LOWELL -- Cam Sheedy's two previous journeys into the Lowell City Golf Tournament were filled with frustrations.
The Pepperell resident readily admits that he let poor shots get the best of him and negatively impact his rounds. It was all part of the learning process for a teenager playing in a prestigious annual tournament that boasts a field loaded with experienced high-level golfers.
Now as an 18-year-old "veteran" of The Cities, Sheedy has figured out a way to keep his emotions in check and rely on his talent. And that formula had him in serious contention after the second round of the three-day event.
Sheedy fired a 2-under 70 at Mt. Pleasant Golf Club in the second round of the 2018 Lowell City Tournament and was in the final threesome in the final round at Long Meadow Golf Club.
He was joined in that group by his Vesper Country Club teammates Rich Campiola and George Popp, who both matched Sheedy's 70 for the low round of the day. The defending champion Campiola (74-70-144) is even-par for the tourney and holds a three-shot lead over Sheedy (77-70-147) and Popp (77-70-147).
Sheedy had a front-row seat as Campiola and Popp waged a day-long battle for the trophy, with Campiola emerging with a one-shot victory. Sheedy shot a 78 in the final round and ended up tied for fifth.
"It was about keeping myself calm," said Sheedy, who just graduated from Bishop Guertin High School, after his 2-under par second round. "There were a lot of holes where I could've either lost my cool or gotten too excited.
Sheedy did display some emotion on the 18th. He buried a six-foot birdie putt after an outstanding approach and promptly pumped his arm three times after the ball dropped into the hole. He then gave his caddy an enthusiastic handshake while exiting the green.
Sheedy missed an easy four-foot putt for birdie on the 13th. He also had a bad bogey on the sixth, when he crushed a 10-foot birdie putt five feet past the hole and went on to three-putt. But he didn't let those mistakes beat him down.
"Last two years in The Cities I would've gotten frustrated and followed that up with another bogey," Sheedy said. "The experience definitely helps but what really showed me that I'm able to play in The Cities was the (Vesper) club championship last year. Campiola won The Cities last year and the club championship the year before that, so being able to duke it out with him for 18 holes and then five playoff holes and keep up with him and end up beating him -- that really showed me that I can play with these guys."
Being a defending club champion at Vesper speaks to Sheedy's ability. He'll continue his career at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.