MIAMI SHORES, Fla. – Shannon Sykora was named head coach of Barry University women’s golf team Monday. Sykora previously held the title of acting head coach, serving in that capacity since last June.
“I feel fortunate to be taking over the women’s golf program, and I look forward to building on our past success,” Sykora said. “I’m grateful to the university for giving me the opportunity to continue fostering success in the classroom and on the golf course.”
Sykora spent the previous two seasons as the men’s and women’s golf teams’ assistant coach. Last year, he helped the Buccaneers women’s program to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Championships in Louisville. The men’s team finished tied for fifth after advancing to the quarterfinals of match play.
Prior to arriving at Barry, Sykora was first assistant golf professional at Teton Pines Country Club in Jackson, Wyo. There, he was the lead junior instructor.
Sykora played professionally for 12 years, competing in two PGA Tour tournaments. He made the cut at the B.C. Open in Endicott, N.Y. He won 11 tournaments on the North Atlantic Tour, and was named the 1998 NAT Player of the Year. He also was the leading money winner on the tour that season.
The Buccaneers will compete Thursday and Friday in the Southwest Minnesota State Spring Invite at International Legends Course in Daytona Beach.