June 3, 2009
MILWAUKEE - Mike Van Sickle was named to the PING All-America First Team, announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) following the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship. Van Sickle, who graduated in May as the most-decorated golfer in Marquette history, garnered PING All-America Honorable Mention accolades in each of his previous two seasons. He becomes the first Marquette golfer to ever garner first-team all-America honors.
"Being honored as a first-team all-American, and the first Marquette golfer to do this, is a great way to cap Mike's collegiate career," said head coach Tim Grogan. "It shows that you can reach a high level of success at Marquette, and we are proud of his accomplishments. "
Van Sickle ranked among the national leaders this year in wins (5), scoring average (70.00) and birdies (165), among several other statistical categories, and was named 2009 BIG EAST Player of the Year. He won three straight tournaments during the fall season, including the prestigious Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic in El Paso, Texas, where he closed with an 8-under-par 63 in the final round and defeated Oklahoma State's Trent Leon in a six-hole playoff.
In addition to owning several school records -- including collegiate victories (11), scoring average (71.65) and rounds of par-or-better (86) - Van Sickle posted 24 top-five finishes in 48 collegiate events as a Golden Eagle.
Last week, Van Sickle received the 2009 Byron Nelson Award presented by Cleveland Golf/Srixon. He was also one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Ben Hogan Award. This week, Van Sickle will compete in the Palmer Cup, in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., as a member of Team USA.
"Give Mike a lot of credit," said Grogan. "He earned this status through talent, discipline and an ability to take advantage of the opportunities around him. He has worked harder than any golfer I've seen in my 18 years at Marquette, and as a result, he has had the greatest career of anyone I have coached. With this award, he joins an elite list of top collegiate golfers who have gone on to PGA Tour success."
PING All-America First Team (NCAA Division I)
Jorge Campillo, Indiana
Rickie Fowler, Oklahoma State
Matthew Giles, Southern California
Matt Hill, N.C. State
Morgan Hoffman, Oklahoma State
Billy Horschel, Florida
Kyle Stanley, Clemson
Nick Taylor, Washington
Cameron Tringale, Georgia Tech
Mike Van Sickle, Marquette University