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

  • Three Career Top-10 Finishes (2 in 2014-15)
  • Four Career Top-25 Finishes (2 in 2014-15)
  • 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)
  • Individual Medalist at Four State Team Championship (2013)
  • Individual Runner-Up at Four State Team Championship (2011, 2012)
  • Missouri Women’s Golf Association Junior Champion (2012)
  • Missouri Women’s Golf Association Junior Runner-up (2011, 2013)

Best Career Finish: 3rd (2014 Chip-N Club Invitational)
Career Stroke Average: 76.98

Sophomore (2014-15)
Jordan Chael (pronounced SHALE) has her second season at Nebraska off to a strong start, leading the Huskers with a 75.25 stroke average through four fall tournaments.

Chael, who owns a pair of top-10 tournament finishes this fall, opened 2014-15 with a career-best third-place finish at 2014 Chip-N Club Invitational, Sept. 8-9. The sophomore from Overland Park, Kan., fired a career-best 220 over three rounds that included a career-best-matching 71 in the opening round.

She led Nebraska at the Minnesota Invitational the following week, tying for 30th overall with a three-round total of 230 (77-75-78) at the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Sept. 15-16.

Chael led the Huskers again at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo., Sept. 22-24, tying for 35th with a 229 (76-78-75).

She is coming off her second top-10 finish of the fall with a tie for ninth with a 224 (73-77-74) at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Oct. 10-12. Chael tied fellow Husker Cassie Deeg at the tournament.

Chael has posted Nebraska's top score at each of the Huskers' four fall events heading into the final fall tournament at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, Oct. 21-23.

Chael hopes to continue her strong second season after producing one of the top freshman campaigns in Husker history in 2013-14, including a 77.67 stroke average that ranked fourth all-time among Nebraska freshmen.

“We are excited to see where she is going to take her game,” Nebraska Coach Robin Krapfl said. “Jordan worked very hard on getting better over the summer, and it is paying off. She finished fourth in a major Women’s National event this summer and gained a lot of confidence that she can compete with the best players in the country.”

Freshman (2013-14)
Chael made an instant impact in Nebraska’s lineup as a true freshman. She earned a lineup spot in NU’s season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational and claimed a top-10 finish to help the Huskers to the team title. Chael fired a three-round total of 224 (71-76-77) that included a one-under-par 71 in the first round on the 6,251-yard layout at Wilderness Ridge. She finished ninth individually, joining teammates Cassie Deeg, Steffi Neisen and Katelyn Wright in the top 10.

Chael followed by tying for 18th (75-76-80-231) at the Minnesota Invitational, Sept. 16-17, and all three of her rounds again counted toward Nebraska’s team score.

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

She was NU’s No. 3 finisher at the Hoosier Fall Invite in Greenwood, Ind., Oct. 19-20. Chael tied for 42nd (75-78-77-230) in a 96-player field on the par-71 course at Hickory Stick. Chael’s third round included a hole-in-one on the par-three sixth hole.

Chael tied teammate 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 started spring strong 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 (74-74-81-229), while helping the Huskers claim their second team title at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 28-29. She tied for 54th (80-78-158) as NU’s No. 3 finisher at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invite, which was shortened to two rounds by lightning on the final day.

Chael closed the regular season by tying for 57th (86-78-78-242) at the Ohio State Spring Invite. 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.

High School/Amateur
As a senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Chael won the Kansas 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 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., before taking seventh at the Future Collegiate World Tour Championship held at PGA National.

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, but she earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2013-14.

Chael 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

2014-15

12

903

75.25

71

220

Totals

42

3,233

76.98

71

220 

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