Head Coach Brett Balak released the names of seven recruits who have said they’ll enroll at Nebraska Wesleyan University and play men’s golf.
“Overall, this is a solid class,” Balak said. “Together with our returning players, we hope to be in the hunt for another national title in the near future.”
Recruits, Hometown (High School)
Mitchell Anderson, Axtell, Neb. (Axtell)
Michael Blankenship, Glenwood, Iowa (Glenwood)
Chad Elder, Kearney, Neb. (Kearney)
Patrick Hanzel, Lincoln, Neb. (Pius X)
Kyle Jaacks, Lincoln, Neb. (Southwest)
Bijan Koohmaraie, Clay Center, Neb. (Clay Center)
Geoffrey Oliphant, Billings, Mont. (Billings)
Patrick Hanzel holds the high school boys state record for the lowest individual round score (63), has been a member of the Nebraska-Kansas Cup team and also qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur. In addition, Kyle Jaacks won the Nebraska Junior Amateur tournament on July 9 and was a member of the 2007 Class A Champions in golf at Lincoln Southwest, while Geoffrey Oliphant has finished among the top four individuals twice at the state golf tournament in Montana.
The Prairie Wolves have placed among the top 10 teams at the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships in each of the last four years and won the national team title in 2006. Nebraska Wesleyan tied for 10th in 2007 with a trio of first-year players competing for the varsity team, including PING Division III Third Team All-American and Phil Mickelson Award winner Nate Jaeger.
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