Sept. 14, 2008
Gopher Invitational - Final Results (PDF)
WAYZATA, Minn. -- Marquette senior Mike Van Sickle added to his school record Sunday by winning his seventh collegiate tournament. Van Sickle shot three-under-par 213 (74-67-72) to claim a two-stroke victory at the Gopher Invitational held at Spring Hill Golf Club, while the Golden Eagles finished in a three-way tie for sixth place to open the 2008-09 season.
Van Sickle carded three of his tournament-high 15 birdies on the front nine to help salvage double bogey on the par-5 hole five. He played even through 12 holes and used another birdie on the par-5 hole 16 to get back to par for the day.
"He certainly lived up to his billing of being the sixth ranked amateur in country," said head coach Tim Grogan, citing Van Sickle's Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking. "For him to go out there and win in a big-time field by two strokes, he's been doing this for a couple of years now."
Van Sickle's even-par 72 on Sunday proved to be enough to fend off three players -- Charlie Holland of Texas, Arkansas' David Lingmerth and Cole Peevler of Iowa, all who tied for second place at one-under for the tournament. Van Sickle claimed three tournament victories in each of the past two seasons.
Fellow Marquette senior Dustin Schwab fell out of the top-ten after suffering a double bogey on hole 14. He closed out his round with bogey to finish with a 78. After moving to as high a fifth, Schwab tied for 11th place at four-over 220 (73-69-78). It is his highest finish in 22 events as a Golden Eagle. Schwab won the 2005 Lake Michigan Conference Championship as a freshman at Edgewood College prior to transferring to Marquette.
Despite his struggles the first two days, sophomore Kelly Kretz was able to pick up some of the slack by shooting a 73 in his final round. He ended up two strokes behind teammate Ben Sieg, also a sophomore, who shot a 227 (72-79-76) for the tournament.
"Overall, I thought we left a lot of shots out there," said Grogan. "We always had two good scorers, but we never really got a third and fourth score. In a field like that, you need four scorers. We showed we could compete, but I think we were capable of a top-four finish."
Eight of the tournament's 12 participating schools advanced to an NCAA Regional tournament last season. Marquette ended with a three-day score of 887 (298-291-298), three strokes behind in-state rival Wisconsin (884). The Golden Eagles tied with Pepperdine and tournament host Minnesota.
LSU and Texas shared the team trophy each with a score of 872. Washington (879) and Iowa (883) placed third and fourth, respectively.
Marquette will compete next at the Cardinal Classic, hosted by Louisville, Sept. 29-30.
2008 Gopher Invitational Final Results
Saturday, Sept. 14, 2008
Spring Hill Golf Club
Par 72 / 7,020 yards
1) Mike Van Sickle 213 (74-67-75)
T11) Dustin Schwab 220 (73-69-78)
T36) Ben Sieg 227 (72-79-76)
T42) Kelly Kretz 229 (79-77-73)
51) Mike McDonald 234 (79-78-77)
T1) LSU 872 (284-289-299)
T1) Texas 872 (282-295-295)
3) Washington 879 (292-297-290)
4) Iowa 883 (299-281-303)
5) Wisconsin 884 (304-285-295)
T6) Marquette 887 (298-291-298)
T6) Minnesota 887 (298-295-294)
T6) Pepperdine 887 (291-288-308)
9) Arkansas 890 (305-286-299)
10) SMU 923 (311-302-310)
11) Iowa State 925 (311-315-299)
12) Yale 926 (307-313-306)