July 2, 2014
CORAL SPRINGS, Fla -
University of Wyoming sophomore Kathleen Kershisnik and redshirt sophomore Emily Woodard have been named All-American Scholar announced Wednesday by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA). It is the first time since 2008 that multiple Cowgirls have garnered the award. Kershisnik also became the first UW golfer to earn the award in back-to-back seasons since Laura Mengelkamp earned the honor in 2007 and 2008.
“Kathleen and Emily are very deserving of this honor, especially with the difficult degree programs they are working toward,” UW head coach Josey Stender said. “They are excellent team leaders and represent the core values of our program and I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts.”
A native of Highlands Ranch, Colo., Kershisnik completed her second season with the Cowgirls with a 3.76 grade-point average, while majoring in kinesiology. She was named to the Mountain West Academic All-Conference Team a season ago and will be eligible for the team this season. On the course, she averaged 80.4 strokes per round, a one-stroke improvement over last season.
A native of Cheyenne, Wyo., Woodard recorded a GPA of 3.69, while majoring in chemistry. She was named a Mountain West Scholar-Athlete last season. On the course, Woodard was the Cowgirls’ top performer at the MW Championship finishing in 14th place. It was the highest placing by a Cowgirl since Juanita Rico tied for 11th during the 2012 championship. She was second on the team in scoring average at 78.6.
A total of 664 women’s collegiate golfers were recognized with this prestigious honor. The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.