Nick Rumsey enjoys surprising finish to sophomore golf season

Nick Rumsey of Niskayuna tees off at the first during Section 2 golf action at Orchard Creek Golf Course on Thursday October 15, 2015. (MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Nick Rumsey of Niskayuna tees off at the first during Section 2 golf action at Orchard Creek Golf Course on Thursday October 15, 2015. (MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY MICHAEL KELLY
Gazette Sportswriter

ALTAMONT — He had hoped for a better finish to his stay at the Section II golf state qualifier, but Niskayuna’s Nick Rumsey could hardly complain with his final round.

After all, he had made it to the final day of the Section II fall season — as a sophomore with no postseason experience before this year.

Rumsey finished 20th at the two-day state qualifier at Orchard Creek Golf Club, which was conducted Oct. 13 and 15. Between 36 holes of golf at the par-71 course, Rumsey shot rounds of 76 and 92.

Nick Rumsey of Niskayuna tees off at the first during Section 2 golf action at Orchard Creek Golf Course on Thursday October 15, 2015. (MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Nick Rumsey of Niskayuna tees off at the first during Section 2 golf action at Orchard Creek Golf Course on Thursday October 15, 2015. (MARC SCHULTZ/GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

Rumsey was the lone Niskayuna golfer to advance to the state qualifier, and golfed well enough with his first round to make the cut for the second day.

Forty-seven golfers started the tournament, while only 20 finished it. Nine golfers qualified for next June’s state championships, plus two alternates, from the tournament.

Rumsey had entered the Section II golf postseason as the No. 3 golfer for Niskayuna. With his postseason rounds, though, Niskayuna head coach Ben Smith said Rumsey finished with the team’s best average.

Your Niskayuna caught up with Rumsey after his final round.

Q: Before this season started, did you imagine you’d end your season at the state qualifier?

A: I didn’t expect to be here; last year, I didn’t even make it to sectionals. To be here with all these guys, it was a great experience. Everyone was so nice and nobody was ever rooting against you.

Q: Most golfers seemed to find the course tougher for the second round of the qualifier. Why was that?

A: The course was definitely playing longer. The wind was a big factor, and pins were in tough places … so you definitely were playing different clubs than you’d normally play.

Q: Will you get the chance to golf again this year on  your own?

A: I’ll be out some more. I’ll play with my uncle, some friends, guys from the team. This [the state qualifier] was a learning experience for me, and I’m definitely going to come back next year hoping to make it further.

Q: So, this experience leaves you hungry for more?

A: It definitely did. There wasn’t a lot of pressure on me this year since I was a sophomore and have a lot more time left with high school golf. But, next year, I’ve got to get back here — and hopefully we’ll have more guys make it, too.

 

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.