Waiting game - Van Sickle makes it to U.S. Open

Posted June 13, 2016 - Western Pennsylvania Golf Association - Contact

Mike VanSickle hits a shot at the 2016 West Penn Open at Westmoreland CC

Mike VanSickle of McKees Rocks, Pa., has qualified for his first U.S. Open at Oakmont as one of the final alternates accepted into the field. His first round starting time on Thursday is 6:56 a.m.

VanSickle’s had to wait since Sectional Qualifying ended to see if he would be play.

The USGA held spots in the championship for the last week prior to the U.S. Open in case a player moved into the top-sixty in the world rankings after last week’s events on the PGA Tour and European Tour.

No players moved up, so VanSickle claimed one of the places assigned to #1 alternates. Eight of first alternates from the twelve Sectionals, ten in the USA, one in England, and one in Japan made it to the U.S. Open.

VanSickle was medalist in Local Qualifying on May 16 at The Club at Nevillewood where he shot 70. He played on June 6 in Sectional Qualifying rounds at Woodmont CC in Rockville, Md. His score of 71-67 - 138 placed him in a three person playoff for the final two qualifying spots. He bogeyed the first playoff hole to become first alternate.

VanSickle’s first professional win came in the 2013 West Penn Open at Mystic Rock, and he won again last year at Westmoreland Country Club.

VanSickle has advanced through five U.S. Open Local Qualifying rounds. The closest he came to qualifying for the U.S. Open previously was in 2007 when he missed the playoff by one stroke. The 2007 championship was also held at Oakmont.

In 2009, VanSickle reached the third round of the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Ok, and lost in 21 holes to champion Byeong Hun An.