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Sun, May 19, 2013
Van Sickle Ready to Face Nation's Best
MU Golfer Already in Select Company
By Rick Rietbrock
MILWAUKEE - It's been quite a year for Marquette Golfer Mike Van Sickle. He won the All-American Classic, which features the top amateur golfers in the country. He's been named to the Palmer Cup, the amateur version of the Ryder Cup. He's one of five finalists for the 2009 Byron Nelson Award and currently is gearing up this week to compete in the NCAA Golf Championship. He's the top-seeded individual golfer in the three-day, 54-hole regional tournament to be held Thursday through Saturday in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The top individual at each regional as well as the top five teams at each site will qualify for the finals, May 26-30 in Toledo, Ohio. "I very much would like to be playing on the PGA Tour making a living out of golf," says Van Sickle. "If it doesn't work out, so be it, but you're only young once and it would be a shame to give up on your dreams." "We knew he was good, but that one (winning the All-American Cup last year) told me he's probably the best player in the country," says Marquette golf coach Tim Grogan. Van Sickle says Fred Couples is his favorite golfer because he has a "calmness" about him on the course. With a few solid rounds in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, Mike Van Sickle may instead have a whole lot to be excited about the rest of the month.