By David Krueger Herald Writer
A captain of the Archbishop Murphy golf team, Goldfinch is what Wildcats head coach Jack Serwold called “a very fine golfer and an even finer person. He’s my No. 1 role model. He’s just a great kid. He works with everybody and tries to improve everybody’s game, as well as his own.” Goldfinch continued his strong junior campaign this weekend, finishing in a tie for 33rd in the Egber’s Invitational this past weekend. The Herald talked to him about golf, his family business, robots and if he’s ever going to have time to see “Iron Man 3.”
Q: How’s the golf season going?
A: It’s been pretty good. It’s kind of my first year where I’m starting to find my game finally, and I’m starting to pull some things together. It’s a good team. We have a lot of good players out there. Everyone kind of pushes each other to get better. It’s really fun.
Q: You’ve got a couple big postseason tournaments you’re golfing in, can you talk about those a little bit? (Editor’s note: this interview was last Thursday.)
A: Well Friday is the Egbers Invitational up at Skagit and that’s against some of the best teams from 1A to 4A (classifications). So it’s a pretty big tournament. I’m looking forward to it. I’ve played in it the last two years so I’m comfortable now playing in it. I’m feeling fairly confident going into it. Just have to play my own game and hit some good shots. There’s a lot of good players out there.
Q: What’s it like with some of the top golfers there? Are you nervous at all?
A: You can’t get too ahead of yourself, that’s for sure. We played a couple good matches, like the Dolan Invitational at Everett, and those were just as good of players as we’re going to play (at the Egbers Invitational). We played Kamiak and Glacier Peak, which both have great teams. Kamiak won (the) 4A state (title) last year. I’m starting to get comfortable playing with good players. I actually really enjoy it. It pushes me to play better. I’m not too nervous anymore. I think my junior year the nerves are starting to go away, which is pretty nice.
Q: You have a golf-themed business right? What do you do there?
A: It’s “Break It Golf”. My dad and I started it and we’re running it together. Basically, we put out a stand that holds glass and you can hit golf balls at it. It’s more for like invitationals or tournaments. We do mostly charity work right now, with some invitationals.
Q: What spawned the idea for that business venture?
A: My dad runs a glass and glazing business, so a bunch of the guys from Everett (Golf and Country Club) said we should bring some windows up and we can hit it at the invitational. It’s been a fun process, working on that a lot. It’s kind of just for fun, in the spring when we have spare time. We mostly do charity events. We did the Frank Sinatra Open in Palm Springs at the start of the year and that was one of our big events which was really fun to do. Now that tournaments are picking up around here, we’ll be more busy in Washington.
Q: What other activities and clubs are you involved in at Archbishop Murphy?
A: Right now our robotics season just kind of closed up. I was our business leader for the robotics team and I was really busy with that for a solid six weeks. I also work with Spanish Club. And then I went to a Guatemala learning experience that was a mission trip for a week in Guatemala.
Q: Wow. What was Guatemala like?
A: It was pretty surreal. You realize a lot of things that you might not really think about or see (back home in the U.S.). It was a totally different experience, a totally different world down there. It was a really good trip. Really worth going. I learned a lot from it.
Q: Did you build anything cool in the robotics club?
A: Yeah. This year our task was to build a robot that could shoot a Frisbee and play in a game of ultimate Frisbee. We were pretty successful. We competed in the Seattle regional and took ninth out of 67 teams I believe. It was a fun time. It’s a lot of work. There were some late nights working to build the robot and finish it. I didn’t really do too much of the building, I did more of the financial part behind it. Making sure everything gets funded. That was my job.
Q: Do you have any fun plans for summer break?
A: The plans are just play golf. Play some tournaments. Hopefully play well. Also the Humpy Run is coming up for fishing so that’ll be a big part of my summer. And I’m moving into Everett. We’re building a house there so that’ll take up lots of my summer.
Q: So you’ve got lots going on then. Will you have time to see “Iron Man 3?”
A: Maybe. I don’t know. I’ve got Egbers Friday, the SAT on Saturday and then Sunday I’m hoping to play a practice round at Snohomish before our league match Monday. That might have to be next weekend.
Q: Between school, golf, building a robot and your business do you have any free time at all to relax?
A: Right when I get home from golf is about it. It’s pretty busy right now since golf season is wrapping up and we have a lot of tournaments. I just have to balance my school work and golf and get some sleep in the spare time I guess.
Q: Anything else you want to add?
A: I just want to say thank you to my coach and my dad and all the guys on the team out there, especially Ben Thacker, Brian Lucas, Quinn Stanley, Luke Bolles for pushing me this year. There’s some tough competition on the team with me. So I just want to say thank you to the people around me. And everyone, especially up at Everett Golf and Country Club for their support.