MAKING a big adjustment in a golf game in a big tournament can be a trying experience.
That was the case with Sydney Anderson this week in the AJGA Jeff Overton Championship hosted by Otter Creek. Anderson, who will be a senior at Columbus North, finished 20th in the girls division with a 240 for 54 holes.
“It was kind of a mess,” Anderson said. “I’m going through some swing changes, so I’m trying to play with that while trying to keep my round together.”
Anderson followed back-to-back rounds of 79 with an 82 on Thursday.
“My putting wasn’t very good,” Anderson said. “Everything was a little bit off today. Nothing really clicked.”
Lauren Hartlage of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, finished with a 2-over-par 218 to win the girls divi- sion by one shot over Erin Harper of Dublin, Ohio. Madison’s Amanda Detmer and Tristyn Nowlin of Richmond, Kentucky, tied for third at 220.
“There’s a ton of good players in this tournament,” Anderson said. “It was playing pretty hard this week, and everyone had their bad holes, so I think I did OK. I still have a ton of room to improve before the (State Amateur), which I’m really excited about.”
In the boys division, defending champion Braden Thornberry of Olive Branch, Mississippi, fired a 12-under 204 to win for the second year in a row. Thornberry closed with a 67 on Thursday.
Samuel Foust of Edina, Minnesota, finished five shots back at 209. Avery Schneider of New Albany, Ohio, took third at 211, and Davis Shore of Knoxville, Tennessee, was fourth at 215.
The tournament started with 102 boys and 42 girls on Tuesday. The field was cut in half following Wednesday’s second round.