Nov. 11, 2008
MILWAUKEE -- Mike Van Sickle, a senior on the Marquette University men's golf team, has been named Men's Player of the Week by Golfweek magazine. Van Sickle won his third tournament this fall by placing first at the Stockton Sports Commission Pacific Invitational last Wednesday in Stockton, Calif.
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"If you look at what Mike's done, you have to consider him as perhaps the best player in the country right now," said Marquette head coach Tim Grogan. "He's won three of five tournaments he's played in this fall, and each victory was unique in its own way. From my perspective, nobody has had a better fall season. Overall, it also shows that you can come to Marquette and have a very high level of success."
Named a 2008-09 Preseason All-American by Golfweek, Van Sickle has lived up to the billing through his first 18 rounds of competition this fall. He ranks first nationally among NCAA Division I players in subpar strokes per round (5.33), third scoring average (69.33), sixth in greens in regulation percentage (77.3 percent), and 11th in birdies (60). Overall, Van Sickle ranks in the top-10 in a total of five statistical categories.
Van Sickle's come-from-behind win at Pacific was his school-record ninth tournament title as a collegiate player. He is currently the No. 13-ranked collegiate player in the country, according to the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index, and is fourth in the Golfstat Cup Standings. He is also is the No. 6-ranked amateur in the United States, according to the Scratch Players World Amateur Ranking.
Van Sickle will make his second appearance in the annual Western Refining College All-America Golf Classic at El Paso Country Club, Nov. 22-25. Only the nation's top players are invited to play in the event which has featured current PGA Tour players such as Tiger Woods (Stanford), Phil Mickelson (Arizona State), Jim Furyk (Arizona) and Davis Love III (North Carolina). Van Sickle finished 17th at last year's event.