Cowgirl Golf Team Receives NCAA Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Award

April 22, 2009

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

On Wednesday, the NCAA released the 2008-09 Academic Performance Program's public recognition awards and the University of Wyoming women's golf team was honored for its exceptional Academic Progress Rate (APR).

This public recognition award is one of the toughest academic awards for a team to achieve. In order to receive the award, a team must post multi-year APR scores that are in the top 10 percent of all 252 NCAA Division I women's golf teams. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years.

"We are extremely proud of the Cowgirl golf team for their accomplishments both on the golf course and in the classroom," UW Director of Athletics Tom Burman said. "Seeing Jonelle Martinez win the Mountain West Conference championship last week and then having the team honored academically today, is a testament to the hard work and dedication of this team."

"We strive to excel academically and graduate our athletes," head coach Josey Stender said. "The long term goals of our student-athlete are important to us during the recruiting process because we want our players to work hard in the classroom and graduate. This award is a credit to the hard work and dedication of our team."

In all, 767 teams were publicly recognized this year for their high achievement. That number represent 11.9 percent of the approximately 6,484 Division I teams. The list includes 448 women's teams and 319 men's or mixed squads.

The APR provides a look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. The APR includes eligibility, retention, and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture in each sport.