Monday, June 29, 2009

Van Sickle Garners Sponsor's Exemption Into John Deere Classic

Recent Marquette University graduate Mike Van Sickle was awarded a sponsor’s exemption to play in the upcoming John Deere Classic, July 6-12, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. It will mark the first of two PGA Tour events in July for Van Sickle, who will join Alabama-Birmingham graduate Zach Sucher in the Quad Cities-based tournament.

Van Sickle, who is currently ranked sixth in the R&A World Amateur Rankings, capped off his senior season at Marquette with First Team All-America and BIG EAST Player of the Year honors. He was also the winner of the prestigious Byron Nelson Award.

Earlier this month it was announced that Van Sickle and former Clemson star Kyle Stanley were given sponsor’s exemptions into the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Wis., July 13-19.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

All-Nicklaus Team Announced

The most-decorated golfer in Marquette history, Mike Van Sickle, earned national recognition yet again when the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) recently announced he was named to the 2009 All-Nicklaus Team. Van Sickle is one of 20 NCAA Division I, II, and III and NAIA players to be recognized for their outstanding play during the past collegiate season.

Link to press release on

Jack Nicklaus (left) with Mike Van Sickle in Toledo, Ohio, following 
the presentation of the 2009 Byron Nelson Award.

Monday, June 8, 2009

U.S. Bank Championship grants Van Sickle sponsor's exemption

Mike Van Sickle will have his first opportunity to play in a PGA Tour event this July thanks to a sponsor exemption into the U.S. Bank Championship. This year's event will be July 13-19 at Brown Deer Park Golf Club in Milwaukee.

Check out the full story on Writer Gary D'Amato also posted a story to his blog on, while the USA Today picked it up off the AP wire.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Palmer Cup begins Thursday

Due to rain earlier in the week, the first day of Palmer Cup competition was pushed back by a day, and as a result the first round of Four Ball will now begin Thursday morning.

Live scoring is available for the duration of the tournament by going to and clicking on the "live scoring" button located on the left side of the home page.

Mike Van Sickle is teamed up with Stanford sophomore Steve Ziegler in the first round and will go up against the Italian twosome of Andrea Pavan of national champion Texas A&M and the University of Milan's Leonardo Motta.

On an additional note, UCLA's Eric Flores replaces Team USA's Jamie Lovemark of USC due to injury.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Van Sickle featured in Inside Wisconsin Sports

Mike Van Sickle was featured in the June edition of Inside Wisconsin Sports. In Bill Huber's story "Par for the Course," the Marquette all-American, along with the University of Wisconsin women's golfer Kelsey Verbeten, are profiled as the state's top collegiate players.

In the article, Huber gets Van Sickle to reveal his biggest strength on the golf course. "I hit it about 300 off the tee, but the other thing is the driver is one of straightest clubs in my bag," Van Sickle said. "I hit it a long way but I hit it quite accurately, which is a big advantage."
Inside Wisconsin Sports is available on newsstands throughout the state or by subscription.

Monday, June 1, 2009

PING All-America First Team announced

Mike Van Sickle was named to the PING All-America First Team, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) following the NCAA Division I Men’s Golf Championship. Van Sickle, who graduated in May as the most-decorated golfer in Marquette history, garnered PING All-America Honorable Mention accolades in each of his previous two seasons.ate events as a Golden Eagle. [full story]

PING All-America First Team (NCAA Division I)
Jorge Campillo, Indiana
Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State
Matthew Giles, Southern California
Matt Hill, N.C. State
Morgan Hoffman, Oklahoma State
Billy Horschel, Florida
Kyle Stanley, Clemson
Nick Taylor, Washington
Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech
Mike Van Sickle, Marquette University