Nick Nelson will look to parlay his summer success into an accomplished senior season.
Sept. 10, 2015
Coming off the program’s second BIG EAST Men’s Golf Championship and NCAA Regional appearance, Marquette plays in the first of its five fall events beginning Saturday at the Northern Intercollegiate at Rich Harvest Farms G.C., hosted by Northern Illinois.
The Golden Eagles return four of their postseason starters from a year ago: Pat Sanchez, Nick Nelson, CJ Swift and Trevor Thomas. In addition, Zach Gaugert played in 21 rounds. Marquette’s depth will be key in 2015-16 - of the top 12 returning scorers in the BIG EAST from last season, Marquette has four: Sanchez, Nelson, Swift and Gaugert.
Once again, MU will play more regular season rounds in the fall than in the spring. Highlighting the schedule is the third annual Erin Hills Intercollegiate, hosted by Marquette at Erin Hills Golf Course, site of the 2017 U.S. Open. The Erin Hills Intercollegiate runs Oct. 4-6.
ABOUT THE NORTHERN INTERCOLLEGIATE
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 12-13 / Host - Northern Illinois
Live Scoring | Tournament Central
Course: Rich Harvest Farms G.C. - Sugar Grove, Illinois
Distance: 7,151 yards
Format/Tee Times: 36 holes Saturday, 18 holes Sunday; 7:30 a.m. CT tee time both days
Field: Ball State, Houston, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Marquette, New Mexico State, Purdue, Toledo, UCF, UCLA, Virginia, Winthrop
Along with an accomplished season in 2014-15, Marquette players put together impressive summers:
- Nick Nelson took medalist honors in a pair of tournaments, winning the WSGA Match Play and a U.S. Open qualifier in Cedarburg, Wisconsin.
- Zach Gaugert played in the U.S. Amateur Open by posting the low score at a qualifier in Berlin, Wisconsin.
- Freshman Oliver Farrell won his Open Championship Regional Qualifier in England.
- Pat Sanchez finished in a tie for second place at the 114th Wisconsin State Amateur Championship, and played in the final pairing with Gaugert, who entered the final round in the top spot before finishing in a tie for fifth place
- Sanchez and Nelson played in the Western Amateur at Rich Harvest Farms in early August.
- Marquette advanced to program’s second NCAA Regional appearance in 2015, finishing 11th at the Noblesville, Indiana Region.
- MU won the program’s second BIG EAST Championship in 2015, rallying from an eight-stroke deficit after 36 holes to win.
- Marquette led the BIG EAST in team scoring average at 296.06 (8.79 vs. par).
- Sanchez was BIG EAST co-champion and was named the league’s player of the year, making a par-saving putt from 20 feet out on the 18th hole at the BIG EAST Championship to force a playoff for the medalist honor.
- Sanchez and Nick Nelson earned All-BIG EAST honors – Sanchez has been honored in each of his three seasons, and is bidding to become the first MU player to earn all-conference honors in each of his four years.
- Sanchez (Mazaltan, Mexico) competed in the inaugural Latin America Amateur Championship in January 2015 – the event offers an auto-bid to the Masters Tournament.
- Steve Bailey earned BIG EAST Coach of the Year honors for the first time.
BIG THINGS AHEAD
In addition to the Erin Hills Intercollegiate, Marquette’s season is highlighted by NCAA host responsibilities for the first time in school history. MU will host the NCAA Kohler Region May 14-16 at the Meadow Valleys Course at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin. Should the Golden Eagles qualify for the NCAA Championships, they will be assigned to the Kohler Region. Blackwolf Run has hosted the U.S. Women’s Open twice (1998, 2012) and is the sister course to Whistling Straits, which hosted the 2015 PGA Championship.
Marquette returns to action Sept. 27-28 at the Windon Memorial Classic, hosted by Northwestern, in Glencoe, Illinois at Lakeshore Country Club.