SCC golf team signs two prep athletes

Southeast Community College men’s golf Coach Bill Campbell has announced the signing of two players who will join the Storm this fall.

McCook senior Noah Hofman, who won the Class B State Tournament last year, and Braden Wheeler, the four-time reigning junior club champion at Deep River Golf Club in Ontario, Canada, and have signed to play for the Storm.

“We are very excited about these two young men,” Campbell said.

Hofman has competed in the Class B State Tournament each of his first three years of high school, and all at Grand Island golf courses. He shot 2-under-par 142 as a junior at last year’s Class B State Tournament at Riverside Golf Club, finished fifth as a sophomore at Indianhead Golf Club, and he tied for 25th as a freshman at Jackrabbit Run Golf Course.

“I think he’s the best golfer in the state,” Campbell said. “He’s a steady, very consistent golfer. He’s long enough, but also has a good short game.”

Campbell said Hofman was recruited by Pepperdine University in California, Gonzaga University in Washington and the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Hofman also visited Iowa Western Community College.

“He’s low-key, quiet and even-tempered,” Campbell said of Hofman. “You can’t tell if he just made eagle or bogey. He’s a mature athlete on the golf course.”

Last fall Hofman finished third in the Nebraska Golf Association’s Junior Series Point Standings, earning him a spot on the 2015 NGA Fall Junior Series All-Star Team. He also was a member of that team in 2014. He also was a member of the Nebraska team that competed in the Kansas-Nebraska Junior Cup Matches in 2014 and 2015.

In 2014 Hofman finished second in the 25th Nebraska Junior Match Play Championship on his home golf course, Heritage Hills Golf Course in McCook. He also qualified in 2015.

Campbell said Wheeler is another great addition to the team.

“He has the big three that we look for in a golfer: physical talent, work ethic and personal accountability,” Campbell said. “He had a great visit to our campus and fit in well with our current players, so it was an easy decision to offer him one of my two remaining scholarships.”

Wheeler’s success in the Ottawa Valley and his play at the 2015 Ontario Teams Championship generated college interest. According to, Wheeler entertained offers from a number of schools but went with Southeast after he felt comfortable during his visit to Beatrice.


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