When Rick Angeli looks back on his inaugural year coaching the Hendricken golf team, Brandon Macedo will be the first player he remembers.
“As a first year coach you come in and you always remember the first group you have,” Angeli said. “Some guys, you choose to forget, and some guys like Brandon, they’ll always kind of be your guy. It was just a joy to even have one year to coach him. He represents everything that’s right about Hendricken.”
Macedo, a senior, was the Hawks’ No. 1 player from start to finish, using his consistency and drive to serve as a leader for the eventual state runners-up.
In his second season in the top spot, Macedo had a 39.4 stroke average and earned second-team All-State honors from the Coaches Association.
He led the Hawks to an undefeated regular season, and his scores – although not his best of the year – counted both days towards Hendricken’s total at the state tournament.
“When we met in the winter for the first time, we stated our goal as winning the state championship,” Macedo said. “That was pretty much what we strived for the whole year. Obviously the undefeated season was a bonus I guess.”
A Cranston West transfer after his freshman year, Macedo became a fixture atop the Hawks’ lineup. He was also instrumental in helping Hendricken beat West twice this season, especially when he fired a 36 the second time the two teams squared off.
“We have a pretty good-spirited rivalry with Cranston West during the regular season,” Macedo said. “I know the coaches over there are trying to get the best of me and I try to get the best of them. It’s definitely the matches I look forward to.”
In the fall, Macedo will attend St. Leo University in Florida and try to walk-on to the team’s Division II golf team.
And Angeli, the first-year head coach who never once had to worry about his top spot, will remember a player who helped lead Hendricken to a second-place finish at states – the team’s highest finish since 2009.
“He is a quintessential leader,” Angeli said. “We couldn’t have a better leader than him. He’s committed to the team and the team’s success. Leadership is one of his great qualities.”