Bedford golfer helps American university team to US National Championships

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US Collegiate golfer, Finlay Cummings celebrates after helping his team reach the US National Championships
Finlay Cummings helps his College team to the US National Championships Image: Harding State University

Bedford has a great reputation for helping to produce some excellent prospects in the world of golf, and another young man making a name for himself Stateside is former Bedford School student, Finlay Cummings.

As part of the fiercely competitive US collegiate golf system, Finlay attends Harding University in Arkansas and his second round 71 helped his team qualify for the second division of the NCAA US National Championships, beginning on 21st May in Florida.

The par-70, 6,944 yard Kickingbird Golf Course in Oklahoma was the location for the tense qualifying tournament where Finlay’s team faced off against other Central and Midwest regional colleges for a spot in the Nationals.

Harding beat Grand Valley into third by one shot over the course of the week with Henderson State ahead of them in 2nd while Central Oklahoma claimed the regional trophy on their home course.

Nicknamed ‘The Bisons’, Harding now progress to the National Championships for a second consecutive season, with Cummings sure to be on the team, after his one-over 71 on the second day contributing to the overall score.

From Woburn to Florida

Cummings, who has top 10 finishes in the world famous amateur Faldo Series, named after the six-time Major winning champion, Nick Faldo is also a Junior Club Champion at Woburn as well as winning numerous county championships in the UK.

Alongside majoring in International Business in Arkansas, the US National stage awaits this week as Finlay looks to contribute to Harding’s best ever finish, as well as being awarded the Distinguished Scholar Athlete award by the Great American Conference.

Finlay Cummings is alongside a tournament official as he becomes county champion in May 2021 while captain of Bedford School
Finlay Cummings with one of his many County Championship trophies from 2021 Image: Bedford School

Cummings has also been working with Sam Roberts, who many may know as the voice of Goldington Road, with Roberts particularly complimentary on Finlay’s mindset in fighting back from a tough year.

Writing on LinkedIn, Sam commented, “This season has been tough for him. Affected by injury, family bereavement and indifferent form, we had a number of sessions around mindset and performance.”

“His other team members had created an opportunity to qualify for Florida on that first day, but on the second, another of the team buckled under the pressure and turned to Fin.

“Showing real grit and determination, he carded an awesome 71 and propelled his university to qualify.

“He has shown such maturity when discussing his game and where his mind is at and is a delight to work with.”

The US National Championships began on 21st May at the Orange County National Golf Center in Florida and you can follow Finlay’s progress with his Harding University team here.