FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (ArkansasRazorbacks.com) – Senior Austin Cook of the University of Arkansas men's golf team was named a third-team Capital One Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) it was announced on Thursday.
The honor is Cook's first Academic All-America selection after two all-district awards over the past two seasons. The senior, who concluded his Razorback career with the 11th best stroke average in school history, maintained a 3.83 grade point average in biology during his four years and has aspirations of going to medical school upon graduation.
"Austin is exactly what you want in a student-athlete," Arkansas head golf coach Brad McMakin said. "He spends hours studying and still finds time to be an all-American on the course. You couldn't ask for a better leader in the locker room and I know that his work ethic will carry him to great things in whatever he chooses to do."
A two-time Southeastern Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Cook earned all-America honors as a sophomore when he finished 10th individually at the NCAA Championship. He was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2010 and been a mainstay in the Razorback lineup throughout his four-year career with 48 tournaments played, a 73.37 career stroke average and nine top 10 finishes. Over the last three years, Cook's score has counted toward Arkansas' team score 89 times in 105 rounds (84.7%).
In 2013 he was the runner-up at the NCAA Fayetteville Regional, a placing that earned him all-central region accolades, and posted Arkansas' second best stroke average at 73.00. Cook posted two sub-par tournament scores with three top 10 and seven top 20 finishes. He also finished tied for eighth at the invitation only Patriot All-America during Arkansas' winter break.