Decorah native and current Marquette University men’s golf team member Nick Nelson has added another prestigious award to his resume.
Nelson, along with teammate Brandon Cloete, qualified for the U.S. Amateur by competing at the Hidden Glen at Bentdale Farms U.S. Amateur qualifier in Cedarburg, Wis.
Cloete, a senior, and Nelson, a junior, were two of the three golfers to qualify for the U.S. Amateur at Altanta Athletic Club Aug. 11-17. Cloete, the qualifiers medalist, played stellar golf as he set a new competitive course record at Hidden Glen by firing a 6-under 66 en route to a two-round total of 139 (-5). Nelson was also on top of his game by carding a two-round total of 141 (69-72) to beat out fellow teammate Pat Sanchez by one shot, who will be the first alternate out of this qualifier. Joining Sanchez as second alternate is Marquette alum Joe Weber who also carded a 142 (71-71).
“To play your way into a U.S. Amateur is a big-time accomplishment,” said Steve Bailey, who will be entering his fifth season as Marquette head men’s golf coach, “I am extremely proud of Brandon and Nick.”

About the tournament
Organized by the United States Golf Association, the U.S. Amateur began in 1895 and is considered one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in the world. The event has featured past champions such as Bobby Jones, Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods.
Junior C.J. Swift was the last Marquette golfer to earn a spot in the U.S. Amateur by qualifying for the 2012 U.S. Amateur at Cherry Hills Country Club in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado.