BIG EAST Championship Tees Off Sunday

April 18, 2009

Related Links:
2009 BIG EAST Conference Championship Central (www.bigeast.org)
Live scoring (www.golfstat.com)

DADE CITY, Fla. -- This Sunday the Marquette University men's golf team will begin its quest to defend last year's league title when the Golden Eagles tee off at the 2009 BIG EAST Conference Men's Golf Championship, April 19-21, at the par-72, 7,031-yard South Course at the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club.

Led by seniors Mike Van Sickle and Dustin Schwab, Marquette will go head-to-head with 11 other BIG EAST schools. This year's team champion will once again receive the conference's automatic bid to participate in the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championships in May.

Van Sickle, a national golfer-of-the-year candidate, leads the country with five collegiate wins this season. He is coming off his most recent victory this past Tuesday at the Palisades Collegiate Classic. MU's all-American has won a school-record 11 tournaments thus far and is a two-time winner at Lake Jovita, posting victories at the Ron Smith USF Invitational in 2007 and 2008.

Last year's team title was the first-ever conference championship for the Marquette men's golf program, thus earning the Golden Eagles their first trip to the NCAAs. Marquette's Ted Gray earned his first collegiate win by firing a 5-under 211 at Traditions Golf Club in Hebron, Ky., site of the 2008 championship, as MU successfully held off a surging Louisville squad to win by two strokes.

Live scoring will be available for the 2009 BIG EAST Championship beginning with Sunday's first round of action.

BIG EAST Conference Men's Golf Championship
April 19-21, 2009
Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club (South Course)
Dade City, Fla.
Par 72, 7,031 yards
Live scoring

Marquette Lineup
Mike Van Sickle, Sr., Wexford, Pa.
Dustin Schwab, Sr., Waunakee, Wis.
Kelly Kretz, So., Antigo, Wis.
Matt Haase, R-Fr., Medford, Wis.
Ben Sieg, R-So., Osseo, Wis.

Schedule (all times Central)
Saturday, April 18 - Practice Round (Marquette, 11:15 a.m.)
Sunday, April 19 - First Round (7 a.m.)
Monday, April 20 - Second Round (7 a.m.)
Tuesday, April 21 - Third Round (7 a.m.)

Participating Teams
Connecticut, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Notre Dame, Marquette, USF (host), Cincinnati, Georgetown, St. John's, DePaul and Louisville.

Format
Twelve team, 54-hole, stroke play Championship. Teams will compete in threesomes. The event is conducted over four days with each team's five members playing a practice round of 18 holes on day one, and one 18-hole round on days two, three and four.

Last Time Out
Mike Van Sickle rallied to win the Palisades Collegiate Classic -- his 11th collegiate victory -- while Marquette place third in the team standings with an overall score of 6-under-par 858. It was the Golden Eagles' best team finish since placing second at the Xavier Invitational back in October. Van Sickle closed with a final-round 66 at the par-72 Palisades Country Club to finish at 16-under-par 200, a tournament record. Fellow senior Dustin Schwab posted his lowest tournament score of the season finishing up Tuesday at 1-under 215 (70-72-73). Schwab tied for 16h place on the individual leaderboard.


 

 

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