Nike Junior Golf Camp, Berry College
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Nike Junior Golf Camps
Nike Junior Golf Camp at Berry College returns for the eighth year in 2018 and we invite junior golfers to join Brian Farrer and John Maupin for a week of top-notch golf instruction! Rome, GA sits just outside of Atlanta and features spectacular accommodations on campus at Berry College.
Berry College offers an unusually beautiful environment for learning on its 26,000-acre campus, one of the world's largest. Fields, forests, lakes and mountains provide scenic beauty in a protected natural setting.
Nike Junior Golf Camps accommodate all skill levels; the junior player just discovering the game, the high school player trying to move up on the team, and the tournament level junior looking to improve his or her tournament results. All aspects of the game are addressed during the camp; putting, chipping, pitching, full swing, strategy, rules, and etiquette. Campers participate in drills, skills challenges, and other fun games throughout the camp week.
- Daily instruction from experienced college golf coaches with a low student/teacher ratio
- Supervised course play (9-18 holes daily) focusing on strategy, shot selection, course management, rules and etiquette
- Accommodations at the prestigious Berry College
- Camper amenity package including a Nike hat, drawstring bag, one dozen SRIXON golf balls, camp workbook and graduation certificate
- Fun, supervised off-course evening activities
- Safe, healthy and fun learning environment
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Co-Director Brian Farrer
Brian Farrer enters his 17th season as head golf coach at Berry College in 2017-18. He led the 2013-14 team to solid season. The Vikings placed third after shooting 982 (334-321-327). Before Berry left the NAIA following the 2009-10 academic/athletic year, the Vikings had never fallen out the NAIA’s top 25 during Farrer’s tenure.View Brian Farrer's Bio ⟩
In 2010, Farrer led both the men's and women's teams to the SSAC Championship and a berth in the NAIA National Tournament. The men's team placed fifth at the National Tournament, while the men were sixth. Men's All-American Samuel del Val was the SSAC Individual Champion and also placed on the NAIA All-Tournament team.
In his first year, Farrer led the Vikings to a ninth-place finish in the NAIA National Tournament.
Prior to becoming the head coach, Farrer spent a year as Scott Pierce's assistant with the Vikings, working with a team that placed second in the NAIA. In that role, Farrer helped lead the Vikings to their second straight national runner-up finish.
The Vikings are a tradition-rich program, having won the national title in 1998. The Berry men's golf team has also placed runner-up at the NAIA National Tournament on five other occasions. Women's golf has also been a varsity sport at Berry since 2001. Farrer coached Nicole Wildes to an individual National Championship during the 2004 season. Wildes was the first Berry golfer to win an individual national championship with a record setting performance in the 2004 NAIA National Tournament and finished her career as a four-time All-American. An All-American himself, Farrer has coached 10 NAIA All-American Athletes at Berry, including all four of the women's NAIA All-Americans. During that itme the team has collected a total 19 All-American Awards and 11 NAIA national academic awards.
A Berry graduate, Farrer earned a bachelor of science degree in business in 2002. He also completed a successful playing career, leading the Vikings to their sixth consecutive TranSouth Conference title and a second-place finish at the NAIA National Tournament in New Mexico.
After transferring to Berry from Gainesville College in 1998, Farrer became one of the most consistent and skilled players for the Vikings. In 2002, his best performances were a fourth-place individual finish at the TranSouth Conference Championships and a seventh-place finish at the Berry Invitational. In the 2001 season, he was a top-ten individual finisher in four tournaments, including a fifth-place finish at the TranSouth Conference Championships. As a sophomore, he earned All-American honors by placing fourth overall with a four-under-par 284 at the NAIA National Championships. He made four All-Tournament teams that year, including the TranSouth Conference Tournament, where he placed second overall. Farrer was the low medalist at the Pine Needles Invitational Tournament to open the 2000 spring season.
A native of Gainesville, Farrer graduated from North Hall High School in 1997. While at Berry, he not only was an office assistant for the golf program, he was also an active member in the Viking ABC program, the athletic service club started at Berry in 2000. He currently resides in Rome with his wife, Penny Farrer, who is also a Berry graduate, holding both an undergraduate and master's degree from Berry. The couple has two daughters, Alexis and Riley.
Co-Director John Maupin
John Maupin enters his tenth season as the head men's and women's golf coach for Lee University during the 2017-18 campaign. Maupin became only the third golf coach in Lee’s athletic history in August of 2008, replacing Coach Jack Souther, who retired after the 2008 spring season.View John Maupin's Bio ⟩
Maupin came to Lee from one of the strongest NAIA golf and academic programs in the south. He was a member of the Berry College squad from 2003-2007 and served as a team captain. He was named to the Dean’s List in 2007 and was selected to the All-Conference and All-Region teams. Over his four year career, Maupin took part in three NAIA National Tournaments.
During his six-year tenure as Lee University head golf coach, Maupin has directed the Lee women’s program to 19 tournament titles and the men’s program to 12 tournament victories. In addition, the past four years have seen the Lady Flames program produce eight NAIA All-Americans, two NCCAA All-Americans, three SSAC Player of the Year winners, 17 First Team All-SSAC members and 11 NAIA Scholar-Athletes and two NCCAA Scholar-Athletes. During the same time period under Maupin’s watch, the men’s program has produced seven NAIA All-Americans, three NCCAA All-Americans, six NAIA Scholar-Athletes, two NCCAA Scholar-Athletes, 13 First Team All-SSAC members, one SSAC Player of the Year and two SSAC Male Student-Athlete of the Year winners.
Maupin’s squads enjoyed national success during the 2008-09 year with the men’s team qualifying for the NAIA National Championships as a team, while Rachel Ingram and Julie Donnestad represented the Lady Flames individually at the NAIA National Championships. At the NAIA National Championships, bot Ingram and Donnestad placed sixth and were named First Team NAIA All-Americans.
2011 was another big success for Maupin and his teams, and one of the most successful seasons in program history. The coach led both the men’s and women’s squads to their first top-10 finishes at the NAIA National Championships. Both teams were also ranked as high as No. 12 in the NAIA.
Maupin’s squads returned to the NAIA Championships in 2013. The Lady Flames dominated the majority of the season, winning five tournaments, including their second consecutive SSAC Championship. The Flames also claimed their second consecutive SSAC title en route to finishing sixth at the NAIA National Tournament, the highest finish in school history.
In 2013-14 both the men's and women's teams claimed the NCCAA National Championship, the first title for either squad in school history. Senior Courtney Shelton would win individual medalist honors on the women's side. After the tournament Maupin was named both men's and women's NCCAA Coach of the Year.
Maupin and his wife Jayne reside in Cleveland. The couple is blessed with a beautiful daughter, Addie.
Nike Junior Golf Camps provide young golfers with the tools to enjoy this great game for a lifetime. Our curriculum is the perfect blend of expert instruction, course play and fun off-course activities. 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
Check-In and Check-Out
Check-in occurs on Sunday from 2:00pm-3:00pm at Centennial Hall at Berry College. Check-out occurs between 2:00pm-3:00pm on Thursday at Stonebridge Golf Club, following the camp tournament and closing ceremony.
The Overnight fee includes all golf instruction, green fees, evening activities, housing and all meals. The Day fee includes all golf activities and lunch.
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 Skills demonstrations conducted by coaches and staff
- 8:30am Instruction - campers rotate through stations working on putting, chipping, pitching, bunker play and full-swing
- Noon Lunch/free time
- 1:00pm Course play - staff to provide instruction on course management, shot selection, rules and etiquette
- 6:00pm Dinner, free-time, seminars, guest speakers
- 7:30pm Evening activities (field games, movie night, golf games, swimming etc.)
- 10:00pm Lights out
Stonebridge Golf Club
The 6,800 yard course provides a fun, yet challenging experience for thousands of golfers each year. Arthur Davis designed Stonebridge to "wow" golfers of all skill levels. Play us once and you'll see why. The championship layout features a breathtaking view of the Appalachian Mountains, mature Georgia pines framing the course, Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens.
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So excited to come back!
"This was my first time ever at a camp of any sort and I was very nervous. But the camp counselors and my roommates made me feel very at home. Now I have confidence that I can stay away from my family and in my golf game. Had a blast and cant wait for next years camp!"
— Timmy R. Camper
I'll see you all next year!
"I had a blast and it was a lot of fun. I met some great people and would do it again."
— Benjamin A. Camper
Had a blast
"Our 12-year-old had a blast and we plan to make it an annual camp. We will tell others about it as well. Great job!"
— Kai C. Parent
"Excellent camp and staff! Great job!"
"It was a great experience and helped improve my game."
— Drew E. Camper
"Some kids were out of control."
Good Mix of Golf and Fun
"Congratulations to Coach Brian Farrer for accomplishing a good mix of both golf and fun. Tanner's golf game and skills were greatly improved and he had a blast also. He is looking forward to going to both Nike camps at Berry College with Coach Farrer next year..."
— Leslie F. Parent
"I attended Nike Camp at Berry College with my friend and we can't wait to attend next summer. Coaches helped me a lot with my game and the activities off the course were a lot of fun. Thanks!"
— Thomas G. Overnight Camper
Loved the Coaches!
"I had a great time at the Berry College Camp. I loved the coaches, they really helped me improve my game. I am so excited to go back again next year!"
— Adam C. Camper
Loved the Instructors
"My son had a great 3rd year!! He loved all instructors. Berry college is a beautiful spot, too!!"
— Karen L. Parent
Very Helpful and Attentive Coaches
"Coach Brian and the other coaches were very helpful and attentive. We will be back with enthusiasm next year!"
— Harrison P. Overnight Camper
Needed more time!
"Time was too short. Work in levels to improve swing thecniques. Dorm facilities were excellent!!"
— Landon T. Camper