MU's Van Sickle Earns Top Seed At NCAA Regional

Mike Van Sickle

May 4, 2009

MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University senior Mike Van Sickle has been invited to participate in one of six regional tournaments to open the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. Van Sickle is the top-seeded individual qualifier for the three-day, 54-hole regional tournament to be held May 14-16, in Bowling Green, Ky.

Five individuals were selected at-large to participate among the 14 teams that will compete at The Club at Olde Stone. In all, the top five teams at each regional -- and the top individual at each regional not among one of the advancing teams -- will qualify for the finals, May 26-30 at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio.

"This year, I have a bit of a different mindset going in, never having made it to the finals before and this being my last chance" said Van Sickle, who will be making his third NCAA appearance. "I'm just looking to end on a high note. I would really like the opportunity to win an NCAA championship."

Van Sickle also earned an at-large berth in 2007 when he tied for 17th place - his highest finish in NCAA tournament action. He participated in the regional again the following year as a member of the Golden Eagles, who earned the program's first-ever automatic berth after the team won the 2008 BIG EAST Conference championship.

"For any college player to get to NCAA regionals three times, you have to draw on those experiences," said Marquette head coach Tim Grogan. "Mike knows it's a challenge, especially on the individual side, to get to the finals. But he's taken on a lot of challenges in the last four years and this will be one of his final ones as a Marquette golfer."

As a team, Marquette failed to earn an at-large berth to what would have been its second consecutive NCAA postseason appearance. MU finished runner-up to Louisville, which claimed this year's BIG EAST Championship title.

As the league's automatic qualifier, the Cardinals have received the No. 8 seed at the Bowling Green regional. Also appearing will be top-seeded Washington, defending national champion UCLA, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Mississippi, East Tennessee State, Duke, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee, Austin Peay, Cleveland State and Bucknell.


 

 

Sebastian MacLean of Xavier, Trey Bowling of Eastern Kentucky, Purdue's Tyler Duncan and Alabama State's John Montgomery round out the remaining individuals at the regional.

"It's disappointing that we couldn't advance as a team this year," said Van Sickle. "My teammates really help to keep me loose and provide an extra sense of comfort for me when they're around."

"Our expectation as a team was to make it, so it is disappointing," said Grogan. "We're excited for Mike. There's going to be a lot of good players there. But I think Mike knows that if he plays up to his game and his ability that he can beat anyone."

Van Sickle ranks No. 1 in the latest NCAA men's head-to-head standings, one of the criteria used to decide at-large bids and regional seedings. According to Golfstat.com, Van Sickle owns a 45-3 mark this year against the nation's top 100 players.

The Club at Olde Stone - Bowling Green, Kentucky
Hosted by Western Kentucky University

May 14-16, 2009

Teams:
1.    Washington (Pacific-10 Conference)
2.    Georgia Tech (Atlantic Coast Conference)
3.    North Carolina State
4.    UCLA
5.    Mississippi
6.    East Tennessee State
7.    Duke
8.    Louisville (Big East Conference)
9.    Ohio State
10.    Vanderbilt
11.    Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt Conference)
12.    Austin Peay State (Ohio Valley Conference)
13.    Cleveland State (Horizon League)
14.    Bucknell (The Patriot League)

Individuals:
1.    Mike Van Sickle, Marquette
2.    Sebastian MacLean, Xavier
3.    Trey Bowling, Eastern Kentucky
4.    Tyler Duncan, Purdue
5.    John Montgomery, Alabama State

Galloway National Golf Club - Galloway, New Jersey
Hosted by Columbia University


Teams (seeded in the following order):
1.    Clemson
2.    Alabama
3.    Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
4.    Tennessee
5.    Wake Forest
6.    Colorado State
7.    Kent State (Mid-American Conference)
8.    Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
9.    Virginia
10.    Penn State
11.    Minnesota
12.    VCU (Colonial Athletic Association)
13.    Columbia (Ivy Group)
14.    Sacred Heart (Northeast Conference)

Individuals:
1.    Kevin O'Connell, North Carolina
2.    Dan Woltman, Wisconsin
3.    Robert Karlsson, Liberty
4.    Peter Williamson, Dartmouth
5.    Eric Hawerchak, Central Connecticut

University of Texas Golf Club - Austin, Texas
Hosted by the University of Texas

Teams (seeded in the following order):
1.    Stanford
2.    Florida
3.    Texas Tech
4.    Texas   
5.    UNLV
6.    California
7.    Lamar (Southland Conference)
8.    Michigan
9.    Texas-Arlington
10.    Virginia Tech
11.    Mississippi State
12.    New Mexico State (Western Athletic Conference)
13.    Jackson State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)

Individuals:
1.    Glenn Northcutt, Auburn
2.    Ken Looper, New Orleans
3.    Cole Moreland, Auburn
4.    Adam Cornelson, New Orleans
5.    Cedric Scotto, Southeastern Louisiana
6.    Jeff Gerlich, Texas State
7.    Matthew Carvell, Southeastern Louisiana
8.    Corey Roberson, Texas State
9.    Fergal Rafferty, Sam Houston
10.    Gonzalo Berlin, Jacksonville State

Lake Merced Golf Club - Daly City, California
Hosted by the University of San Francisco


Teams (seeded in the following order):
1.    Southern California
2.    Texas A&M
3.    Arizona State
4.    San Diego State
5.    UC Davis (Big West Conference)
6.    Oregon
7.    New Mexico
8.    Colorado
9.    UC Irvine
10.    Kansas State
11.    Oregon State
12.    San Diego
13.    San Francisco (West Coast Conference)

Individuals:
1.    Grant Doverspike, Fresno State
2.    Brady Johnson, Brigham Young
3.    Nick Delio, Cal State Northridge
4.    Scott Smith, Nevada
5.    Geoff Gonzalez, Cal Poly
6.    Robbie Fillmore, Brigham Young
7.    Mark Hubbard, San Jose State
8.    Kevin Tucker, Washington State
9.    Bhavik Patel, Fresno State
10.    Greg Moss, Loyola Marymount

Red Tail Golf Club - Sorrento, Florida
Hosted by the University of Central Florida and the Central Florida Sports Commission


Teams:
1.    Georgia (Southeastern Conference)
2.    Indiana
3.    South Carolina
4.    Central Florida (Conference USA)
5.    Florida State
6.    Arizona
7.    Augusta State
8.    Kentucky
9.    Georgia Southern
10.    Georgia State
11.    Iowa
12.    Charlotte (Atlantic 10 Conference)
13.    Campbell (Atlantic Sun Conference)
14.    Loyola (Maryland) (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference)

Individuals:
1.    Zach Sucher, UAB
2.    M. Etienne Bussierres, South Alabama
3.    Josh Brock, North Carolina-Wilmington
4.    Bill Jones III, Mercer
5.    Kelly McHugh, Florida Atlantic

Karsten Creek Golf Club - Stillwater, Oklahoma
Hosted by Oklahoma State University


Teams:
1.    Oklahoma State (Big 12 Conference)
2.    Arkansas
3.    TCU (Mountain West Conference)
4.    LSU
5.    Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
6.    Pepperdine
7.    Michigan State
8.    Baylor
9.    Northwestern
10.    Tulsa
11.    Denver
12.    Wichita State (Missouri Valley Conference)
13.    Oral Roberts (The Summit League)

Individuals:
1.    Trent Peterson, South Dakota State
2.    Peter Malnati, Missouri
3.    Tom Whitney, Air Force
4.    Kelly Kraft, SMU
5.    Eric Onesi, Old Dominion
6.    Chris Ross, Eastern Michigan
7.    Roger Sloan, UTEP
8.    Nate Page, Southern Utah
9.    Devin Carrey, Louisiana-Lafayette
10.    James Kwon, SMU

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