Three UW Golfers Earn All-America Scholar Honors

July 25, 2003


Three University of Wyoming golfers have been named All-America Scholars for the 2002-03 academic year. Alison McGuire and Kim Nissen, seniors on the Cowgirl golf team, and Kurt Kowaluk, a senior on the Cowboy golf squad, were the three UW student-athletes honored.

The two women's golfers were honored by the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA), which is the national association for women's collegiate golf coaches. Kowaluk earned his honor from the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) -- the national association for men's college golf coaches.

In addition to McGuire's selection as an All-America Scholar by the National Golf Coaches Association, she was also named a Third Team Verizon Academic All-American this past spring in voting by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). McGuire, a native of Cheyenne, Wyo., graduated from UW in May of 2003 with a perfect 4.00 cumulative grade point average in political science. She is the daughter of Jan and Pat McGuire of Cheyenne.

For Nissen, it was her first All-America Scholar honor. Nissen, who hails from Lakewood, Colo., earned a 3.43 gpa in marketing at UW. Her parents are Janet and Ron Nissen of Lakewood.

Kowaluk, a senior from Lively, Ontario, was named an All-American Scholar for the second consecutive year by the Golf Coaches Association of America. He achieved a 3.37 cumulative grade point average in finance. Kowaluk is the son of Jan and Mike Kowaluk of Lively, Ontario, Canada.

All three also achieved Mountain West Conference Academic All-Conference honors in each of the past three academic years.