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

As a Business Administration major in the Barowsky School, Drew has attained significant milestones as a student-athlete at Dominican. He also has pursued numerous internships, including work as a financial analyst.

“I’ve always been driven in school to prioritize and manage my time correctly,” Drew says. “My personality fits Dominican. I enjoy the small class sizes and the small community. I don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s been a positive experience.”

Drew Nelson

“My personality fits Dominican. I enjoy the small class sizes and the small community. I don’t feel overwhelmed. It’s been a positive experience.”

It started as a freshman when Drew was named PacWest Freshman of the Year.

It reached its pinnacle when he was named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America. All-America Scholars must achieve competitive levels in their sport, while also maintaining great academic standing and upholding good moral character. His coach at Dominican, Gary Nelson, nominated Drew.

“That was an incredible honor,” Drew says. “It’s a testament to Coach Nelson’s leadership and 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 last summer.

“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 has helped the Penguins progress to two consecutive NCAA Division II West Regional tournament appearances.

Beyond that, it will be business as usual as Drew lines up job offers.

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