Updated: May 08, 2020 11:31 PM
Created: May 08, 2020 09:10 PM
VICTOR, N.Y. (WHEC) — Exactly one week ago all high school spring sports in New York state were officially canceled for the season. Hopes of winning a Sectional Title were dashed for thousands of athletes in our area and for the seniors, the chance to chase that trophy one last time was gone without the ability to even compete.
We caught up with one area athlete who's dealing with the loss of competition but making sure to stay sharp at the sport he loves.
On an overcast spring day, this is what has amounted to the high school golf season.
"I kind of knew it was going to happen but it didn't kick in until we heard the news, that was pretty sad to hear," Aiden Spampinato said.
Earlier this month the entire spring sports season was canceled, difficult news for any high school athlete to hear, especially Victor senior Aiden Spampinato. Last year he was the second best individual finisher at the state tournament from Section V.
"Me and the boys were really looking forward to Sectionals this year,” Aiden said. “We thought we'd have a really strong team and a chance to get the block this year."
Instead, it's a season filled with practice for Aiden, not a single tournament on the schedule.
"I don't have anything planned, it's just about improving the game right now, waking up, doing homework, try to exercise in the basement because the gyms are closed," Aiden said.
Even the golf courses are different, the bottom of the holes at the course he plays on are blocked off, but he's one of the fortunate ones.
“I’m very fortunate to be able to have golf courses open so I can practice and improve my game every day,” Aiden said.
Even though his high school career ended early, he will play college golf for Methodist University in the fall.
"I've sat down with my coach and talked about parts of the game, seeing which ones need to improve to shoot lower scores," Aiden said. "As of now, I need to do more practice around the short game area just to sharpen it up."
Staying on top of his game to be his best whenever sports come back. Aiden said that he plans on studying professional golf management in college, he added that he loves the sport and wants golf to be the focus of his career.
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