2023 High School Golf Preview: East Division
The East Division had three teams make the State Tournament last year, with Barrington being the only ones to make the cut.
Barrington returns a strong lineup this season and will look to defend their division title.
Will someone else in the division give them a run?
The Eagles ran away with the division last season and ended up finishing fourth in the State Championship with a team score of 70-over par for two days.
“The team looks great for this year. Lots of returning players from last year, and some promising underclassmen. I’m bringing two teams to the Challenge Cup next week, and both teams have a very good chance at qualifying and contending for the team title,” said new head coach Coale Kazounis.
The Eagles will be led by senior captain Cole Vieira and senior Sean Bonneau.
Vieira finished 14th in the State Tournament last season.
As GolfNewsRI reported, Vieira has committed to Assumption to play golf next season.
Bonneau was in the lineup pretty consistently last season and was posting scores around 40.
Barrington also has two younger players who are sure to make noise this season in sophomore Lily Dessel and freshman A.J. Colonna.
Dessel finished second to Olivia Williams in the Girls State Championship last year at Warwick Country Club.
Colonna made a visit to Augusta National two years ago to take part in the Drive, Chip & Putt National Championship.
“Myself and the Eagles are very excited for the season and eager to get started with matches in a few weeks,” added Kazounis.
Portsmouth made the State Championship Tournament last season and they return their top two players from that team this year.
Joseph Nardolillo and Vincent Milici will lead the way for Patriots this year in an effort to get back to the State Tournament.
Nardolillo carded an 83 in the State Tournament, while during the regular season, the was consistently in the low to mid-40s for nine holes.
For Milici, he was mostly in the 50s for nine holes during the regular season, before carding an 89 in the State Tournament.
They will also welcome back Kyle Bielawa back to the lineup.
Portsmouth will also look for contributions from freshmen Luke Harkins, Luke West and Lula Woods.
Best of the Rest
Middletown – Middletown finished second in the division last season and made it to the State Tournament.
This season, they carry a young squad with just two seniors, two juniors and a slew of freshman and sophomore’s.
The Islanders will be led by senior Max Nasser, who played a key role in helping Middletown get to the dance.
East Providence – East Providence finished fifth in the division last season and lost star player Michael Wetmore to graduation.
This season for the Townies, senior Marcus Bostic and junior Nathan Tavares, both of whom saw some time last season.
East Providence will also welcome in three freshmen in Jacob Grilo, Nathan Carter and Noah Araujo.
The other two teams in the division are St. Mary Academy – Bay View, Rogers, Tiverton and Mount Hope.