Two UW Men's Golfers Receive Awards from the Golf Coaches Association of America

July 19, 2002


Mike Urbatchka and Kurt Kowaluk, both members of the University of Wyoming men's golf team, were recently honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) with postseason honors. Urbatchka, a senior from Sheridan, Wyo., was named to the 15-man PING All-Southwest Region team. Kowaluk, a junior from Lively, Ontario, was one of only 86 men's golfers from across the nation to earn Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors.

The GCAA selected All-Region teams in nine different regions around the country. Urbatchka enjoyed the best season of his Wyoming career as a senior in 2001-02. He concluded his senior season by being named to the Mountain West Conference All-Conference team, and he earned a bid to the 2002 NCAA West Regional in Albuquerque, N.M. The GCAA All-Region teams were sponsored by PING Golf.

"I am excited for Mike (Urbatchka)," said UW men's golf coach Joe Jensen. "Mike finished up a very fine college career with some wonderful accolades. The honors he has received this year were a reflection of his hard work and commitment."

Kowaluk received GCAA All-America Scholar athlete honors by achieving over a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average, while competing in at least 70 percent of his team's competitions. The GCAA All-America Scholar team is sponsored by Cleveland Golf. Kowaluk competed in all 10 of Wyoming's 2001-02 tournaments. He posted three Top 25 tournament finishes during his junior year, with his best finish being a 17th place showing at the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate in Denver, Colo. Kowaluk is majoring in finance with an emphasis in international business.

"Kurt is the epitome of what a student-athlete should be," said Jensen. "He achieves in both the classroom and on the golf course. I am excited to have him back for another year."

The awards were announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America at its national awards dinner in Columbus, Ohio.