Van Sickle Named BIG EAST Golfer of the Week

March 13, 2009

MILWAUKEE - Marquette University senior Mike Van Sickle was named the BIG EAST Golfer of the Week league officials have announced. It's the first award of the 2009 men's golf season to be given by the conference.

Van Sickle is coming off a third-place finish at the Ron Smith USF Invitational held this past weekend at the par-72 Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club in Dade City, Fla. He was the only Marquette player to score under par in each of the three rounds and was the top individual finisher among BIG EAST players in the event.

It was Van Sickle's first collegiate event since he won the Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic held in El Paso, Texas, in November.

Currently the No. 3-ranked collegiate player in the country according to the most recent Golfstat Cup standings, Van Sickle's bid to win his third straight USF Invite -- and fourth consecutive collegiate event overall -- fell short with a six-under-par 210, the seventh lowest tournament score ever carded by an MU individual and three strokes behind the invitational's co-medalists.

Van Sickle boasts the lowest scoring average in the nation at 69.38 after 21 rounds played in 2008-09, which is over two strokes better than last season when he averaged a school-record 71.39 strokes per round. His 106 birdies to date also leads all collegiate golfers.

Next up for Van Sickle and the Golden Eagles is the Pinehurst Intercollegiate, March 15-17, at the Pinehurst No. 8 course in Pinehurst, N.C.




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