TULSA, Okla. – Mike Van Sickle sure made life a lot easier for his father/caddie, Gary, during his first two matches this week at the U.S. Amateur at Southern Hills.
Mike, a first-team All-America as a senior at Marquette last season, took only 27 holes in winning both his matches – 6-and-4 in the first round and 6-and-5 in the second round.
On the other hand, Ben Martin, who will be a senior at Clemson this fall, put his father/caddie, Jim, to a marathon test. Martin had to go 21 holes – the longest match of the first round – and came back Thursday morning and won on the 19th hole. That’s 40 total, or 13 less than the Van Sickles.