EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE golf coach Derrick Brown has announced the additions of Albert Nilsson (Tyarred, Sweden) and Presley Mackelberg (Reno, Nevada) for the 2018-19 season.
Iowa Western Community College
Nilsson will transfer to SIUE from Iowa Western CC. He is coming off a very strong fall sophomore campaign where 5 of his 12 competitive rounds were par or better. He is currently the No. 27 ranked junior college player in the country. He is part of a team that is currently ranked No. 4 in the country. Nilsson finished the runner-up at the 2017 Blue River Classic, where he closed with a final round of 66. He ended the fall with a stong finish of 13th at the National Junior College Preview with rounds of 75-71-70 at the Rawls Course in Lubbock, Tx, the site of the National Junior College National Tournament.
Brown on Nilsson: "Albert is a strong player who will bring a lot of talent and power to our team. He has shown the ability to shoot low numbers, and I believe he is just getting to his full potential as a player. I look forward to Albert being a part of our team next fall."
Galena High School
Mackelberg is the fourth-ranked player in the state of Nevada, according to the National Junior Golf Scoreboard. He finished third this past summer at the Nevada State Junior Championships. Mackelberg was named first team All-Northern Region his freshman, sophomore and junior years. A second team All-State performer as a junior, he was named the Athlete of the Year in the Sierra League. In 30 tournament rounds in national and regional junior events, he averaged a score of 74.1 with a low of 64. Mackelberg will compete in his senior season this coming spring for Galena.
Brown on Mackelberg: "Presley was someone who stood out in the recruiting process because of his passion for the game and tournament experience. He is very energetic and will bring a lot of experience to our team right away as a freshman. We are excited to have him on board next year."