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NU Women's Golf BIO
Jordan Chael
Player Profile:
Jordan Chael 967748
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Overland Park, Kan.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas

Honors & Awards

  • Four Career Top-10 Finishes (3 in 2014-15)
  • Six Career Top-25 Finishes (4 in 2014-15)
  • Tied for 32nd at Big Ten Championships (2015)
  • 69th at Big Ten Championships (2014)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2015)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2013, 2014; Spring 2014, 2015)
  • 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: 76.48

Sophomore (2014-15)
Jordan Chael (pronounced SHALE) led Nebraska throughout her sophomore season, posting a 75.30 stroke average while leading the Huskers with a tie for 32nd (75-75-76-226) to end the year at the Big Ten Championships in Indianapolis, April 24-26.

Following her sophomore season, Chael transferred to Kentucky.

Chael, who competed in 60 rounds in two seasons as a Husker, produced the second-best career stroke average in school history (76.48). The only Husker with a better career average than Chael's is 2003 first-team All-American Sarah Sasse (75.89). 

Chael, a native of Overland Park, Kan., produced four top-20 finishes, including a trio of top-10 showings in 2014-15. She notched the best finish of her career by taking third (71-75-74-220) at Nebraska's season-opening Chip-N Club Invitational, Sept. 8-9. Her 220 marked the best tournament score of her career at that time.

After tying for 30th (77-75-78-230) at the Minnesota Invitational and tying for 35th (76-78-75-229) at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colo., Chael added a tie for ninth (73-77-74-224) at the Ron Moore Intercollegiate in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Oct. 10-12.

She closed the fall season by tying for 28th (77-77-77-231) at the Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Oct. 22-23.

After producing a 75.60 stroke average over 15 fall rounds, Chael started the spring even stronger with a career-best 69 in the first round of the Westbrook Invitational in Peoria, Ariz., on Feb. 22. She added rounds of 72 and 76 for a career-best 217 to finish in a tie for 16th in a loaded field at Westbrook.

Chael followed her performance at Westbrook with a tie for fifth (75-70-76-221) at the Clover Cup in Mesa, Ariz., March 20-21. Her second-round 70 at the Longbow Golf Club marked the second-best round of her career. Her tie for fifth marked the third top-five finish of her career.

She added a 225 (74-75-76) over three rounds to settle for a tie for 59th at the Mountain View Collegiate in Tucson, Ariz., March 20-21. Chael struggled to a tie for 58th (76-80-80-236) to close the regular season at the SMU/Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, April 10-11.

Chael's team-best 75.30 stroke average as a sophomore represented a 2.37 stroke per round improvement over her first season at Nebraska, when she produced the fourth-best average (77.67) by a freshman in school history.

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 the 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 season best, but she still settled for a tie for 63rd. She produced rounds of 76 and a season-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.

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 did not declare a major at Nebraska but earned academic All-Big Ten accolades as a sophomore in 2015. She was a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.

Chael was also recruited by Iowa, Rutgers and Bradley out of high school.

Chael's Career Statistics

Year

Rounds

Strokes

Avg.

Low 18

Low 54

2013-14 30 2,330 77.67 71 224

2014-15

30

2,259

75.30

69

217

Totals

60

4,589

76.48

69

217 

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