As Sydney Anderson watched a 6-foot par putt slide past the cup on her final hole Wednesday morning, she let out a sigh of frustration.
It didn’t last long.
Three weeks ago, Anderson, who will be a senior at Columbus North, might have lamented the miss that made the difference between a 78 and an 79 in the second round of the AJGA Jeff Overton Championship hosted by Otter Creek. But thanks to her recent commitment to play at the University of Indianapolis, she knows she doesn’t have to agonize over every shot.
“I don’t have to play for attention now,” Anderson said. “I can play for myself, and I can improve and work on my game for college. I don’t have to play in as many tournaments. It’s more practicing and then doing well in the tournaments I do play in.”
Anderson is doing just fine in the tournament in which she is currently playing. She carded a 79 in Tuesday’s opening round, and her 36-hole 158 puts her in a tie for 11th going into today’s final round.
“I’m kind of changing my swing a little bit right now, so I’m playing with stuff,” Anderson said. “My driver was good. I hit everything good. Just a couple of holes got me.”
A two-time state qualifier, Anderson picked the University of Indianapolis over Indiana State and Evansville and will play for coach Brent Nicoson.
“The coach is amazing,” Anderson said. “He’s watched me since I was probably a sophomore. As soon as I visited, I knew that was my top choice for sure.
“I had a couple of other colleges that were looking at me, but it was a clear choice that UIndy was where I wanted to go,” she said. “The team is going to be really good, and I have a couple of friends going there, so we have a good shot at winning a couple of national championships.”
The Greyhounds finished fifth in the NCAA Division II Tournament this spring. Last year’s schedule included trips to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; Rio Grande, Puerto Rico; Austin, Texas; and Palm Desert, California.
“It will be nice,” said Chris Anderson, her father. “One of the appealing things about University of Indianapolis is they’re Division II, but they recruit Division I players, and they play for a national championship, and their schedule is Florida, Texas, Arizona, Puerto Rico.
“That’s why your Division I golfers go there — because they have a top-class schedule they play,” he said. “It’s going to be close to home, but we’re going to go to Florida and watch them play, and we’re going to go as far as we can.”
Sydney Anderson’s next step, after playing in the Junior PGA Championship and the Indiana Women’s Amateur the next two weeks, will be to lead the North girls golfers as far as she can. Her sister Holly, who will be a sophomore, is the only other returner from the Bull Dogs’ top five from last season.
“I think the team has a fantastic chance of getting to state,” Sydney Anderson said. “My sister just found out she has a broken wrist, but I expect her to be able to play in the No. 2 spot and help us get to state.”
After qualifying as an individual the past two years, Sydney Anderson has lofty goals for herself as an individual this fall.
“My goal is to win state this year, and I definitely think I have a very good chance of doing that,” she said. “So that’s what I’m going to work toward.”
North coach Scott Seavers is looking for another big year from Anderson.
“I’m expecting a lot from her but probably no more than what she expects out of herself,” Seavers said. “She expects a lot of herself, and she prepares for that.
“Now that tennis is over, she’s dedicating quite a few more hours to it,” he said. “She’s not peaking yet, but she’s getting better and better. Usually by the time the season rolls around, she’s ready to go.”