July 3, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
As announced on Wednesday by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), three University of Wyoming Cowgirl golfers have been named All-American Scholars for the 2007-08 season.
The Cowgirl Golf program's entire departing senior class; Kaelee Aegerter (Laramie, Wyo.), Lindsay Bauknecht (Vienna, Va.) and Laura Mengelkamp (Dover, Pa.), were each recognized with this prestigious honor. Aegerter and Mengelkamp were awarded the academic status for the second consecutive year, while Bauknecht earned the recognition for the first time.
Wyoming contributed three of 11 Mountain West Conference female student-athletes recognized by the NGCA, tied with New Mexico for the most of any MWC institution. With the addition of these three, Cowgirl golfers have now achieved the status of All-American Scholar 19 times in the program's history. It is the second year in a row that UW has had three players awarded All-American Scholar status.
The criteria for selection to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 3.50 and student-athletes must have competed in at least 50 percent of the college's regularly scheduled competitive rounds in Division I during the year.
"These honors are a great reflection of the girls' hard work and of what we are trying to do as a Wyoming Golf program," said Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen. "I'm proud of the way Coach (Josey) Stender has led the Cowgirl team and how these three players committed themselves to the program as both students and athletes. We want to achieve success at a national level in both the classroom and on the golf course.
"Kaelee, Lindsay and Laura all set the tone for their team and provided an excellent example for our younger players. They could not have achieved this level without their strong work ethic and the support of UW's administration. To be at the top of our conference and have such a large percentage of our team be given this honor really says a lot about the direction Wyoming Golf is headed."
Aegerter will earn her degree from UW in 2008-09. Through the '08 spring semester she carries a 3.765 GPA in elementary education, with concentration on early childhood. In addition to this season, she was an NGCA All-American Scholar in 2006-07. Kaelee is a three-time Academic All-MWC selection and MWC Scholar-Athlete, and played in six of 12 events as a senior for UW during the 2007-08 season. Aegerter represented Wyoming in 23 tournaments during her four-year career. Kaelee qualified for UW's traveling squad at the 2008 MWC Championship with an 18th place tie at the Cowgirl Classic in Chandler, Ariz., the first top-25 finish of her career. She also tied a career-best in the final round of that event with a 75 (+3).
A first-time NGCA All-American Scholar selection, Bauknecht finished her degree in criminal justice at UW in four years and graduated this past spring with a 3.639 GPA. She is a two-time Academic All-MWC honoree and MWC Scholar-Athlete, who played in 33 tournaments in her four years with the Cowgirl Golf program. Lindsay did not travel with UW in the fall of her final year, but came on strong during the spring season with a career-best 79.89 stroke average. As a senior, she tied for 25th at the 2008 Cowgirl Classic, the sixth top-25 finish of her career. Bauknecht's best finish at the MWC Championship was in 2007 when she tied for 17th place and her career low round was 75 (+3).
Mengelkamp will graduate from UW in 2008-09 and is majoring in political science, as well as environmental and natural resources, with a 3.682 GPA. Also an NGCA All-American Scholar in 2006-07, she has been honored four times as Academic All-MWC and twice as an MWC Scholar-Athlete. Laura was consistently the Cowgirls' best player all four years of her career and is one of the top all-time in school history. In the fall of 2006 she shot a school-record round of 69 (-3), as well as the school record for low event score of 217 (+1). As a senior she led her team to all-time UW marks for low team round and event score, including two event runner-up team finishes in 2007-08. Mengelkamp competed in all 47 events UW played in her four-year career. She had the low stroke average on her team all four seasons and finished her collegiate career with an average of 77.50. Laura owns the second, third, fourth and fifth best season stroke averages in Cowgirl history. She had one career event title, 10 top-five finishes and 29 in the top-25 of a major field.