Zach Gaugert's 12th-place finish leads all Marquette golfers in 54-hole event
Golden Eagles jump five spots at Wendy's Kiawah Classic in final round of fall season
Marquette holds off Northwestern, USF on final day of tournament
Junior fires 68, Marquette in second place with 36 holes remaining
Golden Eagles will look to build off early season success
2014-15: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 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 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.
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 trounament 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: 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 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 Nicholas Nelson on Nov. 1, 1993 ... Son of Andrew and Nancy Nelson ... Majoring in sociology.