Huskers Add NJCAA All-American Meyer
National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American Branden Meyer has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Huskers in 2019-20, Nebraska men's golf coach Mark Hankins announced on Friday, June 7.
Meyer, who was the No. 2 ranked golfer in NJCAA Division II in 2018-19 according to GolfStat with an adjusted scoring average of 71.67, helped lead South Mountain Community College to the 2019 national championship while finishing fourth as an individual. He finished with a four-round total of three-over-par 291 at Swan Lake Golf Resort in Plymouth, Ind., May 21-25. Meyer was also the NJCAA DII District A individual runner-up with his four-over-par 284 on the Sidewinder Course in Gold Canyon, Ariz., April 25-28, as South Mountain CC won the regional title to earn a bid to nationals by sweeping the top four individual spots at the regional.
"We are excited to add Branden to our incoming class for 2019," Hankins said. "He is a highly accomplished junior college player and student. He possesses a winning attitude, is individually motivated and was a leader in winning a team national championship this past season at South Mountain CC. He continues to have a tremendous upside, and I expect him to fit in well and contribute immediately to the Huskers."
Meyer was one of three South Mountain CC golfers to earn first-team NJCAA DII All-America honors this season. He was one of six finalists for the 2019 NJCAA Jack Nicklaus National Player-of-the-Year Award. Meyer captured three individual tournament titles in 2018-19, while producing a total of nine top-five tournament finishes in 12 events for the Cougars on the year. He was also a second-team 2019 NJCAA Ping Division II All-American, after earning NJCAA Ping DII West Region honors.
Meyer claimed honorable-mention NJCAA All-America honors as a freshman when he helped South Mountain CC to a fourth-place national finish.
The 6-4, 220-pounder from Gilbert, Ariz., helped Campo Verde High School to an Arizona Division II state championship while finishing third individually as a junior in the fall of 2015. He was a two-time first-team All-Arizona selection at Campo Verde and a two-time first-team All-East Valley pick. Meyer finished seventh individually at the Arizona Division I state championship as a senior in 2016.
Meyer said he chose Nebraska over Nevada, Denver and Colorado.
"I chose Nebraska because of the exceptional facilities and student-athlete support, as well as Coach Hankins' dedication to the program as well as winning," Meyer said. "I think that speaks volumes about the direction the team is headed."