James Sykes

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Ju­nior Boys’ Cham­pi­onship in 1951 and was Penn­syl­va­nia Am­a­teur Cham­pion in 1954. His other golf achieve­ments in­clude two vic­to­ries in the pres­ti­gious Pine Val­ley Crump Cup and the club cham­pi­onships at Old York Road, Pine Val­ley, Hunt­ing­don Val­ley, and Bonita Bay.

Dur­ing his ca­reer he overVDw WKH fiUVW FRPSuWHU LPSOH­men­ta­tion for hand­i­cap and tour­na­ment ad­min­is­tra­tion in lo­cal/re­gional golf as­so­ci­a­tions. The three As­so­ci­a­tions re­al­ized sub­stan­tial growth LQ PHPEHUVKLS DQG fiQDQFLDO re­sources while pro­vid­ing ad­di­tional and im­proved ser­vices un­der Sykes’ di­rec­tion.

A ma­jor mile­stone of Sykes’ ten­ure was the cel­e­bra­tion of the Golf As­so­ci­a­tion of Philadel­phia’s Cen­ten­nial in 1997. Spe­cial events in­cluded the kick­off din­ner, a black-tie event that at­tracted some 1,300 golfers to the Philadel­phia Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Other events in­cluded an in­ter­city match with the Metropoli­tan Golf As­so­ci­a­tion and the Found- ers’ Cup, a com­pe­ti­tion at each of the as­so­ci­a­tion’s four found­ing clubs. The Cen­ten­nial Cel­e­bra­tion at­tracted no­table golfers such as then Gov. Tom Ridge and the in­fa­mous Arnold Palmer. Not so no­table golfer Ed Ren­dell also presided over the evening.

Sykes co­or­di­nated with au­thor James W. Fine­gan to pub­lish A Cen­ten­nial Trib­ute to Golf in Philadel­phia, the com­pre­hen­sive 100-year his­tory of golf in Philadel­phia.

On the na­tional scene, Sykes was a mem­ber of the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Golf Ad­min­is­tra­tors since 1975 and was pres­i­dent in 1983. Other mem­ber­ships in­cluded the Club Man­agers As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica and the Golf Course Su­per­in­ten­dents As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica. He was a mem­ber of the Golf Di­gest course-rank­ing panel and the USGA’s nom­i­nat­ing com­mit­tee for 2002.

Locally, he has served on the board of the Mead- ow­brook School and the Coun­cil of Glo­ria Dei Lutheran Church. He was an orig­i­nal board mem­ber of the Philadel­phia Scholastic Golf As­so­ci­a­tion and served two terms on the Board of Gov­er­nors of Hunt­ing­don Val­ley Coun­try Club. Most re­cently, Jim founded Kids on the HLOO, D QRQSUR­fiW WKDW JLYHV in­ner city youth the op­por­tu­nity to learn golf eti­quette, rules, and his­tory. Kids on the Hill is a vi­tal part of ac­tiv­i­ties for Abing­ton and Philadel­phia PAL.

Ser­vices for Jim Sykes will be held Satur­day Oct. 27, 2012, 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 415 East Athens Ave., Ard­more, Pa., with Pas­tor Skip 0FDRwHOO RI­fiFLDWLQJ.

,Q OLHu RI flRwHUV, WKH fam­ily in­vites you to make a gift to Jim’s fa­vorite char­i­ties, The J. Wood Platt Caddy Schol­ar­ship in care of the Golf As­so­ci­a­tion of Philadel­phia, or Kids on the Hill.

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