July 12, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) announced earlier this week that three University of Wyoming Cowgirls from the 2006-07 season have been named All-American Scholars.
Cowgirl golfers Kaelee Aegerter (Laramie, Wyo.), Mikala Henzlik (Rapid City, S.D.) and Laura Mengelkamp (Dover, Pa.) were each recognized with this prestigious honor. Aegerter and Mengelkamp were awarded the academic status for the first time, while Henzlik was given the recognition for the second consecutive year.
Wyoming represented three of eight Mountain West Conference female student-athletes recognized by the NGCA, the most of any MWC institution. With the addition of these three, Cowgirl golfers have now achieved the status of All-American Scholar 16 times in the program's history.
The criteria for selection to the NGCA All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent of all college athletics. The minimum cumulative 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.
"I couldn't be more proud of these three," said Wyoming Director of Golf Joe Jensen. "They are great ambassadors for Wyoming Golf and everyone involved in our program shares in their success. Their efforts in the classroom and on the golf course will carry over to their teammates and is exactly what we are looking for from our student-athletes.
"I am pleased with the job that Josey (Stender, Head Cowgirl Coach) has done to implement values on her team, which creates a model and basis for the program. We will continue to recruit the best all-around student-athletes and put a premium on both the student and athlete portions."
Aegerter will be a senior next school year for the Cowgirls and carries a 3.728 grade point average (GPA) in elementary education, with concentration on early childhood. She is a two-time Academic All-MWC selection and MWC Scholar-Athlete, and played in seven of 12 events for UW during the 2006-07 season. Kaelee has consistently lowered her stroke average each year at Wyoming and has established herself for consideration in the lineup each time UW plays a tournament. Both her career best round and career best finish came this past fall when she shot 75 at the CU/Heather Farr Memorial and placed 46th of 90 players at the Bronco Fall Invitational.
Henzlik, who will be a junior for Wyoming next season, has played in all 23 events for UW in her two years on the team. She has a perfect a 4.0 GPA in pre-pharmacy, and is a two-time Academic All-MWC selection and MWC Scholar-Athlete. The highlight of Mikala's collegiate golf career to this point came when she shot a final round of 70 (-2) at the 2006 MWC Championship and finished in fourth place out of 35 golfers. Not only was the two under-par round the tournament low, but it was also Henzlik's career best. The MWC finish was the highest for a Cowgirl golfer since Jordan Lintz won the inaugural MWC title in 2000. Henzlik's event total was 224 (+8), only two strokes back of first place. Mikala won the Wyoming State Amateur title and was a USGA Women's Amateur Public Links qualifier during the summer of 2006.
Mengelkamp is majoring in political science, as well as environmental and natural resources, and has a 3.584 GPA. Laura will be a senior in 2007-08 and consistently has been the Cowgirls' best player in her three years at UW. This past fall she shot a school-record round of 69 (-3) and Mengelkamp is also the school record holder for low event score, 217 (+1). She has competed in all 35 events UW has played in her three years. Laura now has nine top-five finishes in her collegiate career after placing fourth this spring in the inaugural Wyoming Cowgirl Classic. Her performance at the 2007 MWC Championship, where she tied for 11th, was her 20th career top-25 finish. She has been honored three times as Academic All-MWC and once as an MWC Scholar-Athlete.