by Nicholas Shafer
FM has a new sports team joining its athletic program and that sport is golf.
Competition for the new men and women’s teams are expected to begin in the fall with the official spring season beginning in 2017.
Kevin Jones, FM’s athletic director, said of the new program, “The area has had some great local gold in the high schools, and the addition would give us a well-rounded offering for students near and far.”
Richard Scott, the owner of Fox Run Golf Club in Johnstown and a PGA professional himself, was named coach of the team. Home matches will also be played at Fox Run course, which is a five minute drive from campus.
Jones said, “Rich has tremendous knowledge and is really well connected to the local golf circuit in high school. He also works with youth golfers in the area.”
“I have a passion for teaching and coaching golf, I thought it would be a great opportunity for myself and the community,” Scott added. “We have some great young golfers in the area that we can couple with recruits from around the country.”
One of those great young golfers is FM’s first commitment to the men’s team Alex Bond, who is now a senior at Broadalbin-Perth High School. Bond has been on Broadalbin’s varsity golf team since he was in seventh grade and held a handicap of 2.
The young golfer remarked, “Rich told me about the school getting the program. It’s a good feeling. Hopefully the program will grow.”
Scott said of Bond, “I am extremely excited to have Alex as our first recruit. I have known Alex and his family for a long time now and know that he will be a great leader and representative of the kind of player we seek.”
Bond has already begun setting goals for himself for the upcoming season. His first is he wants to place medalist in every tournament.
Another question on the mind is who will FM play in the upcoming season, such as other SUNY schools or other colleges in and around the area. Jones noted that many schools already have golf as an athletic sports for their students.
Of the 23 schools in our region, 14 currently offer the sport of golf.
Scott will have some time before the short fall season is upon us to add more players to the men’s and women’s team as well. He is recruiting daily and said they will field a full team by fall of 2016.
Although it will be hard to convince young golfers to come and play for a brand new program, Scott has a plan.
“My main message is that you can start your career here at FM and with hard work in and out of the classroom, you can achieve anything,” he said.