Women’s golf adds FAU transfer Anna Claire Bridge
FORT MYERS, Florida. – Second rising year Anna Claire Bridge (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville HS/FAU) signed with FGCU Women’s Golf Program as announced by Head Coach Shannon Sykora today. Bridge transfers to the FGCU after competing in the FAU last season as a true freshman.
“I am very happy to have Anna Claire join the FGCU golf program,” said Sykora. “She has steadily improved and brings a great work ethic to the team. She will do great things as an Eagle.”
Bridge appeared in four tag team events with the Owls during the 2021-22 campaign and was named to the FAU All-Freshman team. She placed fourth on the team averaging 77.0 over 11 total laps. His best individual result of the season with 33 drawsrd at the Jupiter Women’s Invitational. Additionally, she was honored with the Dean’s List in her freshman year of college and was recognized on the United States Conference Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Prior to attending FAU, Bridge ranked among North Carolina’s top 30 junior golfers in 2019 and made the All-State team highlighting her high school career. She was also one of the top 50 junior golfers in both Carolinas that year.
In 2020, Bridge earned several medal honors as a senior, including one at the 2020 Greater Memphis FCA Tournament, after moving to Tennessee as his father, Jim, joined the Memphis football coaching staff as a offensive line coach. At Collierville High School, she qualified for 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 joined Louisiane Gauthier (Canelones, Uruguay/Colegio Stella Maris) as early signers of the Sykora era. Incoming class for Eagles now stands at four, including early NLI signers Grace Rigby-Walden (Gerrards Cross, England/The Chalfonts Community College) and Leonie Wulfers (Muenster, Germany/Gymnasium Hochrad).
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After a very successful decade at the helm of Barry University, Shannon Sykora was named head coach of FGCU Women’s Golf on June 16, 2022. During her career with Barry, the Buccaneers won the 2017 NCAA Division II National title, while finishing second in 2014 and finishing third in 2013 and 2022. Sykora led Barry to 28 tournament wins in his decade as head coach, including four Division I tournament wins. He 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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