Honors & Awards

  • Nebraska SAAC President (2020-21)
  • Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2019, 2021)
  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020; Spring 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)
  • Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award (2019)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)

Senior (2020-21)
Daniel Pearson competed as an individual outside Nebraska's lineup at the Git-R-Done Husker Invitational (April 17-18). Despite battling a wrist injury, Pearson managed a three-round total of 253 to finish 59th. The President of Nebraska's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Pearson was a leader for the Huskers across all sports in the classroom and the community.

Junior (2019-20)
After missing the spring and fall of 2019 with injury, Pearson returned to action for the Huskers at the 2020 Big Ten Match Championships. Pearson sank the match-clinching putt against No. 4 seed Ohio State to push the Huskers to the quarterfinals. He finished 1-3 at the tournament, while helping the Big Red to a fourth-place team finish. 

Pearson returned to the stroke play lineup at the Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, finishing in a tie for 45th at 230. However, the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19 ended the college sports season abruptly in mid-March.

He added Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Sophomore (2018-19)
Pearson tied for first among the Huskers at the William H. Tucker Invitational with a career-best 223 (+7) over three rounds. Pearson also played in the team’s final two tournaments of the fall, beginning with a 224 (+11) at the Fighting Irish Classic to tie for 78th. He finished up 2018 by shooting a 227 (+11) at the Quail Valley Intercollegiate, which put him in a tie for 66th overall. 

He missed the spring season with an injury, but was a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar and an Academic All-Big Ten selection for his outstanding performance in the classroom.

Freshman (2017-18)    
Pearson saw action in seven of Nebraska’s 10 stroke-play tournaments and finished with a 77.20 stroke average in his first season. Pearson also contributed in a pair of matches for the Huskers at the Big Ten Match Play Championships.  He captured a pair of top-60 finishes during the season, including a tie for 47th at the Hawkeye Invitational. 

Pearson shot a season-best 54-hole score of 227 on two occasions, beginning with a 70th-place showing at the Badger Invitational before tying for 56th at the Bayou City Collegiate Classic. He shot a career-best round of 71 (-1) on the second day of the Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational. 

Off the course, Pearson earned a spot on the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team. He was also a member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll during the fall and spring semesters.

Before Nebraska
Pearson played high school golf at Fairview in Boulder, Colo. Pearson was a three-year all-state and four-year all-conference team member, while being named BoCoPreps Player of the Year and Front Range Player of the Year in 2016 when he compiled a 69.17 stroke average as a senior. 

In 2016, the team captured the regional title and finished eighth at the state tournament. In 2015, the team took 12th at the state tournament after finishing fifth at state in 2013. Fairview also won the Front Range League crown in 2013. 

Pearson, who also played basketball and competed for the track and field team, earned a 4.5 grade-point average in high school.

The son of Ann Martin and Tony Pearson, Daniel was born Oct. 17, 1998. Daniel has a sister, Sophie. A finance major, Daniel earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2021. A two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (2019, 2021), he was also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection (2019, 2020, 2021). He was an eight-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll pick and a four-time member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). Pearson, who earned the Sam Foltz 27 Hero Leadership Award in 2019, was chosen as the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee President for the 2020-21 season. 

Pearson’s grandfather, Noel Martin, played football at Nebraska from 1959 to 1962, while his great-grandfather, Bill Jennings, coached the Nebraska football team from 1957 to 1961.


Year Rounds Strokes Average
2017-18 20 1,544 77.20
2018-19 9 674 74.89
2019-20 3 230 76.67
2020-21 3 253 84.33
Career Totals 35 2,701 77.17

Career Bests
Low Round - 71 (Quail Valley Collegiate Invitational, 10/24/17)
Low 54-Hole Score - 223 (William H. Tucker Invitational, 9/29/18)
Best Tournament Finish - T45th (Desert Mountain Intercollegiate, 3/8/20)
Rounds Under Par - 1