2022 High School Golf Preview: Southern Division
Our fourth, and second to last division, is the Southern Division. On paper, that division looks like it is going to be quite the battle.
The Southern Division is going to be a three way battle between North Kingstown, South Kingstown and Prout. All three of those teams made the State Championship Tournament last season.
The Rebels return a very veteran team from a 2021 squad that made the State Championship Tournament, but just missed the cut.
South Kingstown will be led by senior James Banks, who in last year’s State Championship posted an 80 on the first day and a 78 on the second day.
He finished 18th in the individual portion of the tournament.
Most recently, Banks finished in a tie for 46th at this past week’s Challenge Cup Championship at Potowomut. He carded an 82 in that one day event.
Joining Banks are a handful of players who have plenty of experience.
Those players include juniors Eison Nee, Cameron Gillette and William Schold.
Nee posted an 87 in last year’s State title tournament, while Gillette and Schold shot 91 and 94 respectively.
This past week, Schold posted at 91 at the Challenge Cup under tough conditions this past week, while Gillette carded a 94.
Ryan and Brendan Bates are two freshman that the Rebels will add to the lineup this year as they look to offer some depth.
Head Coach Gerik Girard and the Rebels will battle to get back to the State Championship this year, but go one step further and make the cut, then compete for a title.
The Skippers made it to the State Championship Tournament last year, but did not make the day two cut.
Like their rivals to the south, North Kingstown returns a veteran roster poised to make another run.
The Skippers will be led by junior Will Owens who greatly improved his game over the offseason.
In last year’s State Championship, Owens posted a 99 in the one round he played.
In this past week’s Challenge Cup, he carded a 74 and finished eighth. Obviously, everyone has good days and bad days, but that’s a pretty impressive jump for Will.
“I know Will Owens is going to be really good, he is one of their better players,” said Hendricken Head Coach Rick Angeli.
Besides Owens, North Kingstown will look to Cameron Joyce, Brayden Dickinson and Matthew Mureddu to lead the way this season.
Dickinson carded a 97 in last year’s State Championship, but just fired an 85 in the Challenge Cup Championship earlier this week.
Mureddu posted an 86 in last year’s State Championship, and also carded an 85 at the Challenge Cup earlier this week.
Joyce finished 94th earlier this week, but will look to contribute to the team this season.
North Kingstown has a veteran squad and is gearing up for another run.
Prout made the State Championship tournament last year, but did not make the day two cut.
They finished just behind South Kingstown and ahead of North Kingstown.
This season, the Crusaders return it’s top three players from a year ago in Andrew DiCarlo, DJ Bruno and Mark Roberts.
DiCarlo posted an 80 on the first day of the tournament to make the cut as an individual, before posting a 95 on the second day.
DiCarlo did not play in the Challenge Cup.
Roberts posted an 81 in last year’s State Championship and he just carded 81 again at the Challenge Cup earlier this week.
The final piece of Prout’s big three is junior DJ Bruno.
Bruno posted an 82 in the State Championship last year and an 87 at the Challenge Cup earlier this week.
The Crusaders also add three freshmen to the roster including Matthew Speltz, Harris Krupp and Caleb Burnett.
Best of the Rest
Coventry – With five seniors, the Oakers are a veteran team coming into this season.
However, they will be led in scoring by two sophomores, Andrew Lavoie and Sam Fuentes.
Lavoie returns to the roster after posting a 91 in last year’s State Championship individual tournament, while Fuentes just carded a 79 in the Challenge Cup earlier this week.
If Coventry can get solid play from some of the seniors, they could be dangerous.
Exeter West Greenwich –
Michael Mahone and Matthew Mears will carry most of the heavy lifting for Exeter West Greenwich this season as two of the veteran leaders on the squad.
EWG did not make the State Championship last year, but those two did as individuals.
Mears posted a 90 and did not make the cut, while Mahone carded a 78 on the first day and an 82 on the second day to finish 20th.
The other teams in the division are Chariho, Westerly and Narragansett.
The assistant coach of Westerly is former basketball star turned golfer Austin Cilley.