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Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
Louise Sheridan now a six time champion
by Randy Pascal

Louise Sheridan sure doesn't cut herself much slack.

Despite capturing the Idylwylde Ladies Invitational for the second consecutive time, and the sixth occasion overall in her career, the local golfer was not necessarily thrilled with her game that produced a single stroke victory.

"I did a lot of three putting today, I was a little too agressive on the greens," said Sheridan. "I'm not happy with my game, but I'm not overly disappointed." Thankfully, the foursome with which she golfed provided some levity along the way, allowing the winningest golfer in tournament history to still make the best of her day.

"I had a blast," conceded Sheridan. "My group was good, they were relaxing. It's nice for me to play with someone more relaxed." While her winning score of 84 might have been a few shots higher than she would have liked, Sheridan did acknowledge that the course itself may have factored into the equation.

"The course is amazing, Jay (Sisko) has done a great job with the course," she said. "It was fast, it was fair. We had easy holes and difficult holes. It was a good test." That was a sentiment echoed by 2015 tournament champion Lynne Beaudry, tied for fifth on Tuesday, five shots back of Sheridan.

"The course is in fantastic shape, the best shape I have ever seen it," she said. "The greens were fast, really, really fast, and the pin placements were tough. I shot a little higher than what I expected."

While many of the names at the top of the leaderboard have been mainstays for at least a few years now, the group was sprinkled with the occasional relative newcomer, including 20 year old Sydney Lia from Timmins.

Having just completed her freshman season on a golf scholarship at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, the second place finisher was playing the tournament for just the second time, having learned from her experience of one year ago.

"I didn't adjust my game, but I was definitely selective with my club choice," said Lia, after carding an 85. "Off the tee, a lot of the time, you don't have to be long, but you do have to place your shots in order to have a good approach to the green."

"I didn't take out my driver too often. I didn't want to get in trouble." Though her rookie season with the Royals was marred by the theft of her customized clubs as she was returning home at Christmas, Lia could not be too upset with the overall assessment of her first year away from home.

"I played really well in my fall season, playing in three of our four tournaments," she said. "I was really happy about that. My approach shots have gotten a lot better, being confident with my irons and knowing I can attack the pins. Also, my short game has improved."

"Chipping is a really big part of my game," Lia continued. "It's important for me to be able to make up and downs if I do get into trouble." Lia will return home this weekend to compete in an event at Spruce Needles, joining Iroquois Falls' native Shelby Madden, who has now completed her studies at Dixie State University in St George, Utah.

Following are the top finishers and scores from the 2017 Idylwylde Ladies Invitational:

1st - Louise Sheridan - 84
2nd - Sydney Lia - 85
3rd - Fitri Battha - 86
4th - Jennie Gauthier - 88
5th - Lynne Beaudry - 89
5th - Fran Elliott - 89

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