June 29, 2009
MILWAUKEE - Recent Marquette University graduate Mike Van Sickle was awarded a sponsor's exemption to play in the upcoming John Deere Classic, July 6-12, at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Ill. It will mark the first of two PGA Tour events in July for Van Sickle, who will join Alabama-Birmingham graduate Zach Sucher in the Quad Cities-based tournament.
Van Sickle, who is currently ranked sixth in the R&A World Amateur Rankings, capped off his senior season at Marquette with First Team All-America and BIG EAST Player of the Year honors. He was also the winner of the prestigious Byron Nelson Award.
Earlier this month it was announced that Van Sickle and former Clemson star Kyle Stanley were given sponsor's exemptions into the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, Wis., July 13-19.
"The John Deere Classic prides itself on awarding many of its sponsor exemptions to young players who have distinguished themselves with their play either in college or elsewhere in order to give them an opportunity to test their games against the best players in the world," said John Deere Classic tournament director Clair Peterson. "Both Mike Van Sickle and Zach Sucher certainly have proven themselves on the golf course. What's more is that both of these young men not only are great golfers, they also have tremendous character."
Van Sickle ranked among NCAA Division I leaders this past year in wins (5), scoring average (70.00) and birdies (165), among several other statistical categories. He owns several school records -- including collegiate victories (11), scoring average (71.65) and rounds of par-or-better (86) - Van Sickle posted 24 top-five finishes in 48 collegiate events as a Golden Eagle.