U.S. Bank Championship
July 13-19, 2009
June 8, 2009
U.S. Bank Championship website
MILWAUKEE – Mike Van Sickle has been granted a sponsor exemption into this year’s U.S. Bank Championship, July 13-19 at Brown Deer Park Golf Course, it was announced Monday by tournament director Dan Croak. It will mark the first PGA Tour event for the former Marquette University golfer.
“I'm very grateful and excited,” said Van Sickle. “There's a lot of deserving players out there, so I really appreciate the opportunity they are giving me. I've played Brown Deer numerous times and have had some success on that course. I don't want to get ahead of myself, but I think I can go in there and be competitive.”
Van Sickle, who graduated from Marquette in May, is the recipient of the 2009 Byron Nelson Award. He was recently named to the PING All-America First Team and was a unanimous selection as this year’s BIG EAST Player of the Year. Winner of five collegiate events in 2008-09, Van Sickle is currently ranked among the top amateur players in the world.
This past week he was one of eight players who were invited to represent Team USA at the Palmer Cup in Cherry Hills Village, Colo., where he set a tournament record by scoring the largest margin of victory in a singles match, defeating Leonardo Motta 8 and 7.
Marquette’s all-time leader in scoring average (71.69), tournament wins (11), and career rounds of par-or-better, Van Sickle posted 24 top-five finishes in his career as a Golden Eagle.
“To receive an exemption to play in the U.S. Bank Championship is a great opportunity for Mike with this being a local event and a top PGA Tour event,” said Marquette head coach Tim Grogan. “It is a well-deserved chance for Mike to show his ability. On behalf of Marquette University, we want to thank tournament director Dan Croak and the U.S. Bank Championship for giving Mike this chance.”
A sponsor exemption into this year’s tournament was also granted to Clemson’s Kyle Stanley. Stanley is the 2009 Ben Hogan Award recipient and fellow PING All-America First Team selection.
Formerly known as the Greater Milwaukee Open, this year’s event marks the 42nd annual. Past champions include Greg Norman, Mark O’Meara and Corey Pavin. It was also the tournament in which Tiger Woods made his professional debut in 1996.
Run by Milwaukee Golf Charities, Inc., the U.S. Bank Championship raises money to benefit a variety of organizations, including hospitals and youth development associations. Since 1994, the non-profit event has contributed more than $6 million to local charities.
“Hopefully we can get a good Marquette following, and they can get out, buy tickets and help bring in some money for this event,” Van Sickle said.
Information on tickets and business packages is available by calling the tournament office at (414) 431-GOLF, or by visiting the U.S. Bank Championship web site at www.usbankchampionship.com.