Dan Sikes – A Florida Great
Dan Sikes, born in the beach town of Florida and raised in the county of Jacksonville was a former professional golfer. He attended college at the University of Florida and represented the Florida Gators Mens Golf at the NCAA Championships for three consecutive years between 1951 and 1953.
He was named as an All American in the year 1952 and created history by becoming the first golfer from the University of Florida to be named as an All American. Sikes was a very competitive player in his time gaining a reputation of being a very aggressive when he took the field but off it, he was a very mild mannered person.
Dan Sikes has had 9 wins as a professional golfer, six of those coming on the PGA Tour and 3 in the Champions Tour. A list of Sikes six PGA Tour wins is as follows:
1963 – Doral CC Open Invitational
1965 – Cleveland Open Invitational
1967 – Jacksonville Open
1967 – Philadelphia Golf Classic
1968 – Florida Citrus Open Invitational
1968 – Minnesota Golf Classic
Sikes might not have had the trophy laden career that he would have liked but he sure made a mark as a high class professional and a real competitive golfer.