Decorah native Nick Nelson who his first collegiate medal recently. (Photo courtesy Marquette University Sports Information Department)
Marquette University sophomore and Decorah native Nick Nelson won individual medalist honors at the Wendy's Kiawah Classic.
Nelson had a 6-under par total of 210 at the final event of the fall season for Marquette. As a team, the Golden Eagles finished second.
It was Nelson's first collegiate victory.
"I just relied on my preparation and trusted my swing, and I felt very in control of my game," said Nelson in an interview with the Marquette Sports Information Department.
"I was definitely nervous throughout the round, so it was nice having the coaches there to talk out strategy. It feels really great to get a win at any level, especially at a tournament with such great competition. It especially feels good to know I did just about as much as I could to help the team score."
Nelson carded 16 birdies during the three-day event.
"Nick's a competitor,and there's no one who loves the game more," said MU Head Coach Steve Bailey. "He struck it well all fall, but had some woes early on with his putting. But the guy did everything he could to work on that, and it all came together this week."
Nelson is the son of Andy and Nancy Nelson.