Just as golf's popularity has mushroomed in recent years, Drury's golf teams have exploded onto the national scene, producing individual and team performances that demand attention. In 1999, the team made its debut at the NCAA-II national tournament. After the fall 2000 season, the team was ranked 11th nationwide among NCAA Division II teams. In May 2001, Drury will host the NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament at Millwood Golf Club. It seems each year witnesses new heights for this 68-year-old program.
That momentum is a benefit and a challenge for Drury's new golf coach, Ryan Van Sickle, who took over the team in August, 2000. Van Sickle should know how to handle the pressure, though-he was a senior on the team that played in the 1999 West Regionals. Coach Van Sickle replaced Rusty Worley, who was named Drury's vice president for administration. In his seven years as coach, Worley tallied 561 wins, the most of any Drury coach.
Drury golfers have made the NCAA-II Academic All-American Team for three years in a row. In June 2000 Trent Sorrells was one of only two players from Drury's district to be named to the team. Before him, Ryan Roy was an Academic All-American in 1998 and 1999; he was also named to the 1999 All-American Team. In August 2000, Roy qualified for the Buy.com Ozarks Open at Highland Springs Country Club in Springfield.
In the spring of 2000 the men's golf team qualified for the NCAA Division II West Regional Tournament for the second year in a row. They finished eighth at the tournament played in Bakersfield, Cal. Freshman Kevin Hogg's high finish at the regional qualified him for the national championships. The team also placed fourth in the Heartland Conference championship. Loel Fischer earned All-Heartland Conference honors. Fischer and Aaron Clark were named to the NCAA-II District Five All-American Team.