July 9, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Three University of Wyoming Cowboy golfers were recently named Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Those Cowboys include Phil Henzlik, Gabe Maier and Zach Zaremba.
By having three student-athletes selected as All-America Scholars, Wyoming matches six other NCAA Division I programs with the most selections in the country. In all of Division I, only 119 athletes were honored.
"This is a tremendous honor for our program and I am very proud of these three young men," UW Director of Golf Joe Jensen said. "This award is special because it honors excellence both academically and athletically. I believe this helps show the overall strength of our program.
"To be one of seven teams in the nation with the most All-America Scholars is something special. With only 119 out of approximately 3,000 Division I golfers being honored, these three are among the premier student-athletes in the nation. It is also something special that they were honored in their first year of eligibility.
"These awards are a testament to the tremendous support staff we have here at Wyoming. Everyone from the faculty to the administration deserves our utmost appreciation. With the taxing schedule of a college golfer, receiving an honor like this takes tremendous dedication from both our student-athletes and support staff."
With the addition of these three golfers, nine student-athletes in Cowboy golf history have been selected as All-America Scholars by the GCAA. This is the first time in school history that three players have been honored in the same year.
The guidelines to earn All-America Scholar accolades are very stringent. To be eligible in Division I, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70 percent of his team's competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke average under 76.0, and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
Henzlik, a Rapid City, S.D. native, is currently carrying a cumulative GPA of 3.758 in physiology. He posted a stroke average of 75.97 this past season. In his career, he has finished in the top-25 of five different tournaments.
Maier, a native of Cody, Wyo., was the Cowboys' top player last season with a stroke average of 71.83. He is currently carrying a cumulative grade-point average of 3.247 as he pursues a degree in business administration. He qualified for NCAA Regionals this past spring, becoming the fifth Cowboy to do so. He ended the season with the sixth-best stroke average in the Mountain West Conference. His season was highlighted by winning the 92-man UW Desert Intercollegiate in Palm Desert, Calif.
Zaremba, who hails from Pueblo, Colo., posted UW's second-best stroke average this past season, a 73.73. In his career, he has finished in the top-25 of an event seven times. He is majoring in business administration and has a cumulative GPA of 3.250.
All three Cowboys who were honored are juniors and will be back for their senior seasons in 2010-11.