Van Sickle's 60 new amateur record

Posted June 20, 2007 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

When William Miller, Venetia, fired 62 at Fox Chapel last summer in the West Penn Amateur on his way to the title, he set a Fox Chapel course record and WPGA standard for the competitive lowest round ever by an amateur in this area. Less than a year later Mike VanSickle, Gibsonia, shot 60 on June 19 in the second round in the Tri-State Amateur at Chestnut Ridge Resort's Tom's Run Course to lower that record by two strokes.

Van Sickle, who plays at Treesdale in Gibsonia, had a terrific collegiate year at Marquette University with three victories and selections as All Big East first team and Honorable Mention All-American. He missed the playoff number for the US Open Sectional in Columbus by one stroke. He is the co-recipient of the 2006-07 Frank Fuhrer, III, Award, for the WPGA's outstanding collegiate player, sharing it with Penn State's Robert Rohanna, Waynesburg.

Van Sickle had a chance for 59. After hitting a big drive to the reachable par five 18th, he missed the green to the left, and missed a five foot putt for the birdie and 59.