May 15, 2009
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ALVATON, Ky. -- Round two of the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Central Regional at The Club at Olde Stone was suspended due to inclement weather late Friday afternoon. All golfers will resume their rounds with a shotgun start Saturday at 7:30 a.m. CT with round three to immediately follow.
Unofficial results at the time play was suspended show that Marquette senior Mike Van Sickle is currently tied for third place at 2-under-par for the tournament with 20 holes remaining.
He began round two tied for 11th place after carding a 1-over 73 in opening-round action Thursday. After starting today's round on hole 10, Van Sickle was even on his round through the first 10 holes before making his timely accent up the individual leaderboard.
Van Sickle's tee shot on the par-4 hole five landed in the middle of the fairway, but before his group could hit their approach shots a horn sounded marking the first weather delay of the afternoon at 1:08 p.m.
Upon resuming play two hours later, Van Sickle was able to make up-and-down with a 15-foot putt giving the MU all-American his fourth birdie of the day to move to even-par for the tournament, 1-under on the day.
"He was determined to come out of that initial rain delay and make up some shots, and he did," Marquette head coach Tim Grogan said of Van Sickle. "Not many players can do that. Other players are not as mentally tough to come out of a delay and build momentum like that. It just shows you that Mike's got the physical ability and mental toughness."
He would save par on hole six before reaching the 603-yard par-5 hole seven in two. Van Sickle then sank an eight-foot eagle putt from the fringe to go to 3-under on the day.
Action was halted a second time due to thunderstorms at 4:10 p.m. Although players were allowed to head back out to the course at 6 p.m., they were never able to tee off as weather again began to threaten until the call was made to official suspend play for the day.
"You can't do anything about the weather," said Grogan. "Mike's going to come back out and try to build the momentum again and finish his round strong, because that's going to kick start his final round. If there's anybody in the field who can handle it, he's probably the best equipped to do it."
Nick Taylor of Washington remains the individual leader at 5-under through 29 holes. North Carolina State's Matt Hill is in second place at 3-under for the tournament through 33 holes. Both players, along with Van Sickle, are national player-of-the-year candidates.
Only one player not already on one of the five advancing teams will earn a berth to the NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship Finals, May 26-30, in Toledo, Ohio.
Live scoring of the NCAA Central Regional is available at www.Golfstat.com.