Academic All-American student-athlete golfer is all about business

As a two-time Academic All-American and two-time Pacific West Conference Scholar Athlete of The Year in golf, Drew Nelson ’17 knew how to get down to business, whether it was in the classroom or on the course.

A Business Administration major who graduated in May from the Barowsky School of Business, Drew attained significant milestones as a student-athlete at Dominican. He also pursued numerous internships, including work as a financial analyst.

“I was always driven in school to prioritize and manage my time correctly,” Drew says. “My personality fit Dominican. I enjoyed the small class sizes and the small community. I didn't feel overwhelmed. It was a positive experience.”

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It started as a freshman out of Robert Louis Stevenson School when Drew was named PacWest Freshman of the Year and it reached its pinnacle this year when he was named  Pacific West Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third time in addition to being selected Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America and 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American At-Large Third Team.

“Those are incredible honors,” Drew says. “It’s a testament to the leadership of my coach, Gary Nelson, and his coaching style. He’s always made sure that the golfers at Dominican put school first. He’s very accepting, understanding and accommodating. I’ve taken advantage of that.”

As a sophomore business major, Drew turned his concentration to finance. It led him to a summer internship at Granite Construction as a financial analyst in 2015 and to a similar hands-on role at the corporate headquarters of Hayward Lumber Company in Monterey in the summer of 2016.

“Working with the president of a company at Hayward was very exciting,” Drew says. “The terminology I learned in finance classes at Dominican helped me take off running.”

Drew’s goal now – aside from perhaps becoming a professional golfer or going to grad school – is to leave a golfing legacy in Dominican athletics where he helped the Penguins progress to two consecutive NCAA Division II West Regional tournament appearances. Beyond that, it is business as usual as Drew pursues a job opportunity this summer in Texas with Oncor Oil and Gas.


March 6, 2017