FORT MYERS, Florida. – As the highest ranked amateur in Uruguay, first year of FGCU women’s golf Louisiana Gauthier will be competing with the national team this week at the World Amateur Team Championships August 24-27. The Tournament will take place on the Golf National and Golf de Saint-Nom-la-Bretèche courses in France.
Gauthier was the first signatory of the new head coach Shannon Sykora back in mid-July. The native of Canelones, Uruguay holds one of the highest world amateur golf rankings in program history at 327e currently and has been as high as 301st in the world.
Over the past two years, she has won six tournaments and 18 top 10s among her 21 countable events. She narrowly missed out on a top-10 finish at the Latin American Women’s Amateur Championship last November, where she tied 12e globally.
Playing some of his best golf recently, Gauthier has won four of his six wins over the past seven months.
Starting Wednesday, Gauthier and the Uruguayan team will be part of the 56-nation field that will play for the Espirito Santo Trophy. Gauthier will start at 8:33 a.m. local time in Paris (2:33 a.m. ET).
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After a very successful decade at the helm of Barry University, Shannon Sykora was named head coach of FGCU Women’s Golf on June 16, 2022. During her career with Barry, the Buccaneers won the 2017 NCAA Division II National title, while finishing second in 2014 and finishing third in 2013 and 2022. Sykora led Barry to 28 tournament wins in his decade as head coach, including four Division I tournament wins. He 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 playoff eligibility, the Eagles brought together 45 teams or individuals competing in NCAA championships. In 2022, the men’s golf team became the first program to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. Eight FGCU programs have placed in the top 25 nationally in their respective sports, including women’s basketball (#20, 2021-22), beach volleyball (#20, 2022) and men’s soccer (2018, 2019) and women’s football. (2018) as four of the most recent. In 2016-17, the Vert et Bleu posted the department’s best sixth place finish in the DI-AAA Learfield Directors’ Cup and top 100 nationally, ahead of several Power-5 and FBS institutions. In 2018-19, the Eagles had an ASUN and Florida State’s top seven teams won the NCAA Public Recognition Award for their rate of academic progression in their sport. FGCU also collectively achieved a record 3.50 in-class GPA in the fall 2020 semester and outperformed the general undergraduate college population for 26 consecutive semesters. The last five semesters (Fall 2019 – Spring 2022) saw another milestone reached as all 15 programs achieved a cumulative team average of 3.0 or higher. The Eagles also served an all-time high of 7,200 volunteer hours in 2017 – being recognized as one of two finalists for the inaugural NACDA Community Service Award presented by the Fiesta Bowl.