Van Sickle wins Fuhrer Award

Posted June 27, 2008 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Mike VanSickle, Gibsonia, whose home club is Treesdale G&CC, was named recipient of the 2007-08 Frank Fuhrer, III, Award, as the outstanding college golfer in Western Pennsylvania. VanSickle, a senior this August, plays for Marquette University in Milwaukee. During his junior year, he won two tournaments in Florida, the Big East/Mid-American Challenge in Orlando, University of South Florida’s in Tampa, tied for first in the Windon Memorial near Chicago, recorded numerous rounds in the 60’s and several top tens, compiled a 71.3 scoring average for 39 rounds, was ranked 29th nationally, and named an Honorable Mention All-American.

In 2006-07, VanSickle shared the Fuhrer Award with Waynesburg’s Robert Rohanna, who played for Penn State University. Rohanna finished second to VanSickle this season with highlights including two wins, including Penn State’s Rutherford Intercollegiate, and second place in the NCAA Central Regional at Ohio State University’s Scarlet Course that led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Championships.

The award is named after Frank Fuhrer, III, Pittsburgh, whose outstanding collegiate career at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, including selections as a three-time All Atlantic Coast Conference and All-American golfer, 1979-81. Winner of the 1981 Western Amateur, he was the #2 ranked amateur in the country and was named to the USGA’s 1981 Walker Cup team. Fuhrer, who played professional golf for nearly a decade before being reinstated to amateur golf, has won eleven competitions conducted by the WPGA. He qualified for numerous USGA championships, reaching the quarter-finals in the 1996 Mid-Amateur. He is a senior executive with Frank Fuhrer Wholesale, a beverage distributor.