Honors & Awards
- Big Ten Golfer of the Week (9/9/15)
- GCAA All-America Scholar (2018)
- Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2017)
- Academic All-Big Ten (2017, 2018, 2019)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; Spring 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2019)
Jackson Wendling started his senior season strong at the Duke/Rod Myers Invitational. He finished first among NU golfers after shooting a three-round total of 226 (+10). The next weekend at the Cardinal Regional Challenge, Wendling shot a 221 (+8) over three rounds. His best performance came in round one, where he fired a 72 (+1). He particpated in the William H. Tucker Invitational Sept. 28-29 and tied for 75th after shooting a 232 (+16). Wendling carded his best round of the fall in round one at the Fighting Irish Classic on Oct. 8, when he shot a 71 (E). He finished the tournament with a three-round score of 224 (+11) to tie for 78th. The senior saved his best for last as he ended the fall by shooting a 220 (+4) at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. He finished second among NU golfers and tied for 45th overall.
Wendling went 0-4 at the Big Ten Match Play Championships but bounced back in a big way at the Lamkin San Diego Challenge. He shot a season-best 54-hole score of 219 (+3) on the way to his first top-20 finish since his freshman year. He carded a 72 and a 74 in the first two rounds and finished with a 73 in round three. At The Goodwin (March 28-30), Wendling finished tied for 95th after carding a 54-hole score of 233 (+23). He took 26th at the Husker Invitational (April 13) after posting a 36-hole score of 154 (+12). He went on to finish tied for 52nd at the Hawkeye Invitational (April 20-21) after carding a 220 (+7). His second-round 70 (-1) was his lowest round of the year.
The Effingham, Ill., native, posted his third top-25 finish of the spring at the Big Ten Championships. Wendling followed up consecutive 76's (+6) in the first two rounds with a third round 71 (+1) to finish tied for 24th. In three previous appearances at Big Ten's, he had never finished better than 60th. His performance helped the team earn a fifth-place finish, the highest Big Ten Championship finish in program history. For his career, Wendling posted six top-25 finishes, one top-10 and one top-5 finish. He had a career 75.39 stroke average and won the Big Ten Golfer of the Week award on Sept. 9, 2015 after finishing fourth at the Ballyneal Challenge.
Wendling was one of two golfers on the team to earn a spot in the lineup in all 10 of Nebraska's stroke-play tournaments in 2017-18. He also competed in three matches at the Big Ten Match Play Championships. He finished the season with a stroke average of 74.76 over 29 rounds and was the top finisher for the Huskers on four occasions with his best finish (T-22nd) coming at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic. Wendling started off the year at the Badger Invitational, shooting 224 (+8) to tie for 54th over three rounds. His play at The Jackrabbit earned him a tie for 51st after he shot one over par (217) across the three-day tournament. He shot a career-best 215 (-1) at the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational with a low round of 67 on the third day. He finished in the top-60 at nine of Nebraska's 10 stroke-play tournaments, closing the year tied for 51st at the Big Ten Championships with a score of 225. Off the course, Wendling was named a Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of American. He was also an academic All-Big Ten selection. He was named to the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in both semesters of 2017-18.
Wendling competed in six stroke-play tournaments for the Huskers as a sophomore. He made his first lineup appearance at The Jackrabbit in Valentine, Neb., Sept. 25-27, where he matched teammate Jace Guthmiller for Nebraska's top individual finish with a season-best 220 to tie for 28th over three rounds. He continued the fall in the Husker lineup at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic (223) and the East Bay Deli Classic at Kiawah (235) before going 1-2 for the Huskers at the Big Ten Match Play Championship to open the spring. He continued in the Husker lineup early in the spring at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate (232) and the Border Olympics (150), before missing the Hawkeye Invitational and the Robert Kepler Intercollegiate to close the regular season. He returned to the Nebraska lineup for the Big Ten Championships. He finished the season with a 76.76 stroke average over 17 rounds. He carded season-best rounds of 73 twice at The Jackrabbit, and once at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic. Off the course, Wendling was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and earned academic All-Big Ten honors. He was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.
Wendling played in 11 of 12 tournaments for the Big Red during his first year with the program. He led the Huskers in four tournaments and recorded five subpar rounds, averaging 75.71 strokes per outing. Wendling opened the season with a fourth-place finish at the Ballyneal Challenge and was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week. Later in the fall, he tied for 19th at the Maryland Invitational. After going 2-2-0 at the Big Ten Match Play to start the spring, Wendling produced two more top-30 finishes.
An AJGA HP Scholar-Athlete All-American, Wendling earned a fourth-place finish at both the AJGA Bass Pro Tournament and Junior PGA Qualifier. Wendling also earned a second-place finish at two-under par at the Illinois Junior Amateur Qualifier. He added a tie for third at the Illinois State Amateur Qualifier in the summer of 2015.
Wendling holds several records at Effingham High School, including single-season scoring average, career scoring average and most tournament victories. He won the Windsor Invitational, the Taylorville Invitational and two regional titles at Effingham.
A three-time All-Apollo Conference selection, Wendling was a four-time letter winner at Effingham High School. He was also a member of the National Honor Society and the honor roll.
Jackson is the son of Steve and Jill Wendling and has one sister, Meredith. Jackson was born on June 1, 1997. He majored in finance and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2019. He was named a GCAA Scholar-All-American in 2018. He was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar in 2017. He was also an academic All-Big Ten selection in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Jackson was a eight-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2017 and 2019.
Low Round - 67 (Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, 10/24/17)
Low 54-Hole Score - 215 (Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, 10/24/17)
Best Tournament Finish - 4th (Ballyneal Challenge, 9/8/15)
Rounds Under Par - 8