82R26541 JH-D
  By: Craddick H.R. No. 1972
         WHEREAS, Sylvia Ferdon, head coach of the Baylor University
  women's golf team, is retiring on May 31, 2011, after a notable
  career spanning 17 years; and
         WHEREAS, Coach Ferdon has guided the program since 1994 and
  helped the Lady Bears to attain a new level of prominence as they
  became strong contenders for the Big 12 title and regularly earned a
  spot in the NCAA regional tournament; and
         WHEREAS, A successful player before she entered the coaching
  ranks, Sylvia Ferdon was a member of the golf team at the University
  of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and has been inducted into that school's
  athletic hall of fame; she went on to compete on the Ladies
  Professional Golf Association Tour for five years as well as in
  other professional events, and she took part in the LPGA
  Championship in 1992; in addition to her undergraduate degree, she
  holds a master's degree in education from Tarleton State
  University; and
         WHEREAS, This skilled mentor gained her first experience as a
  coach at the University of Florida, where she was an assistant in
  1973-1974, and at Florida State University, where she served as
  head coach the following year; she has numerous years of experience
  as an instructor and has been a Class A member of the LPGA Teaching
  and Club Professionals Division since 1990; and
         WHEREAS, After being appointed to her position overseeing the
  Baylor women's golf program, Coach Ferdon quickly demonstrated her
  knack for recruiting quality athletes, and her ability to teach and
  inspire led to success on the course; the Lady Bears took part in
  the NCAA regionals in 10 of the past 12 years and received the
  team's first berth in the NCAA Championship in 2004; moreover, the
  squad realized its highest all-time finishes in the Big 12 under her
  direction, with numerous players earning conference honors; in
  recognition of her fine work, she received the Big 12 Coach of the
  Year award in 2000 and 2009; and
         WHEREAS, Coach Ferdon has also created an environment that
  has helped players to excel in their studies; her athletes have been
  named to the Academic All-Big 12 Team 37 times, and the Lady Bears
  received awards from the NCAA Division 1 Academic Performance
  Program in both 2009 and 2010; and
         WHEREAS, Through her knowledge, leadership, and commitment
  to excellence, Sylvia Ferdon has enhanced the stature of the Baylor
  University women's golf program while serving as a role model to
  countless young women; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas
  Legislature hereby honor Sylvia Ferdon on the occasion of her
  retirement as head coach of the Baylor University women's golf team
  and extend to her sincere best wishes for continued happiness; and,
  be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Coach Ferdon as an expression of high regard by the
  Texas House of Representatives.