July 20, 2009
It's been an eventful summer so far for members of the Marquette Golden Eagles men's golf team, past and present, with a number of players finding success on the links. Here's a short round-up of what's been happening.
Six Golden Eagles from the 2008-09 squad are competing in the 2009 WSGA Wisconsin State Amateur Championship, which begins today and runs through July 23. Matt Haase, Kelly Kretz, Mike McDonald, Ryan Prickette, Dustin Schwab and Ben Sieg will all compete in the event at Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha, Wis. [link to WSGA live scoring]
Mike Van Sickle missed the cut, but gained valuable experience playing under a sponsors' exemptions in his first two PGA Tour events as an amateur. He carded a 1-over 141 (70-71) in two rounds at the John Deere Classic held earlier this month in Silvis, Ill. This past week, with McDonald as his caddie, the All-American shot a 3-over-par 143 (72-71) in front of a gallery of Marquette fans at the U.S. Bank Championship at Brown Deer Park Golf Course in Milwaukee. Van Sickle finished tied with fellow Pennsylvanian and 2008 U.S. Open runner-up Rocco Mediate.
Van Sickle's next tournament will be the Porter Cup, July 21-25, at Niagara Falls Country Club. He has also received a sponsor's exemption to play in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Invitational, which will be held July 30 to Aug. 2, at The Scarlet Course in Columbus, Ohio.
Kretz qualified for his second straight U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, where he was one of three players from Wisconsin to qualify for this year's event, held July 13-18 at Jimmie Austin Golf Club in Norman, Okla. After advancing to the round of 16 in last year's championship in Colorado, Kretz failed to advance to match play this summer with a 9-over 151 (76-75) during stroke play, missing the cut by two strokes.
Earlier this summer, Kretz was defeated by Kevin Cahill 1-up at the WSGA Match Play Championship at the Northern Bay Golf Resort in mid-June. He also tied for second at the Ray Fischer State Amateur Tournament in Janesville, Wis. in late June after bogeying the 15th and 16th holes in the final round. Marquette teammates Schwab and McDonald finished sixth and eighth, respectively at the Ray Fischer Tournament.
Finally, the USGA will be hosting U.S. Amateur qualifying at the Kenosha Country Club on Aug. 10. Van Sickle was the lone Golden Eagle to qualify for the event last summer.