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Trio of Cowboy golfers earn all-district academic honors

Azevedo, Dales and Panke Garner Award

LARAMIE, Wyo. (June 25, 2024) – A trio of Cowboy golfers were named Academic All-District on Tuesday, as selected by the College Sports Communicators (CSC). Patrick Azevedo, Jimmy Dales and Kristof Panke received the honors. It marks the second straight season that Dales has earned the award and the first for Azevedo and Panke.

The two earned Academic All-District honors in the At-Large category, which includes all 10 NCAA men’s sports: fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. The trio was a key part of the Cowboys earning a second consecutive postseason berth.

A native of Othello, Washington, Azevedo has a grade-point average of 4.0 heading into his Masters in Business Administration. He competed in 13 events for the Cowboys, averaging 72.8 strokes per round on the season. His best result came at the Mark Simpson Invitational, hosted by Colorado, finishing 11th.

A native of Northville, Michigan, Dales recently graduated with a Master’s in Business Administration with a grade-point average of 3.80. He played all 14 events last season with an average of 72.6 strokes per round. He finished fourth in the final regular season event of the season in Missouri. He led the Pokes with a ninth-place finish at the MW Championship.

A native of Davenport, Washington, Panke is working on his bachelor’s degree in accounting and sports with a 3.79 grade point average. He finished the season averaging 72.4 strokes per round to lead the team. His highest finish was sixth at the Wyoming Desert Intercollegiate. He finished seventh at the Golfweek National Golf Invitational to end the season.

Criteria for selection for academic teams from all districts
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or major reserve with at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution. The cumulative grade point average may NOT be rounded up to 3.50.

Nominated athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s matches at the position stated on the nomination form (if applicable).

No student-athlete is eligible until he/she has completed a full calendar year at his/her current institution and is at least a sophomore academically and athletically.