Year: Freshman
Hometown: Plymouth, Minn.
High School: Wayzata
Major: Business Administration


Honors & Awards

  • Minnesota Class AAA Individual State Champion (2018)
  • Mr. Minnesota Golf (2018)
  • Metro Boys Golfer of the Year (2018)
  • Minnesota Class AAA Team State Champion (2017)
  • MGA Junior Team Championship at Fox Hollow GC Champion (2018)
  • Two-Time Minnesota All-State (2017, 2018)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)

Freshman (2018-19)
Tristan Nelko made the starting lineup in each of the Huskers first two tournaments in the fall of 2018. He shot a 235 (+19) at the Duke/Rod Myers Invitational and fired a 233 (+20) over three rounds in the Cardinal Regional Challenge. He shot a career-low of 72 (+1) in the first round of the Cardinal Regional Challenge and holds a 78.00 stroke average through six rounds of play. His best outing of the fall came in the team's final tournament of 2018, the Quail Valley Intercollegiate. Nelko fired two consectutive 74s (+2) and finished up the third round with a 77 (+5) to earn a three-round score of 225 (+9), setting a new career-low 54-hole score. He placed in a tie for 62nd, which was a career-best.

Before Nebraska
Nelko entered the Husker program hot off the heels of a stellar senior season in which he came in first place at nine of the 10 high school golf tournaments he competed in. Playing in Minnesota's largest high school class division of AAA, Nelko captured the individual state championship by tying the state record lowest stroke of 139, earning him the title of Mr. Minnesota Golf as well as Metro Boys Golfer of the Year. He was the first place medalist at a plethora of other events including the State Preview at Edinburgh USA GC, Champions Invitational at Windsong Farm GC, Detroit Lake Invitational, Wayzata vs. Eden Prairie and Minnetonka at Olympic Hills GC, MGA Junior Team Championship, and the Chaska Invitational. He also came in second at FCWT Whistling Straits in Wisconsin and tied for second at the Minnesota State Amateur Qualifier. Nelko helped lead his team to a Minnesota Class AAA State Championship during the 2017 season and claimed All-State honors his junior and senior year. His senior season stroke average was 69.5.

The son of Trevor and Rachelle Nelko, Tristan was born Nov. 13, 1999. He has one younger brother, Dylan. Tristan is a business administration major and earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2018. He was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2019.


Year Rounds Strokes Average
2018-19 9 693 77.00
Career Totals 9 693 77.00

Career Bests
Low Round - 72 (Cardinal Regional Challenge, 9/14/18)

Low 54-Hole Score - 225 (Quail Valley Intercollegiate, 10/16/18)
Best Tournament Finish - T-62nd (Rod Myers Invitational, 10/16/18)
Rounds Under Par - 0

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