July 2, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming golfer Kathleen Kershisnik has been named an All-American Scholar, the Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) announced on Monday. She is the first Cowgirl to earn the prestigious honor since Lindsay Bauknecht, Laura Mengelkamp and Kaelee Aegerter were each recognized in 2008.
"I'm very proud of Kathleen for earning this award, because of the high standards the WGCA has in the classroom and on the course," UW head coach Josey Stender said. "This is not only a credit to Kathleen and her discipline, but also the great academic support staff we have here at UW. Kathleen is a great ambassador for our team in all areas. It says a lot about her that she is the first freshman from our program to earn this accolade."
A native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Kershisnik completed her first season in the Wyoming program in 2012-13 with a 3.52 grade-point average. She was also named to the Mountain West Academic All-Conference Team and a MW Scholar-Athlete, while majoring in kinesiology. On the course, she worked her way into UW's starting five and competed in all seven spring events for the Cowgirls. She averaged 81.8 strokes per round and was UW's third scorer in two tournaments.
The criteria for selection to the WGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of the program's regularly scheduled competitive rounds during the year. A total of 644 women's collegiate golfers at the NCAA level were recognized, while Kershisnik was one of 16 honorees from the MW.