun

"My first golf camp experience was really fun. The coaches were nice and helped me with my swing because I was a beginner. Thank you so much."

John M. Parent

  • 5/5.
Can't Wait To Return!

"This is second time my son has attend the Nike Maryland Golf Camp as an over nighter. There have been no problems or complaints voiced by him each time. For a fouteen year old not to complain, you guys must be doing something right. The staff are great. My son is looking forward to returning!"

Jake F.Overnight Camper

  • 4/5.
Loved the Coaches

"The coaches were helpful and kind. Very supportive and fun!"

Jake S.Overnight Camper

  • 5/5.
Looking Forward to Next Year

"Very enjoyable! Looking forward to coming back next year."

Andy K.Camper

  • 4/5.
Fun!

"Camp was so fun!"

John R.Camper

  • 3/5.
Should've gone to advanced camp

"When signing up for this camp, they told us it was appropriate for my skill level. It would have been more appropriate for me to go to an advanced level camp and wish that had been made clear. Better screening upon registration might help."

Brett L.Camper

  • 4/5.
Still had fun!

"There was too much supervision but a tremendous camp."

Will A.Camper

  • 4/5.
Great camp!

"I made improvements in both my full swing and my short game; I really enjoyed that I was able to play everyday and get better, even though it was really hot. I just wish the counsellors would pay better attention to the other campers due to their immaturity and violations of true golf etiquette."

Camp Dates & Prices

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