Nike Junior Golf Camp, WSU and University of Idaho
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Nike Junior Golf Camps
Enjoy top-notch instruction from Washington State University and University of Idaho golf coaches. We look forward to another great golf camp this summer!
Washington State University sits just eight miles from the University of Idaho in a region commonly referred to as Palouse. Both universities boast their own golf 18-hole golf course and have fantastic, young golf coaches at the helm. Campers of all abilities will enjoy daily instruction and course play under the direction of Lisa Johnson and Kelli Kamimura. With the right mix of golf and fun off-the-course activities, this camp should prove to be a memorable and rewarding experience for all who attend.
Day Camp Option: The Day Camp program runs from 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday and Tuesday. Following check-in on Sunday, day campers participate from 12:00 - 5:00pm. On Wednesday, day campers participate from 9:00am - 5:00pm prior to check-out.
- Small group instruction with low student:teacher ratio from nationally recognized college coaches
- Daily course play at scenic courses on the Palouse
- Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
- Fun, staff-supervised off-course and evening activities (movie night, pizza night, field games etc.)
- Great accommodations at the University of Idaho
- Safe, healthy and fun learning environment
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Co-Director Kelli Kamimura
Kelli Kamimura is the head coach of the Washington State University women's golf team. A native of Burlington, Wash. (Sedro Woolley HS), Kamimura joined the Cougars after spending the previous six seasons at Pepperdine.View Kelli Kamimura's Bio ⟩
She began her tenure with the Blue Wave in January 2006, as an assistant coach but was promoted to associate women's golf coach in August 2007. Kamimura helped lead Pepperdine to six-consecutive West Coast Conference Championships (2004-09) and four top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including a third-place effort in 2006. Kamimura's 2008 squad set an NCAA record for lowest three-round team score, shooting 41-under-par at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown.
Prior to joining Pepperdine's staff, Kamimura served as the assistant women's golf coach at Washington, her alma mater, from August 2002 through December 2003.
In her first season with the Cougars in 2009-10, Kamimura guided a young squad comprising of three freshmen, a sophomore and a redshirt junior to a second-place finish at the Giustina Memorial. WSU also placed two individuals on the Pacific-10 Conference All-Academic Teams.
A four-year letterwinner and a two-year team captain during her collegiate career, Kamimura was a National Golf Coaches Association All-America Second Team selection as a junior in 2001 and was named honorable mention as a freshman in 1999. She received All-Pacific-10 Conference recognition all four years, garnering first-team honors in both 1999 and 2001. She was also a three-time honoree on the Pac-10 All-Academic Team (2000-02).
Kamimura led the Huskies to five tournament victories and two NCAA Championship berths, and still holds the school's record for most individual tournament victories (four). She was also selected to represent the United States in the 1999 and 2002 US-Japan Cup Matches.
During her high school career, Kamimura captured the state championship four times and led Sedro Woolley to the team title in 1997 with her sister Jenny Swanson. She won two state titles as a competitor in the Washington Junior Golf Association, was a multiple first-team American Junior Golf Association All-America honoree and a was member of the Canon Cup team.
Kamimura graduated from Washington in 2003 with a bachelor's in communication, and completed her master's in business administration from Pepperdine in 2008.
Co-Director Lisa Johnson
Lisa Johnson has returned to her Northwest roots as the head golf coach at the University of Idaho in the fall of 2007 and picked up where her predecessor left on in continuing to improve Vandal women’s golf and put it on the national map.View Lisa Johnson's Bio ⟩
She’s done exactly that with 2012 graduate Kayla Mortellaro earning her LPGA card for the 2013 professional season. While at Idaho, Mortellaro became the winningest player in school history and was a three-time recipient of Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors along with Freshman of the Year recognition during her first collegiate season.
After taking a program that won the 2007 Western Athletic Conference title, she guided the women to an historic three-victory season in 2009-10 and a berth in their second NCAA regional competition. That, she says, is just a step along the way in the program achieving its ultimate goal.
Director of athletics Rob Spear said Johnson was a natural choice when she selected to take over the program.
“Lisa not only is a quality golf coach but a quality individual whose goals mirror that of the athletic department – to produce premier programs,” he said.
Johnson was a relative late-comer to golf – and took up the game at the suggestion of her high school swim coach.
“It was his nice way of telling me, ‘You work hard and you’re a good swimmer, but …,’ ” Johnson said with a laugh.
She continues the hard work at Idaho as a driving force behind upgrades for the program in the form of renovated lockerrooms, an indoor practice area and an enhancing short-game facility.
Johnson earned her master’s degree at the University of Idaho after graduating cum laude at Gonzaga University in 2000. While at Gonzaga, Johnson was chosen the Bulldog Female Student-Athlete of the Year, was a West Coast Conference all-conference selection, a WCC all-academic honoree, and the winner of three individual tournaments. She also was the president of SAAC and a member of the Athletics Council. Prior to returning to Idaho, Johnson spent 5½ years at Boise State.
She was married in February 2008 to John Johnson, senior associate athletic director at neighboring Washington State University. The couple has twin children – Ellie and Cooper.
Nike Junior Golf Camps at WSU and Univ of Idaho offer each junior golfer the same opportunity to succeed, regardless of their starting point. Our program offers a positive and fun learning environment, one in which campers can thrive under the direction of motivated and highly skilled instructors. Upon arrival, all participants are evaluated by the staff so that their own instructional needs can be addressed throughout the week.Show Less See More Camp Details
Participants are housed on campus at the University of Idaho in Moscow, ID. The rooms are doubles and roommate requests are honored. The staff lives in the dorms with the campers to provide supervision throughout the week. Meals are enjoyed in the dining commons just as if the campers were students of the University.
Check-In and Check-Out
Check-in occurs between 11:00am - 12:00pm on the first day of camp. Check-out is at 5:00 p.m. on the last day of camp.
The overnight camp price includes all meals/lodging and golf activities. The Day Camp program runs from 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday and Tuesday. Following check-in on Sunday, day campers participate from 12:00 - 5:00pm. On Wednesday, day campers participate from 9:00am - 5:00pm prior to check-out.
Nike Junior Golf 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.
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.
Sample Daily Schedule
- 7:00am Wake-up/breakfast
- 8:00am Camp meeting at practice facility, skills demonstrations from staff focusing on key elements of the swing for that day
- 8:30am Instruction- campers rotate stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and the full swing
- Noon Lunch/relaxation
- 1:00pm Course play with staff. Coaches to provide on course instruction on course management, club and shot selection, strategy, rules and etiquette
- 6:00pm Dinner, relax, free-time
- 8:00pm Evening activity (supervised golf and non-golf activities) movies, field games, swimming, night golf, etc.
- 10:00pm Lights out
- *Hours/schedule may vary
Palouse Ridge Golf Club at WSU
Stunning links style course runs adjacent to the WSU campus and follows the natural contours of the Palouse's trademark rolling hills. Palouse Ridge is home to the WSU men's and women's golf teams. In 2009, Palouse Ridge was ranked the #2 "Best New Course" by Golf Digest and Golfweek.
University of Idaho Golf Course
Built in 1933, the course is nestled among the rolling hills and wheat fields that are synonymous with the Palouse. The front nine features 3 par 5s in an open grassland venue, while the back nine tightens up into a narrow parkland theme. The last three holes are known locally as "heartbreak ridge." The course is home to the Vandals' men's and women's golf teams.
*Campers spend one full day and one half day at both Palouse Ridge and University of Idaho Golf Course.
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Learned so Much
"The University Idaho/WSU camp that I attended was great. The staff was awesome and I learned so much. They were all so nice and easy to talk to. They were very enthused about the camp and were also willing to answer any questions. They always made sure we were having a good time. I was also able to make some new friends. Four of us are still keeping in touch and we all plan on attending the camp next year at the same time. This camp was an amazing experience."
— Thomas G. Junior Overnight Camper
Great Experience and My Golf Skills Greatly Improved
"I absolutely loved the Idaho/WSU golf camp! It was a great experience and my golf skills greatly improved. I would definitely consider attending next summer."
— Annie F. Junior Day Camper
"2nd time attending the WSU day camp and loved every moment of it. Awesome!!"
— Garret N. Junior Day Camper
"My son had a great time. Would highly recommend this camp. We will be returning next year! Thank you Lisa and Kelli!"
— Johnny X. Parent
Staff Was Great
"First, camp my daughter attended that she enjoyed to the extent that she did not miss being home! She had so much fun that she is already planning on multiple Nike camps next year. She loved the exposure to the campus golf facilities and plans to try and take her golf past the high school level. She learned several tips and strategies to help improve her game and has taken a more serious approach to her practicing since returning. The staff was great at making everyone feel involved and valued!"
— Ricki C. Parent
"We had a great experience! Thanks to all of the coaches!
— Michael S. Overnight Camper