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Groton Resident Wins Mass. Golf Senior Women’s Championship

Lyda Budrys, Golf Senior Women's Champion. Courtesy photo


By Robert Mingolelli
Lyda Budrys, playing out of the Groton Country Club, won the Class E Mass. Golf Senior Women’s Championship at the Renaissance Golf Club in Haverhill, MA.
“My strategy at Renaissance was to hit my targets and stay out of trouble. Luckily, I managed to do just that! Honestly, I had no expectations other than to have fun and gain experience playing on a bigger stage,” she said.
     Lyda won both the low gross and low net (70) on her way to the women’s title.
     “I’ve played in several ladies charity golf tournaments over the last few summers including the GCC senior and club championship tournaments. The 2019 Mass Golf Women’s Amateur Championship was my first 18-hole individual stroke play tournament outside of GCC.
     “I enjoyed playing with new players on an unfamiliar course. I find that energy surrounding a competitive tournament helps me to focus and play better,” she shared.
     Prior to taking up golf, Lyda played league tennis. However, after numerous knee injuries she decided it was time to hang up her tennis racquet and try something new. Her husband had been playing golf for years so she thought it would be fun to give golf a try too. Plus, it was something they could potentially enjoy doing together. She signed up for a golf school getaway in fall 2014 and has been playing regularly ever since.
     In 2015, she joined the GCC Women’s League and started subbing in the Groton Senior Golf League in 2017.
     Lyda, originally from the Chicago area, has lived in Groton since 2006. Her other hobbies include long daily walks in the woods with her dog, hiking and
backpacking the 4,000 footers of New England, and alpine skiing in the winter. She recently became an official member of the AMC Four Thousand Footer Club having climbed all forty- eight 4,000 foot peaks in New Hampshire. Currently, she is working on tagging the remaining 4,000 foot peaks in Maine and Vermont. Lyda also has her eye on doing some extended section hiking on the Appalachian Trail in the near future.
     “I’m grateful to Groton residents Nancy Cappallo, Jane Barrett and Jennette Blanchette who played in the tournament and encouraged me to play as well,” added Lyda.
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