James Sykes

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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.

James Sykes

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