Nick Nelson
Nick  Nelson


Decorah, Iowa

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Nick Nelson Earns GCAA All-America Scholar Honors

The graduated MU senior earned national academic accolades for the second time


Marquette Finishes 4th, Farrell 7th at Price's Give 'Em Five

MU posts its season-low 54-hole score, shooting 24-under-par as a team


Four MU Players Named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars

Marquette's four selections to the team are the most in program history


Nick Nelson Wins 2015 WSGA Match Play Championship

MU junior earns his second win of the summer season


Nick Nelson Advances to U.S. Open Sectional Qualifying

Nelson topped the 72-man field at Hidden Glen Golf Club in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.


  • Finished third all-time at MU with 33 career par or better rounds and sixth in scoring at 74.89
  • Two-time All-BIG EAST selection, one of four players in program history with multiple all-BIG EAST nods
  • Sixth in MU history with a 73.38 season average and 12 par or better rounds in 2015-16
  • Shot a final round 65 at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate 3/6/16, the third-lowest single round score in program history
  • Medalist at the 2013 Wendy's Kiawah Classic with a 6-under-par 210

 BIG EAST All-Academic Team... First Team All-BIG EAST selection... Team MVP... Finished seventh (73.38) in BIG EAST scoring and second on MU team... Only MU player to appear in the starting lineup for all 10 events and 29 rounds... Was Marquette's top performer in four events... Led the team with 6-over-par 222, tied for ninth at the 2016 BIG EAST Championship... Was 169th in the nation (out of 3,786) in pars per round at 11.41... Had his top event of the season at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate with a 6-under-par 210 to finish tied for third including a final round 65 (-7), the third-lowest round in school history - one of two BIG EAST players to shoot 65 in 2015-16... Posted seven rounds at par or better in his first 21 of the season, including three sub-70 rounds... Tied for eighth with a 7-under-par 209 (career low 54-hole score) at the Price's Give 'Em Five Invitational, opening with a pair of 69s.

BIG EAST All-Conference selection ... BIG EAST All-Academic Team ... Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar ... Named the team's Most Improved Player ... Second on the team and seventh in the BIG EAST in average scoring (74.36) ... One of two MU players to start all 33 rounds ... Finished in 10th place to open the 2014-15 campaign at the Northern Intercollegiate which included a first round 72 (even par) ... Finished T12 at the Windon Memorial after carding a three-round total of 211 (69-70-72) ... Finished T22 at the Badger Invite after an opening round 72 ... Collected his fourth consecutive top-20 finish with a T18 at the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, highlighted by a third round 70 ... Carded a third round 72 to place T19 at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic ... Opened the spring slate with a T15 finish at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate by firing a three round total of 222 (+5) which included a pair of even par first and third rounds ... Finished T16 at the El Macero Classic which included rounds of 70 and 71 in the first and second rounds ... Fired a second round 71 at the Hawkeye-GRE Invitational, finishing with a three-round score of 221 (+5) ... Improved his score during every round of the BIG EAST Championship (77-75-73), finishing in 10th place after carding two birdies on his final three holes to help lead Marquette to a team victory ... Opened the NCAA Noblesville Regional with consecutive 76's (+4).

2013-14: Won the 2013 Wendy's Kiawah Classic by holding on to his 36-hole lead shooting a career best, individual low tournament score of 6-under par 210 (70-67-73) ... His new career low 67 in the second round helped guide MU to a second place finish at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic ... Tied his then low round career best (70) in the first round of the Erin Hills Intercollegiate ... Competed as an individual in the Doc Gimmler breaking into the top-40 with a 5-over 215 (70-74-71).

2012-13: Was the top MU golfer at the John Dallio Memorial, helping Marquette win the tournament by placing fifth overall with a 225 (79-74-72) ... Competed in nine tournaments as a freshmen during the 2012-2013 campaign ... Finished tied for 55th and fourth among Marquette golfers at The McLaughlin, while shooting a 76, 74 and 73 (223) for the tournament ... Posted a top-35 finish at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic carding 79, 76, and 71 (226), good enough for the third-best score among MU golfers ... Compiled a top-50 finish at the USF Invitational, carding a final score of 227 (71-76-81), while finishing second among MU golfers.

Amateur: Shot a 1-under-par 71 to win the U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Hidden Glen on May 18, 2015, topping the 72-man field to advance on to Sectional Qualifying ... Won 2015 WSGA Match Play Championship ... One of two Marquette golfers (Brandon Cloete) to qualify for the 2014 U.S. Amateur Championship ... Was the top-ranked prep golfer in Iowa, according to the Junior Golf Scoreboard, coming out of Decorah High School under coach Rich Gaard ... Named 2012 3A Player of the Year by the Iowa High School Golf Coaches Association ... Co-captain of the Vikings boys golf and boys basketball teams ... Four-time first team all-state selection by the Iowa Golf Coaches Association and four-time All-Northeast Iowa Conference selection ... Helped Decorah HS to capture the 2012 3A Iowa High School state title ... Finished as the individual runner-up in Iowa High School State Tournament as a senior ... Placed fifth at the 2011 AJGA McArthur Towel and Sports Future Legends event ... Advanced to the round of 16 at the 2011 Iowa Amateur Match Play.

Personal: Born on Nov. 1, 1993 ... Son of Andrew and Nancy Nelson ... Majoring in sociology.

Season Events Rounds Average vs. Par Low Par or better
2012-13  9 25 77.28 +5.84 71 3
2013-14  10 30 74.93 +3.13 67 7
2014-15 11 33 74.36 +2.55 69 11
2015-16  10 29 73.38 +1.79 65 12
CAREER 40 117 74.89 +3.21 65 33


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