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Former golf All-American Foote ‘97 passes away

Captain and three-year standout led team to pair of NCAA top-10 finishes

July 14, 2014

Former golf All-American Foote ‘97 passes away

Ryan Foote '97

Ryan Foote obituary

Contact: John Hartrick (

VESTAL, N.Y. - Former Binghamton golf captain and All-American Ryan Foote ‘97 has passed away in Huntersville, N.C.

Foote, 40, who played three seasons for Binghamton during the the program’s Division III prominence, succumbed to cancer on Friday. The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Tuesday at James Funeral Home in Huntersville. A funeral mass will follow at 3 p.m. at St. Mark Catholic Church.

Foote worked as a financial planner for TIAA-CREF and previously was a senior financial planning analyst at AXA Equitable for four years.

He is survived by a son and a daughter.

“Ryan fought this terrible disease for several years with great vigor and determination,” former coach John Affleck noted. “As we remember him from his golfing competition days, he was the ultimate scrambler and accomplished athlete.  In life, his attributes were the same. He was a very humble and loving individual. We say goodbye to a dear, kind, considerate and thoughtful friend.  We all are better for knowing Ryan Foote.”

Foote came to Binghamton in 1994 and helped lead the 1994-95 team to a sixth place finish at the NCAA Division III Championship. He earned two medalist honors during the year, capturing the Hartwick Invitational and the BU Collegiate B.C. Open. He also was runnerup at the Williams Invitational and finished third at the Cornell-Colgate Invite. With a scoring average of 78.6, Foote was named a national All-American after being voted the top golfer in the district. 

One year later, Foote and a talented core of teammates made history by winning a school-record eight tournaments during the regular season. The squad then produced another top-10 national finish by placing seventh at the NCAA Championship.

In his senior season, Foote led the team to a half-dozen top-five tournament finishes and another NCAA Championship appearance.

At the year-end Varsity Awards Banquet in 1997, Foote was honored with the athletics department’s Jake Pitler Award, given to the one senior male student-athlete who has shown preeminent leadership and achievement throughout his career.

He graduated from Binghamton’s School of Management in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in business management.

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