Sophomore, Owen Heath playing at the NYU/Manhattanville College Fall Golf Invitational. (Photo courtesy of

by Leanne Labetti

NEWBURGH — From the golf course to the basketball court, Owen Heath, a sophomore and business major at Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC), knows no such thing as down time.

A dedicated Knight from Jamestown, R.I., Heath plays for both MSMC’s Division III golf and basketball teams.

Heath describes his schedule throughout the year as a never ending practice.

MSMC’s golf season starts as early as the first week of the fall semester and lasts until the middle of October. It then starts up again in the middle of March and continues until the end of the spring semester.

While gold season is still in session, Heath begins his basketball practices the first week of October and continues his season until the end of February or the beginning of March, depending on how the season has gone.

Heath devotes four hours of his day to playing golf at the Powelton Club Golf Course in preparation for his weekend golf tournaments. These tournaments can consume up to eight hours of his day.

If that wasn’t already time consuming, when October rolls around, Heath has to budget his time even more carefully in order to continue to play golf while also attending a two hour basketball practice every night from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

With most of his time dedicated toward his athletic career, one may wonder how Heath manages his school work.

“Balancing sports and school definitely isn’t easy,” Heath said. “It takes patience, dedication, and organization to be able to manage all three, especially during the short periods of time when they’re all happening at once.”

Despite the challenges it may bring, Heath doesn’t mind his hectic schedule, and feels blessed to have the opportunity to play the sports he loves while getting a degree.

“Sports and school are both very important to me,” Heath said. “I’m very fortunate to be able to pursue two things I love simultaneously.”