Louisville Advanced Short Game Camp
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Competitive junior golfers are invited to Louisville, Kentucky for a golf-intensive experience held at University of Louisville Golf Club. The short game camp staff is led by University of Louisville Women's Coach, Whitney Young, and Duke University Women's Coach, Jon Whithaus.
Whether it be junior golf, collegiate golf, or professional golf, the best players are the ones who consistently maintain a high level of efficiency and success in all aspects of the short game. The Advanced Junior Short Game Camps offer evaluation, analysis, instruction and training from our highly successful instructional staff. The specialized short game work our staff members have done with their students has helped to win tournaments at the highest levels. Our staff has worked with many PGA Tour Professionals that have achieved a significant number of professional victories, including Major Championships, as well as several NCAA National Champions, and dozens of NCAA All-Americans. Overnight campers will stay at nearby Hampton Inn in Simpsonville.
The Short Game Camp in Louisville also offers a day program that includes golf instruction, lunch, course play, dinner and evening activities. This option runs from 8:30am-9:00pm (schedule varies each day).
This camp is open to any and all entrants limited by number, age, gender or grade.
- Low student to coach ratio of 4:1
- High-intensity instruction - ball control testing, putting, chipping, and bunker training
- Training and practice on all scoring scenarios within 125 yards
- Discussions on long-term development, college golf, goal setting and tournament preparation
- Camper amenity package including a hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
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Camp Director Whitney Wade Young
Whitney Wade Young, one of the most decorated golfers from the state of Kentucky and in Southeastern Conference history, joined Louisville's coaching staff in 2017. A three-time National Golf Coaches Association All-American and four-time first team all-SEC honoree, Wade Young was introduced as an assistant on head coach Courtney Trimble's staff on July 14.View Whitney's Bio ⟩
Wade Young enjoyed an exceptional collegiate playing career at Georgia that included three top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships. She aided the Bulldogs to 10 team tournament titles, most notably the 2007 SEC Championship. She is one of just three Georgia and seven SEC golfers to earn first team all-SEC honors four times.
Statistically, Wade Young compiled the sixth-best career stroke average in Georgia history. She clubbed a 74.21 over 129 rounds, posting scores even or below par in 32 rounds. She had six rounds in the 60s.
Upon her graduation from Georgia with a degree in speech communications, Wade Young continued her playing career in the professional ranks. She registered nine top-10 finishes in 47 starts on the FUTURES Tour from 2008-10. In 2009, Wade Young won the Duramed Tour Championship with a 9-under-par 204. That same season, she finished sixth on the FUTURES Tour money list to earn her LPGA Tour card for the 2010 campaign.
Additionally, Wade Young competed in three U.S. Open events. She qualified for her first Open during her high school playing career in 2003 and later earned spots in 2008 and 2011.
Camp Director Jon Whithaus
Jon serves as the Assistant Women's Golf Coach at Duke University and also owns and operates Elite Level Golf. He has extensive experience working with players to help them to move from one level to the next level in their careers. He has worked in various capacities with amateur players and professional players, having experience with players who have competed on The European Tour, The LPGA Tour, The Symetra Tour, The Challenge Tour and The Sunshine Tour.View Jon Whithaus's Bio ⟩
Jon has had a very successful collegiate coaching career over the past two decades, previously as the Associate Head Men's Golf Coach at Duke University (4 years) and the Head Men's Golf Coach at Ohio Wesleyan University (12 years). His teams have reached the NCAA Championship in 16 of those years, highlighted by 9 top-10 finishes. His teams have won over 60 tournament titles throughout his career. Whithaus is the only coach in NCAA Division I to coach both a men's (2011) and women's (2016) program into the match play semifinals of the NCAA Championship.
Your desires to improve your scoring ability and consistently move up the scoreboard can be reached through the extensive analysis, evaluation, and instruction that you receive during this program. Not only will you truly have an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses from inside 125 yards, but you'll leave the short game camp with a clear understanding how to continue your training for years to come.Show Less See More Camp Details
- Measure and analyze the putting stroke of each participant on SAM or TOMI
- Discuss the printout of each participant's putting stroke and compare with the best
- Discuss Find and agree on drills and exercises to improve
- Practice distance and directional control (Finding the speed of the greens and calibrating square)
- Ball control testing with focus on spin rates
- Trajectory control
- Distance control
- Distribution patterns
CHIPPING, PITCHING AND BUNKER
- Discussing the fundamentals of the short game
- Understanding and utilizing the bounce of wedges
- Finding a repeatable technique for chipping, pitching and bunker shots
- Controlling the spin of the ball
- Adjusting to different types of lies, grasses and sands
- Club selection for various situations
- Choosing your landing spots
- Reading the green, grain, slope and speed
- The mental fundamentals of scoring
- The characteristics of the best putting strokes on tour
- Effective practice habits & training to score
- The college recruiting processes & what gains the attention of college coaches
- Training & practice away from the golf course
- The different types of strokes: square to square vs rotation and arc
- Adjusting to different grasses, grain and speeds of greens
- Green reading and pre-shot routine
CHECK-IN AND CHECK-OUT
Please refer to the registration packet (emailed in spring) for check-in and check-out details.
Campers stay down the street from UofL Golf Club at Hampton Inn Simpsonville. Staff members stay in adjacent rooms from the participants. Campers are placed in rooms based on age, gender and roommate requests.
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.
This camp 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.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 8:30-9:30am Registration, introduction, orientation meeting
- 9:30-11:45am Group stations - putting, chipping, pitching, distance wedges
- 12:00-12:45pm Lunch and break
- 12:45-3:00pm Group stations - putting, pitching, bunker, green reading
- 3:00-3:45pm Discussions - Effective practice habits, training to score, college golf
- 3:45-6:00pm Group stations - chipping, pitching, distance wedges, putting
- 6:00-7:00pm Dinner
- 7:00-8:00pm Competitions/contests
- 8:00-9:00pm Group discussions
- 9:00pm Drive back to hotel
- 10:00pm Lights out and room check
University of Louisville Golf Club
Home to the University of Louisville men's and women's golf teams, this beautiful facility boasts top-notch practice facilities and a Championship course. Course details below:
- 22-Acre Practice Facility
- 7,192 yard, 18 hole championship course
- Multi-tiered driving range
- Titleist Pro-V1 range/practice balls
- 7 practice putting/chipping greens
Tom Musselman Golf Center
The Musselman Golf Center, which was built at a cost of $600,000, is an indoor practice facility that will house both the U of L men's and women's golf programs. The 5,500 square foot golf center has three indoor hitting bays, video equipment with swing analysis capability, men's and women's locker rooms, an indoor putting green, and coaches' offices and a players' lounge. There's also an 8,000-square foot outdoor putting green. Campers will have daily access to this center for practice and rest.
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