Vince Booth swings his way to states


photo courtesy of Vince Booth.

Vince Booth finished the 2019 season with 5.8 handicap.

by Dane Shaw, Reporter

Member of the class of 2020, Vince Booth is a multi-sport student athlete. Vince golfs, swims, plays the guitar and is involved with extracurricular activities. 

During the fall semester,Vince practices after school at PB Dye Golf Club where he works on perfecting his swing. Vince struggles to keep up with his class load, while being a star on the golf team.  

“It has been quite hard to balance my school work with golf. Golf takes a lot of time out of my life. I go from school to practice until 7 then have to come home and finish all my school work and make sure I have studied for tests and quizzes,” said Vince.

Even though it’s a big commitment to play on a team, Vince still has found a love for the sport through his father Jay Booth. 

“My dad has influenced me on playing golf. He has played for years and even played at a college level. My dad and I play all the time and he is the reason I want to do my best and be a part of the game,” says Vince. 

“Having the opportunity to not only watch Vince play, but also participate with him in various tournaments is very gratifying. His commitment to his team and the success he has achieved is a great source of pride,” said Jay, who played golf at Webber College in Babson Park, Florida.

Vince started playing golf a month before his freshman year of high school. Vince’s biggest goal from the start has been to qualify for a state championship. 

This is Vince’s fourth year with the team and it will be the first time he has qualified for states. 

“I’ve had my ups and downs. I was pretty consistent this year but still feel I could have done a better job as I am hard on myself about golf,” Vince says.

Vince has played an important role in the success of this years golf team. Vince has continued to post low scores in key matches such as Frederick County Districts where he scored an 80. After placing third in districts him and the golf team turned their focus on making it to states. Vince and the team accomplished just that. 

“It means so much to me for the team to be going to states. I’ve been working on making states all four years a part of the team and I finally made it my senior year. All my work has finally paid off,” said Vince. 

“I think Linganore as a team has a very good chance at winning states. Anything can happen on any given day. The conditions are going to be hard so it’s possible for anyone. We have the potential to win the state championship.” he predicted.  

Vince is also a member of The Tribe and he competes with the swim team after the golf season is over.  

Vince’s swim coach, Mr. Hawkins says “Vince Joined the team last year, he was a big contributor to the team and he is a great kid. I am looking forward to coaching him again this year.” 

At football games you can find Vince amping up the student section with his closest friends.

“Vince is very charismatic and thinks about others first. Booth is always looking out for the rest of us and always going crazy for the Lancers on Friday nights,” says Luke Goundry, one of Vince’s life long best friend who is also a member of the Tribe.

“I have enjoyed being a Tribe member, it is a lot of fun every Friday to get together with my friends and support our football team through the good, the bad, the hot, and the cold. I like that me and the other members get painted up and we are in charge of the student section and we can go crazy whenever we want,” Vince states. 

Vince also has been learning to play the guitar for the past three years learning his favorite songs and even making his own. 

“I also play the guitar and have been doing that for about three years. I started learning songs that I liked and now I make my own music. During the golf season I haven’t been able to play that much as academics and golf takes up about 80% of my time,” said Vince

After high school Vince plans on majoring in business and finance or studying law at Salisbury University and he also wants to extend his golf career. 

“I plan on either playing club golf or if I get any offers I my take that into my decision, I am just going to have to wait and see what happens,” said Vince. 

Alongside Vince, Payton Smith, Austin May, Matthew Chesebrough, and Ethan Crabb will all be competing in the Maryland State Golf Championship Tuesday October 29.