McConne, J.A.; – FGCU Women’s Golf finished sixth at the Mercer Invitational Tuesday to officially conclude the fall season.

“The team struggled all day and all week,” the team coach Shannon Sikora He said. “I’m really proud of this group. They put in a lot of hard work this semester.”

The Eagles left Peach State with 901 points in three rounds. The FGCU resumed Round Two on Tuesday as Monday’s action was suspended due to darkness, posting its best round of the week (294). In the third and final round that followed, FGCU fired 301 for the fifth best round of the day.

Mercer took the team title on his home run behind an 870-team score (+5), and the Bears burned a 15-team field by finishing 18 shots ahead of second-place Georgia State. Mercer also won the singles title as Michaela Dubnik finished as the only under 2 golfer.

Pussy Farrelly Lead all the eagles on their way to the best career score on the player leaderboard. The Florida native Lutz shot 74 in all three rounds to finish 13th in the 6-over.

Farrelly made her biggest move on the five holes, and entered the club 4-under combined on such holes. The fourth most bird sank out of the 90 student-athletes with 10.

Louisian Gautier (Uruguay) finished the second round with 69 (-3) and tied for the lowest singles round by any player in the tournament. She followed up this performance with 74 (+2) in the third round to finish the event with a score of 226 (+10) from three rounds to tie for 23rd place.

Anna Claire Bridge (Collerville, Fig.) and Leonie Wolfers Both (Germany) made cards for all three rounds in the ’70s to finish off their fall solo performance.

The FGCU will return to the ties in the spring of February 5-7 at the Lady Bison Classic from Panama City, Florida.

Eagle starts five
T13 Pussy Farrelly 74-74-74 | +6 | 222
T46 Louisian Gautier 83-69-74 | +10 | 226
T36 Anna Claire Bridge 77-77-75 | +13 | 229
T42 Leonie Wolfers 78-74-78 | +14 | 230
T75 Grace Rigby Walden 77-81-83 | +25 | 241

*individual
T85 Gabriella Vetter 85-80-84 | +33 | 249

Team Leaderboard
1 #107 Mercer +6 | 288-289-293 | 870
2 #102 Georgia State +24 | 300-300-288 | 888
3# 148 FIU +30 | 299-296-299 | 894
4 Seminole State +32 | 299-293-304 | 896
5# 139 UTEP +34 | 303-302-293 | 898

6# 149 FGCU +37 | 306-294-301 | 901
7 # 162 Troy +42 | 306-292-308 | 306-296-308 | 906
8 # 146 Eastern Kentucky +47 | 311-296-304 | 911
9 Daytona State College +48 | 306-304-302 | 912
T10 #143 Morehead State +49 | 309-300-304 | 913
T10 #161 Jacksonville +49 | 300-300-313 | 913
12 #177 Samford +57 | 303-303-315 | 921
13 #193 Stetson +66 | 310-307-313 | 930
14# 172 Wofford +68 | 316-305-311 | 932
15# 214 Lamar +88 | 318-322-312 | 952

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After a highly successful decade leading Barry University, Shannon Sykora was named head coach of FGCU women’s golf on June 16, 2022. During his career with Barry, the Buccaneers won the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship, while placing second in 2014 and placing third In 2013 and 2022. He led Sikora Barry to 28 championship wins in his contract as head coach including four victories in the First Division. He has spawned five WGCA All-America First Team picks, nine WGCA Scholar All-Americans, one honorable mention All-American, a 2013 NCAA Division II singles national champion, and the only D-II player to compete in the Augusta Women’s Amateur Opening.

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FGCU teams have joined forces to win an incredible 92 Conference and Championship titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in only 11 seasons of DI post-season eligibility, the Eagles have had 45 combined teams or individuals competing in the NCAA tournaments. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to win on a major sidewalk in an NCAA tournament. Eight FGCU programs have had the top 25 national rankings in their sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022), men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) As four of the latest. In 2016-2017, Green and Blue scored a sixth best in management in the DI-AAA Learfield Managers’ Cup and a top 100 show nationally, ahead of multiple Power-5 and FBS organizations. In 2018-19, the Eagles were ASUN Top Seven and Florida State won the NCAA General Recognition Award for the rate of academic progress in their sport. FGCU collectively achieved a record 3.50 GPA per semester in Fall 2020 and outperformed general undergraduates in 26 consecutive semesters. The past five seasons (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) have seen another milestone achieved with all 15 programs achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the team. The Eagles also served the top 7,200 volunteer hours of all time in 2017 – being recognized as one of two runners-up for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.

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