Van Sickle Concludes All-America Golf Classic
Nov. 20, 2007
EL PASO, Texas - Mike Van Sickle concluded his final round Tuesday tied for 16th place at the Western Refining College All-American Golf Classic. The Marquette University junior finished his third round with a one-over par 72 and even-par 213 for the two-day tournament held annually at the El Paso Country Club.
"I knew to get back into contention it was going to have to be one of those magical days," said Van Sickle. "But I just go out there and shoot the best that I can shoot. I played pretty solidly overall - a few drives got away from me, but I chipped pretty well. Unfortunately, I found myself in some precarious situations that I couldn't get out of without picking up a stroke."
Coming in on the front nine, Van Sickle was two-under through 10 holes after he birdied the par-3 first hole. But Van Sickle carded a six on the next hole, another par-4, to go back to even.
Van Sickle, who fired back-to-back rounds of 73 and 68 on Monday, then bogeyed the fourth and seventh holes before wrapping up the final round with a his 14th birdie of the tournament on the par-5, 534-yard ninth hole.
Tied with Van Sickle for 16th place were Minnesota's Victor Almstrom and Georgia Tech's Chesson Hadley, who entered the tournament as the top-rated collegiate golfer in the country by Golfstat. Webb Simpson of Wake Forest won the event, regarded as the top collegiate tournament in the country. Webb finished at 15-under, including a course-record 62, which he carded in the first round.
"It was a great experience stacking myself up against some of the top golfers in the country, something that I've been looking forward to," said Van Sickle. "Although I didn't have that good of a tournament, I'm pleased with the results in comparison to the other top golfers. This tournament proved I can play with these guys."