Dan Sikes


Dan Sikes
Dan Sikes
Personal information
Full name Daniel David Sikes, Jr.
Nickname "The Golfing Lawyer"
Born December 7, 1929(1929-12-07)
Wildwood, Florida
Died December 20, 1987(1987-12-20) (aged 58)
Jacksonville, Florida
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of Florida
Turned professional 1960
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 6
Champions Tour 3
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament 5th: 1965
U.S. Open 10th: 1963
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T3: 1967

Daniel David Sikes, Jr. (December 7, 1929 – December 20, 1987) was an American professional golfer who played on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour. Sikes won nine tournaments as a pro, including six PGA Tour events.

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Early years

Sikes was born in Wildwood, Florida and was raised in Jacksonville. He attended Andrew Jackson High School in Jacksonville.[1]

College career

He attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for the Florida Gators men's golf team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1951 to 1953.[2] He was recognized as an All-American in 1952—the University of Florida's first All-American golfer.[1][3] Sikes graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1953, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great."[4]

Professional career

Although he later earned a law degree from the University of Florida College of Law and was known as the "golfing lawyer," he never actually practiced law. Sikes won the 1958 U.S. Amateur Public Links championship while in law school. He turned professional in 1960 and won six tournaments on the PGA Tour. His career year was 1967, when he won two events, finished one shot off the lead in the PGA Championship and fifth on the final money list.[1] He played on the 1969 Ryder Cup team.

Sikes was instrumental in helping organize the Senior PGA Tour. He won three times in this venue—the first of which came at the rain-shortened Hilton Head Seniors International in 1982 which Sikes and Miller Barber were leading when play was stopped.[1]

Sikes died in Jacksonville at the age of 58. He was posthumously inducted into the Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.[1]

Professional wins (9)

PGA Tour wins (6)

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of Victory Runner-up
1 Mar 24, 1963 Doral C.C. Open Invitational -5 (76-70-67-70=283) 1 stroke United States Sam Snead
2 Jun 13, 1965 Cleveland Open Invitational -12 (68-70-68-66=272) 3 strokes United States Tony Lema
3 Mar 19, 1967 Jacksonville Open -9 (67-69-70-73=279) 1 stroke United States Bill Collins
4 Sep 17, 1967 Philadelphia Golf Classic -12 (71-68-69-68=276) 2 strokes United States George Archer
5 Mar 17, 1968 Florida Citrus Open Invitational -14 (71-67-70-66=274) 1 stroke United States Tom Weiskopf
6 Jul 28, 1968 Minnesota Golf Classic -12 (71-66-71-64=272) 1 stroke United States Ken Still

PGA Tour playoff record (0-2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1962 Houston Classic United States Bobby Nichols, United States Jack Nicklaus Nichols defeated Sikes with eagle on the first extra hole after a 18-hole playoff (Nichols:71, Sikes:71, Nicklaus:75)
2 1973 Byron Nelson Golf Classic United States Lanny Wadkins Lost to par on first extra hole

Senior PGA Tour wins (3)

  • 1982 (1) Hilton Head Seniors International (tie with Miller Barber)
  • 1984 (2) Gatlin Brothers Seniors Golf Classic, United Virginia Bank Seniors

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Athletes of the Century: Dan Sikes". http://jacksonville.com/special/athletes_of_century/stories/32.shtml. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  2. ^ Florida Men's Golf 2011 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 39 & 42 (2010). Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  3. ^ 2008–09 Florida Gators Men's Golf Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 36 (2008). Retrieved July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved May 24, 2010.

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