games D. Sykes of AuduJ bon, Pa., formerly of Meadowbrook and BoniJ ta Bay, Fla., died on Oct. O1, O01O, with his family by his side.
gim leaves behind his wife of nearly R0 years, deorJ gia (Sue) Soeff i n g ; children Andy (gaJ net derJ hard), Dana Sykes BresJ lin (gim Breslin); and five adoring grandJ children, Andrew, SumJ ner, games Thomas, darrett and Alyssa. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas Sykes, and his wife, Fran, and their family.
Born on May OT 1934, in Philadelphia, Pa., to tilliam and Lavinia darJ rett Sykes, gim graduated from Cheltenham High School and the UniverJ sity of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a B.S. in business economics. As an oOTC graduate in 19R6, Sykes was comJ missioned as a second lieutenant, United States Air Force. Sykes served three years in the Air Force as a multiJengine pilot and supply officer and was released from active duty in 19R9 as a first lieutenant.
The following 10 years gim served as secretary, Sykes Brothers Inc., manufacturers of woolJ en carpet yarn. He then spent several years as president of a national golf advertising speJ cialty firm before enterJ ing the golf management field.
In 19TR, Sykes was named executive direcJ tor of the dolf AssociaJ tion of Philadelphia. He directed The tomen’s dolf Association of PhilJ adelphia, the PennsylvaJ nia dolf Association and the g. tood Platt Caddie Scholarship Trust since the midJ19T0s until his retirement in O000 to battle cancer.
A skilled player, Sykes was a semifinalist in the 1949 U.S. gunior AmaJ teur Championship, won the Philadelphia gunior Boys’ Championship in 19R1 and was PennsylvaJ nia Amateur Champion in 19R4. His other golf achievements include two victories in the prestigious Pine salley Crump Cup and the club championships at Old vork ooad, Pine salley, Huntingdon salley, and Bonita Bay.
During his career he oversaw the first comJ puter implementation for handicap and tournament administration in localL regional golf associaJ tions. The three AssociaJ tions realized substantial growth in membership and financial resources while providing addiJ tional and improved serJ vices under Sykes’ direcJ tion.
A major milestone of Sykes’ tenure was the celebration of t he dolf Association of PhilaJ delphia’s Centennial in 199T. Special events inJ cluded t he kickoff dinJ ner, a blackJtie event that attracted some 1,300 golfers t o t he PhiladelJ phia Convention Center. Other events included an intercity match with the Metropolitan dolf AsJ sociation and the FoundJ ers’ Cup, a competition at each of the association’s four founding clubs. The Centennial Celebration attracted notable golfers such as t hen dov. Tom oidge and t he i nfamous Arnold Palmer. Not so notable golfer Ed oenJ dell also presided over the evening.
Sykes coordinated with author games t. Finegan to publish A Centennial Tribute to dolf in PhilaJ delphia, the comprehenJ sive 100Jyear history of golf in Philadelphia.
On the national scene, Sykes was a member of the International AssociJ ation of dolf AdministraJ tors since 19TR and was president in 1983. Other memberships included the Club Managers AsJ sociation of America and the dolf Course SuperinJ tendents Association of America. He was a memJ ber of the dolf Digest courseJranking panel and the USdA’s nominating committee for O00O.
Locally, he has served on the board of the Meadowbrook School and the Council of dloJ ria Dei Lutheran Church. He was an original board member of the PhiladelJ phia Scholastic dolf AsJ sociation and served two terms on the Board of dovernors of HuntingJ don salley Country Club. Most recently, gim founded hids on the Hill, a nonprofit that gives inJ ner city youth the opJ portunity to learn golf etiquette, rules, and hisJ tory. hids on the Hill is a vital part of activities for Abington and PhiladelJ phia PAL.
Services for gim Sykes will be held Saturday Oct. OT, O01O, 11W00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 41R East Athens Ave., Ardmore, Pa., with Pastor Skip McDowell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites you to make a gift to gim’s faJ vorite charities, The g. tood Platt Caddy ScholJ arship in care of the dolf Association of PhiladelJ phia, or hids on the Hill.