Two Eagles Sit Top 10 After Day One of Lady Paladin Intercollegiate

GREENVILLE, SC – Two FGCU women’s golf individuals reside within the top 10 to complete day one of the Lady Paladin Intercollegiate.

Freshmen Lousiana Gauthier (Uruguay) and Leonie Wulfers (Germany) both carded an opening-round of 71 (-1) at their first-ever collegiate event, currently placing tied for eighth on the player leaderboard.

“We played solid today,” first-year head coach Shannon Sykora said. “The conditions were tough and we were able to finish off the round with a good team score. Having two freshmen shoot under-par like that in their first event was impressive. We need to keep it going the next couple days and hopefully move up the leaderboard.”

Gauthier sank a team-leading six birdies, three on the front-nine and three on the back. Gauthier is one of only seven golfers out of a field of 95 to hold an under-par score on par 3s. Wulfers posted 12 pars and four birdies during her opening round.

As a team, the Eagles currently sit eighth behind a first-round team score of 297, 9-over. The Green and Blue is just four strokes back of third-place and tournament host No. 43. Furman on the team leaderboard. FGCU is also ahead of 10th-place Minnesota and 13th-place (No. 61) Augusta.

Old Dominion leads the pack of 18 programs heading into day two by posting an even team round of 288. Christin Eisenbeiss from North Florida sits atop the individual player leaderboard at 4-under (68).

Round two is scheduled for Saturday with the final 18 holes of competition set for Sunday.

The Eagles are one of only six teams with a combined under-par score on the par 5s.

Q8 Lousiana Gauthier: 71 | -1
Q8 Leonie Wulfers: 71 | -1

T40 Posie Farrelly: 76 | +4
T71 Grace Rigby-Walden: 79 | +7
T78 Anna Claire Bridge: 80 | +8


1 Old Dominion E | 228
2 North Florida +1 | 289
3 Furman +5 | 293
T4 Tulane +6 | 294
T4 UNCW +6 | 294
6 Georgia State +7 | 295
7 Memphis +8 | 296
8 FGCU +9 | 297

9 Coastal Carolina +12 | 300
10 Minnesota +14 | 302
T11 James Madison +15 | 303
T11 BUILD +15 | 303
13 August +16 |304
14 Western Kentucky +17 | 305
15 Stetson +19 | 307
16 USF +20 | 308
17 Daytona St. College +22 | 310
18 Richmond +23 | 311

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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 an 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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