30 Apr '17, 2pm

If you have been around college golf very long you are sure to have a Richard Sykes' story...

If you have been around college golf very long you are sure to have a Richard Sykes' story...

Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the April 24, 2017 digital edition of Golfweek Magazine. Richard Sykes came to N.C. State in 1962 to run track, took the job of men’s golf coach and never left. The one thing Sykes learned to do faster than run the 100-yard dash: dish out one-liners. “Oh god, every trip was a comedy,” said former player Bowen Sargent, now men’s coach at Virginia. Like the time a 38-year-old Sykes raced a former player down the hall at the Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst and got to running so fast he put his hand through a wall. The adjoining room was occupied by Texas players. Sykes told that story recently to a group of well-wishers gathered in Reynolds Coliseum to celebrate his 46 years as men’s coach at N.C. State. The 72-year-old Sykes, one of the game’s great characters, will lead his team into the NCAA postseason one last time before stepp...

Full article: http://golfweek.com/2017/04/30/college-men-north-carolina...

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