Among the many high school athletes punching their tickets to the next level, Waukee’s very own Josh Nichols has officially joined the ranks.


As noted through Twitter Tuesday, Nov. 12, the senior will be continuing his competitive golfing career by joining the Wartburg Men’s golf team next season. Josh was part of a very strong senior class that had a major impact on the state title run for the Warriors. It was an impact that was certainly not lost to head coach John Kotz.


“All of these guys put in the work over the offseason and through this season,” began Kotz. “Seniors are always important to a team but the experience and leadership that these seniors have provided have been extremely helpful to the team this season and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”


Nichols himself poured in a solid 2019 campaign himself where he posted a team third-best mark of 39 strokes per nine holes. His low nine-hole score of the season came out to be a 36. Where Nichols and the Warriors spent most of their time was in 18-hole tournaments. Nichols excelled in those environments, averaging 79.22 strokes per 18 holes with an 18-hole low score of 73. All combined, the senior’s combined nine and 18-hole averages came out to 40.09, third-best on the Waukee roster among those with six 18-hole round or more.


Once Nichols departs from Waukee High School, he will then take the drive to Waverly Iowa where he will join up with a men’s team and former Waukee teammate Bennett Pedersen. The Wartburg Men’s golf team recently came off of a fall invitational win in which three out of the starting lineup carded top-six performances for the day. That included Pedersen who finished fourth overall.


Now it will be Nichols’ turn to be the breakout young star as he joins an exciting crop of 2020 recruits for Wartburg College.