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Jordan Chael
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Overland Park, Kan.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
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Honors & Award

  • One Career Top 10 Finish
  • Two Career Top 25 Finishes
  • 69th at Big Ten Championships (2014)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013; Spring 2014)
  • Ranked No. 58 Nationally (Golfweek, 2013)
  • Kansas Class 5A State Champion (2012)
  • Three Top-Three Kansas Class 5A Individual Finishes (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Three-Time Kansas Class 5A State Team Champions (2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Four State Champion (Missouri, 2013)
  • Individual Runner-Up at Four State Team Championship (Missouri, 2011, 2012)
  • Missouri Women's Golf Association State Junior Champion (2012)
  • Missouri Women's Golf Association State Junior Runner-up (2013)

Best Career Finish: 9th (2013 Chip-N Club Invitational)
Career Stroke Average: 77.67

Freshman (2013-14)
Jordan Chael (pronounced SHALE) made an instant impact in Nebraska's lineup as a true freshman. Chael not only earned a lineup spot in the Huskers' season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational, she notched a top-10 finish. Chael fired a three-round total of 224 (71-76-77) that included a one-under-par 71 in the first round of her career on the 6,251-yard layout at Wilderness Ridge.

All three of Chael's rounds counted toward a Nebraska Chip-N Club Invitational team record 874 over three rounds, as the Huskers captured their first Chip-N Club crown since 2008. Chael finished in ninth place as an individual, joining teammates Cassie Deeg, Steffi Neisen and Katelyn Wright in the top 10.

She continued to be a solid contributor again for the Huskers at the Minnesota Invitational, Sept. 16-17. Chael tied for 18th (75-76-80-231) with all three of her rounds again counting toward Nebraska's team score. 

Chael battled to a 36th-place finish (79-80-84-243) at the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational, Sept. 23-24. Chael was NU's No. 3 finisher on an unforgiving course at Colbert Hills in Manhattan, Kan., that surrendered just three individual rounds at or below par over 54 holes to 81 competitors.

She was Nebraska's No. 3 finisher at the Hoosier Fall Invitational in Greenwood, Ind., Oct. 19-20. Chael tied for 42nd in a 96-player field with a three-round score of 230 (75-78-77) on the par-71, 6,062-yard layout at Hickory Stick Golf Club. Chael's third round included a hole-in-one on the par-three sixth hole.

Chael tied senior Katelyn Wright as NU's No. 2 finisher at the wind-shortened Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown, Oct. 27-29. Chael tied for 40th (74-76-150) in Nevada to close the fall campaign with NU's No. 4 stroke average at 77.00.

She got her spring season off to a solid start with a three-round total of 226 (82-73-71) at the Westbrook Spring Invitational, Feb. 23-24, in Mesa, Ariz. Chael's final-round 71 matched her career best, but she still settled for a tie for 63rd. She produced rounds of 76 and another career-best-tying 71 at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 14-16, but her second round of the tournament did not count because of an incorrect scorecard.

Chael tied for 53rd with rounds of 74-74-81 to finish at 229, while helping the Huskers claim their second team tournament title of the year at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 28-29. She tied for 54th (80-78-158) as Nebraska's No. 3 finisher at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, which was shortened to two rounds by lightning on the final day of competition.

Chael closed the regular season by tying for 57th at the Ohio State Spring Invitational, but after struggling with an opening-round 86, she bounced back with back-to-back solid rounds of 78 to finish at 242.

She settled for 69th (87-81-82-250) in a 72-player field at the 2014 Big Ten Championships in French Lick, Ind., April 25-27.

Chael finished with a 77.67 stroke average on the year, which ranked as the fourth-best freshman stroke average in school history, just ahead of teammate Cassie Deeg's 77.71 in 2012-13.

Chael joined the Huskers after producing a stellar prep career at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in the Kansas City metro area. Chael was the Kansas Class 5A state champion in the fall of 2012, while leading Aquinas to its third consecutive team title. She was ranked as the No. 58 player nationally in the Class of 2013 by Golfweek.

"Even though we didn't graduate any players from last year's team, I anticipate Jordan having an immediate impact," Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl said. "She is a highly competitive person with a high level of tournament experience and success. She is definitely going to make our team better and our competition better within the team."

Before Nebraska
As a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Chael won the Kansas State Class 5A individual state championship in October of 2012, while leading St. Thomas Aquinas to the state team title. During her final three seasons at Aquinas, Chael won or tied for first in 21 of 27 tournaments.

Chael was a four-time Kansas City Star All-Metro selection, earning first-team honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The native of Overland Park, Kan., was also a three-time Class 5A Regional champion, while leading St. Thomas Aquinas to three straight Class 5A state team titles. Chael finished third individually at the state tournament in 2010 and 2011. She finished fourth individually in Class 6A as a freshman in 2009.

She was also the Missouri Women's Golf Association State Junior champion in 2012, before adding a runner-up finish in 2013. Chael took second at the AJGA Coca-Cola Junior Championship in Harbor Springs, Mich., and also posted top-five finishes at AJGA events in Springfield, Mo., and Kansas City, Mo.

Chael earned individual medalist honors while leading Missouri to the 2013 Four State championship. She finished second as an individual at the Four State Team Championship in both 2011 (Beatrice, Neb.) and 2012 (Sedalia, Mo.).

She took third at the PGA Junior Series Tournament at ArborLinks in Nebraska City in June of 2012. She competed at the Callaway Junior World Championships in July at Torrey Pines in California. She also finished fifth at the Future Collegiate World Tour Tournament held at The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., in February, before taking seventh at the Future Collegiate World Tour Championship held at PGA National in May.

Personal
Jordan is the daughter of Ted and Brenda Chael and was born March 3, 1995. Jordan has one older brother, Andrew. Jordan has not declared a major at Nebraska, but she did earn spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2013-14. She chose Nebraska over Iowa, Rutgers and Bradley.

Chael's Career Statistics

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

2013-14 30 2,330 77.67 71 224

Totals

30

2,330

77.67

71

224 

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