May 14, 2009
Van Sickle blog (www.MikeVanSickleGolf.blogspot.com)
ALVATON, Ky. -- Top-seeded Mike Van Sickle sits six strokes behind the leader following the first day of action Thursday at the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Central Regional held at The Club at Olde Stone. The Marquette senior shot a one-over-par 73 and is tied for 11th place on the individual leaderboard with 36 holes remaining.
Morning thunderstorms delayed the start of Thursday's first round by nearly two hours. Van Sickle, who was paired in the last group, finally teed off on hole one at 12:30 p.m.
Undulating greens caused more issues than the weather, however, as players scrambled to make par. Van Sickle missed a number of mid- to long-range birdie putts and managed just one birdie on the afternoon.
His lone birdie came on the 472-yard, par-4 hole 15. But Van Sickle gave it back on the very next hole after his tee shot on the par-3 hole 16 rolled off the green and onto the fringe.
Van Sickle went on to bogey the hole. He also bogeyed his first par-3 of the afternoon, the 235-yard hole three.
Washington's Nick Taylor sits atop the individual leaderboard after firing a 5-under 67. Taylor's Huskies -- the top-seeded team in the Central Regional -- own a 10-stroke lead in the team standings over Georgia Tech at 6-under 282 following the first round.
Van Sickle has a 9:10 a.m. tee time Friday and will begin round two on hole 10. He is paired with Bucknell's Brian Bartow and Erik Barnes of Austin Peay.
Live scoring is available on Golfstat.com.