Empowering individuals through golf
The mission of BirdieBound is to provide individuals with simple strategies to elevate their golf games and in the process, enrich all aspects of their lives.
I am Nicole Damarjian, Founder of BirdieBound – I played collegiate golf at Furman University. During this time, I noticed a difference between how I played in practice versus how I played in tournaments. Typically, I would leave my best game on the driving range. Frustrated, but not defeated, I began to explore the field of sport psychology. Curious by nature, I decided to pursue a graduate degree in sport and exercise science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). I had the good fortune to work as a research assistant for Dr. Debbie Crews, an internationally renowned researcher in the neuroscience of golf. As a member herself, Dr. Crews encouraged me to join the LPGA. Once a member of the LPGA, I found my niche. I was surrounded by enthusiastic individuals who devoted their energy to discovering how best to teach and grow the game of golf for all people. I continued my graduate studies at UNCG under the mentorship of Drs. Dan Gould and Robert Christina with a focus on golf instruction. In 1997, I completed my PhD in Sport and Exercise Science, specializing in sport psychology and motor learning.
For the past 20+ years I have devoted my professional energies to what I love best…teaching. Most of my year is spent teaching and coaching golf to people of all ages and skill levels. In the off season, I am an adjunct professor at Eastern Connecticut State University where I teach Peak Performance for Life Through Sport and Health and Wellness. My students both on and off the golf course are a constant source of inspiration. I continue to pursue new and innovative approaches to best serve my students and honor their trust. My professional certifications include: TPI Levels I and II, OPTI Golf, Positive Coaching Alliance, US Kids Level I, and the American Development Model.