July 18, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming Director of Men's and Women's Golf Joe Jensen announced today that three UW team members from the 2005-06 season have been named All-American Scholars.
Cowgirls Mikala Henzlik (Rapid City, S.D.) and Whitney Hernandez (Powell, Wyo.) were recently placed on the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar Team, while Cowboy Dan Silva (Littleton, Colo.) was named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA). Henzlik earned the prestigious academic honor for the first time, while Hernandez and Silva each were given the recognition for the second consecutive year.
Wyoming represented two of 10 Mountain West Conference female student-athletes recognized by the NGCA and one of five MWC male golfers named by the GCAA. It is the ninth time a Cowboy has achieved the status of All-American Scholar and the 13th time for a Cowgirl.
"We're proud of the efforts of these kids and it is what we expect to produce from the Wyoming Golf program," said Jensen. "Success in the classroom and on the golf course are both taken seriously here at Wyoming, and for us to be represented on a national level in this way is great.
"These honors are good examples to our current and incoming players about what we want and can achieve at UW.
"It's very impressive that Dan and Whitney have earned this status for two straight seasons and we're excited to have Mikala with us for three more years."
Henzlik, who will be a sophomore for Wyoming next season, had a solid freshman year. After competing in every event for the Cowgirls and posting the second-best stroke average on the team, she topped off her first collegiate season by shooting a final round of 70 (-2) at the 2006 MWC Championship and vaulting from 19th to 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 earned Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete honors this past year and carried a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in pre-pharmacy. She has continued her good play of late when she qualified for, and then played in, the 30th Annual U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links Championship.
Hernandez, a three-year letterwinner and team captain this past season for the Cowgirls, just completed her last year of collegiate competition and finishes her career having twice been named an NGCA All-American Scholar. Additionally, she has been awarded Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete honors two times. Whitney golfed in 23 events during her career at UW, including 10 of 11 in 2005-06. She graduated this spring with a 3.89 GPA in nursing.
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.
Silva recently graduated from UW with a 3.84 GPA and a degree in economics. He was named a finalist for an NCAA post-graduate scholarship and while twice being named a Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar by the GCAA, he has also been named to ESPN The Magazine's Academic All-America® All-District VII Team as selected by CoSIDA two years in a row.
His best finish as a senior came at the Oregon Duck Invitational where he placed 11th of 73 golfers and was one under par for the event. Silva's career stroke average is 75.15 and he had a team-best average of 74.19 during his redshirt junior year. Silva was the top finisher for the Cowboys at the 2005 MWC Tournament and Dan had six career individual top 25 finishes. A multiple Academic All-MWC and Scholar Athlete selection, he has also been named to the Dean's List seven out of eight semesters, and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).
To be eligible for Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically and competed in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participated in 70-percent of his teams competitive rounds, had a stroke average under 76.0 in Division I and maintained a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.
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