Senior men's golfer Mike Van Sickle
May 5, 2009
The Opus North Student-Athlete Spotlight features a standout Marquette student-athlete, recognizing his/her contributions to the University and community, both inside and out of competition.
Van Sickle, a senior, won five of the 11 tournaments he played for the Golden Eagles this season -- including the All-America Classic in November, where he beat Oklahoma State's Trent Leon on the sixth hole of a playoff. He'll get another shot at top golfers from other marquee schools when NCAA tournament play begins in mid-May.
Van Sickle leads Division I in scoring average at 69.67 strokes per round and is the eighth-best amateur player in the world according to the R&A world amateur rankings. He has been invited to the Palmer Cup, a Ryder Cup-style competition in June between top U.S. and European college players.
Van Sickle ranks No. 1 in the latest NCAA men's head-to-head standings, one of the criteria used to decide at-large bids and regional seedings. According to Golfstat.com, Van Sickle owns a 45-3 mark this year against the nation's top 100 players.