Wexford’s Mike VanSickle, joins Nathan Smith, C.G. Mercatoris, IV, and Trent Karlik at the USGA Amateur Championship by qualifying in the Cincinnati Sectional on August 3. His 146 put the recent Marquette University graduate in a playoff for the final spot which he won at Coldstream Country Club. His career record includes eleven college titles and the 2009 Byron Nelson Award.
VanSickle had played at the Nationwide Tour stop in Columbus, Ohio, at the OSU Scarlet Course on Thursday and Friday, July 30-31, missing the cut by one stroke at 143, then moving on to Cincinnati for the Amateur Sectional.
The Championship will be played in Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 24-30, at Southern Hills CC & Cedar Ridge CC, with the match play after 36 holes of stroke play qualifying at Southern Hills. The club has held numerous USGA championhips, most recently the 2001 Open, won by Retief Goosen, as well as the 2007 PGA Championship won by Tiger Woods.