Athlete of the Week: Spencer Baum

Athlete of the Week

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Spencer Baum did not have to wait long before he got his first golf club.

“I was like two years old when I first started hitting balls. My dad cut down a little club for me, it was probably like two feet long,” said Baum.

It’s not surprising his Dad introduced him to the game.

Mel Baum is a professional golfer that has played in three PGA Open Championships in 1991, 1992, and 1994. He also played in the US Open in 1982. Spencer has learned a lot from him.

“He’s a big influence,” said Spencer. “He’ll take me out on the range after I have a bad day or something and he’ll try to help me improve and then I think about those things while I’m playing the next time and it usually helps me out a lot.”

Now Spencer is having his best year as a Liverpool Warrior. Entering sectionals, the senior is golfing at a 35.33 average which is the Liverpool school record. A record he already broke last season golfing at 36.23. But even with the success, he has even higher goals for himself.

“My goal is to be player of the year this year. If I play pretty good in sectional finals, and finals, I should be able to get that done,” said Baum.

Even with his record setting career, Baum has yet to make the state tournament. He can think of no better way to represent Liverpool and finish out his career.

“I feel like I should be able to make the state team definitely this year and hopefully you know, try to lead section three,” said Baum.

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The Byrne Dairy and Deli NewsChannel 9 Athlete of the Week is designed to honor Section III varsity members who embody the true meaning of student-athlete.

The award recognizes more than just athletic ability, it recognizes a student-athlete who thrives in the classroom, on the athletic field and in the community.

Athletes can be nominated by a coach, athletic director or teacher. Please send your nominations to Sports@LocalSYR.com.