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Women’s Golf Adds FAU Transfer Anna Claire Bridge

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Rising Sophomore Anna Claire Bridge (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS/FAU) has signed with the FGCU women’s golf program as announced by head coach shannon sykora today. Bridge transfers to FGCU after competing at FAU last season as a true freshman.

“I’m very excited for Anna Claire to join the FGCU golf program,” said Sykora. “She has been steadily improving and brings a great work ethic to the team. She will do great things as an Eagle.”

Bridge competed in four team events with the Owls during the 2021-22 campaign and was named to the FAU All-Freshman Team. She ranked fourth on the squad with a 77.0 scoring average through 11 total rounds. Her best individual finish on the season with tied for 33dr at the Jupiter Women’s Invitational. Additionally, she was a Dean’s List honoree in her first year of college and earned recognition on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

Prior to attending FAU, Bridge ranked among the top-30 junior golfers in North Carolina in 2019 and made the All-State team highlighting her high school career. She was also one of the top-50 junior golfers across both Carolinas that year.

In 2020, Bridge earned multiple medalist honors as a senior, including one at the 2020 Greater Memphis FCA Tournament, after moving to Tennessee as her father, Jim, joined the Memphis football coaching staff as the offensive line coach. At Collierville High School, she qualified for the district, regional, and state tournaments. She was a finalist for the Daily Memphian Girls Golfer of the Year. Additionally, she was selected to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Golf Team.

Bridge joins Lousiane Gauthier (Canelones, Uruguay/Stella Maris School) as the first signees of the Sykora era. The incoming class for the Eagles now stands at four including early NLI signees Grace Rigby-Walden (Gerrards Cross, England/The Chalfonts Community College) and Leonie Wulfers (Muenster, Germany/Gymnasium Hochrad).

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COACH SYKORA

After a highly successful decade leading Barry University, shannon sykora was named the FGCU women’s golf head coach on June 16, 2022. During his career with Barry, the Buccaneers won the 2017 NCAA Division II National Title, while finishing runner-up in 2014 and placing third in 2013 and 2022. Sykora led Barry to 28 tournament wins in his decade as head coach including four Division I tournament victories. He has produced five WGCA All-America First Team selections, nine WGCA Scholar All-Americans, one honorable mention All-American, the 2013 NCAA Division II Individual National Champion, and the only D-II player to compete in the inaugural Augusta Women’s Amateur .

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FGCU teams have combined to win an incredible 92 conference regular season and tournament titles in just 15 seasons at the Division I level. Additionally, in just 11 seasons of DI postseason eligibility, the Eagles have had a combined 45 teams or individuals compete in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to earn at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have earned a top-25 national ranking in their respective sport – including women’s basketball (No. 20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (No. 20, 2022) and both men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s soccer (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Green and Blue posted a department-best sixth-place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top-100 showing nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and state of Florida best seven teams earn the NCAA’s Public Recognition Award for their Academic Progress Rate in their sport. FGCU also collectively earned a record 3.50 GPA in the classroom in the fall 2020 semester and has outperformed the general University undergraduate population for 26 consecutive semesters. The past five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a 3.0-or-higher cumulative team GPA. The Eagles also served an all-time high 7,200 volunteer hours 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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