Two New NU Golfers Sign National Letters of Intent
Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska men’s golf team has added two more players to the 2019 recruiting class after receiving national letters of intent from Tom Westenberger and Will Marshall this past week.
Westenberger, a junior college transfer from Iowa Western in Council Bluffs, Iowa, will join the Huskers after what has been an impressive career thus far with the Reivers golf team.
Originally from Wuppertal, Germany, Westenberger led his team to a second-place finish at the 2018 NJCAA National Championships. He finished in 13th place individually, shooting a 287 (-1) over four rounds.
“Tom has proven that he is one of the top players in the country these past two years,” said Head Coach Mark Hankins. “He displays discipline in his game, has the ability to go low, and will make an immediate impact for the Huskers.”
This fall, Westenberger has continued his strong play, finishing as an individual tournament medalist in two of his five events. He took first in both the Warrior Challenge (Sept. 17-18) and the Bent Tree Intercollegiate (Oct. 1-2), firing a 204 (-12) over three rounds to win the Warrior Challenge and a five under par 211 (-5) over three rounds at the Bent Tree Intercollegiate.
“I chose Nebraska because of the great facilities and the opportunity to play college golf in an excellent conference, while being supported by a coaching staff that I trust,” Westenberger said.
Westenberger finished the fall with a stroke average of 70.08 and is ranked 8th in the country in the NJCAA. Westenberger will have two seasons of eligibility when he steps on campus in Lincoln next fall.
“A big focus for me has been improving my short game and setting myself up for more birdie opportunities,” Westenberger said. “I believe Coach Hankins will help me improve my game and take it to the next level.”
The second Huskers Golf signee is Will Marshall, a high school senior from Elburn, Ill., who will join the team in the fall of 2019 as a freshman with four years of eligibility.
Marshall led Kaneland High School to its first state championship appearance since 2012 this fall. He shot a program record 63 (-9) en route to repeating as individual Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference champion. He then placed third at the Illinois Class 2A Sectional to help his team advance to the state finals.
“I went on several recruiting visits and got to meet a lot of people, but there was something different about [Nebraska men’s golf] Coach Hankins,” Marshall said. “He’s a winner who has had a lot of success in the past and will continue that at Nebraska. I also loved the facilities and resources offered by the school.”
Marshall finished his high school career with three top-five Illinois State Championships finishes in four years. He earned two individual tournament titles during the high school season in 2018 and received honors for both the Northern Illinois Big 12 All-Conference and IHSA All-State teams. Marshall finished off his high school career with a tie for fifth at the Illinois Class 2A State Championship meet this season. This past week, he was honored as the Daily Chronicle 2018 Boys Golfer of the Year.
Marshall had a standout summer as well, posting three top ten finishes at the national level in American Junior Golf Association tournaments in Kansas, Illinois and Colorado. He is currently ranked as the No. 3 golfer in the state of Illinois for 2019.
“Will is a great golfer and student. He continues to post solid finishes at the national level and has recently shown glimpses of his potential to really go low. He is improving at a high rate and has a tremendous upside for the Huskers,” Coach Hankins said.
“I just want to soak up all the information I can from the coaching staff and the veteran players on the team,” Marshall said. “I’m really excited to be around more high-level players and compete for a spot in the lineup when I get to Nebraska.”
Both Westenberger and Marshall are expected to make an immediate impact upon their arrivals next season. First-year Head Coach Mark Hankins has now added four new players to the roster since being hired last spring. These two new additions join mid-year transfers Jay Cottam and Mitchell Klooz, who will be enrolled in classes for the start of the spring 2019 semester.