GolfNewsRI’s Women’s Players to Watch in 2022

Rhode Island may be the smallest state, but it is full of great golf talent, with more on the way. 

Whether it’s talent that is still playing locally or talent that has taken the next step in their careers, Rhode Island has a lot to be excited about in 2022. 

With the Players to Watch, GolfNewsRI aims to highlight two men’s and two women’s players that could be/will be making moves during the 2022 season. 

And not necessarily the star players. 

So without further ado, here are GolfNewsRI’s Women’s Players to Watch in 2022:

Gianna Papa

Gianna Papa is already an accomplished women’s golfer in Rhode Island. 

She has made deep runs in the Rhode Island Women’s Amateur, and won the 2020 Women’s Junior Amateur at Alpine. 

Gianna Papa

This spring, she begins her first high school golf season at Ponaganset, as GolfNewsRI reported. 

“Can’t wait to start high school and meet the golf coach and my teammates, and also play for a few state titles. Also looking forward to having my sister Vinny as my teammate the following year,” Papa told GolfNewsRI back in May. 

Already a top junior player in the state, and having played in and won many tournaments outside of Rhode Island, it will be fun to watch Papa start her high school career. 

Adrianna Eaton

The sister of current star Kylie Eaton, Adrianna, bursted onto the scene this past summer. 

Adrianna made her statewide debut in 2021, making runs in both the Women’s Amateur, Junior Amateur and Kirkbrae Club Championship. 

Just this past week, she played down in Florida at Doral and finished 12th in her age group, an impressive feat for sure. 

Now in 8th grade at Moses Brown, it will be fun to watch her continue to make runs next year. 

She will be surely be looking to score a victory over her sister. 

Honorable Mentions:

Vinny Papa – She will be a top seed, or one of the top seeds, in most women’s tournaments this year.

Alexis Florio – It is her final semester of college golf at Columbia University.

Jordan Vrees – Over the past year +, Vrees has been working with coach Eric Dantas. This could be the year the work pays off.

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