EDITORIAL: Shift Your Focus to the Most Fascinating HS Golf Season in Recent Memory

Another high school golf season is just days away from getting started and the excitement among players, coaches and even a certain media outlet (us), is truly palpable. 

I am no Rhode Island High School golf historian, but coaches Rick Angeli (Hendricken) and Shane Drury (Wheeler) agreed with me when I said this might be one of the most fascinating high school golf seasons in recent memory.  

Perhaps since Will Dickson was going for and won four straight State Titles in 2017? 

PHOTO: Chris Urbanowicz/Flickr Commons


On paper, there are four to five teams that have a legitimate chance to win the State Championship this year.

There are two to three other teams that could make things interesting come State Championship time at Cranston Country Club. 

There are star players everywhere. 

Of course, Max Jackson will get a lot of the attention as he continues his run through junior golf… 

“Max is a cut above everybody else,” Drury told me. 

But, you would be making a mistake if you forget about Moses Brown senior Harry Dessel and junior Kylie Eaton.

Harry Dessel PHOTO: Joe Calabro

La Salle adds freshman Olivia Williams, who is coming off a runner up appearance at last year’s RI Junior Amateur.

Meanwhile, 2020 RI Junior Amateur champ Gianna Papa seeks to help put Ponaganset golf on the map in her freshman year of high school. 

Gianna Papa

Not to mention East Providence senior Michael Wetmore, Hendricken juniors Brady Williams and Andrew Chadwick and Barrington junior Cole Vieira, among others. 

Excited yet? 

Over the course of the next few days (including today, Wednesday 4-20-2022), GolfNewsRI will publish an in depth preview of each division, highlighting the top teams and players, as well as, a best of the rest section. 

Throughout the season, GolfNewsRI will post match scores as soon as we get them, feature stories and feature matches, and whatever else we can come up with along the way. 

So sit back and shift your attention to high school golf, you don’t want to miss it… 

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