FAYETTEVILLE, AR (U of A) – Senior Austin Cook of the No. 12 University of Arkansas men's golf team was named a first-team Capital One Academic All-District VI selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Cook, the NCAA Fayetteville runner-up, carries a 3.83 grade point average in biology and picks up his second Academic All-District award after earning the same in 2012. He now advances to the Academic All-America ballot where first-team members from each of the eight national districts will be voted on for Academic All-America honors.
"Austin is the epitome of the student-athlete," Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said. "He is a great student and puts in countless hours with his studies and also finds the time to be an exceptional golfer. He has a bright future in whatever career path he chooses."
Cook is a two-time Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year having won the award in both 2012 and 2013, has been named to three SEC Spring Academic Honor Rolls and been named to one of the UA Academic honor lists each of his eight semesters at the University. On the course he owns a career stroke average of 73.39, which ranks 11th in school history, has 22 top 20 finishes and is having his best year as a senior. As a sophomore, the Jonesboro, Ark., native earned honorable mention Ping! All-America honors after he placed 10th at the NCAA Championship.
To be considered for Capital One Academic All-District honors, student-athletes must be a sophomore or older and maintain a 3.3 GPA. Arkansas is in district VI which includes schools from Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.