by Amanda Dronzek
East Greenwich’s Ryan Marcantonio ranked fifth in the New England High School Golf Championships at Mohegan Sun. On a 50 degree fall afternoon in early November, Marcantonio shot a 75, and became Rhode Island’s highest finisher of the tournament. Tying for fifth place, Marcanotnio finished beside Josiah Hakala of New Hampshire, Alex Elia of Connecticut, and Reilly Fowles of Massachuseets. Normally held in the spring, this year’s championship took place in the fall. A junior in high school, Marcanotnio has been golfing, “since he could walk.”
Maracntionio is frequently found at his home course, Potowomut, in Warwick Rhode Island. He dedicates his success to his coach, Ed Kirby. Marcanotnio is looking to win the Rhode Island Junior Amateure Championship under the Rhode Island Golf Association in the coming year. Marcanotnio sees himself playing golf through college, leaving his future open for what comes his way. In the NE Golf Championship, Marcantonio describes the greens as, “very tricky.” In 25 mph winds and an unfamiliar course, Marcanotnio was still able to shoot an impressive score.
When golf season returns for the high school, Marcantonio’s talents can be exhibited with the East Greenwich High School Golf team, coached by Marc Brocato. This past spring, Brocato’s team placed second in the State Championship, falling just short to Hendricken. EGHS was the only public school to finish in the top 5. On day 1 of the tournament at Warwick Country Club, Marcantonio shot a 76. This upcoming season, he hopes to help his team take home a state title for East Greenwich.