Gary Van Sickle

Gary Van Sickle, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, joined the staff in 1996 and covers golf for the magazine and its Golf Plus section. He was a sportswriter and columnist at The Milwaukee Journal for 13 years, covering a variety of sports. Van Sickle was born in Midland, Mich., graduated from the University of Wisconsin (Madison) with a journalism degree and currently resides in Wexford, Pa., just outside Pittsburgh. He's a scratch handicap (more or less, depending upon the size of the bet), and advanced through local U.S. Open qualifying in 1996 and played in sectional qualifying with Tour players Larry Mize and Tom Purtzer, just missing a spot in the Open by a scant 17 shots.