After claiming the state championship back in 2017, the Hawks came up short of their goal in 2018 as they finished runner up to Moses Brown at Cranston Country Club.
The Hawks return the large majority of their core from last season, but graduated their top player in Colin Sutyla, who won the 2018 individual state championship and is now playing Division I golf at Iona College in New York.
“They are motivated, particularly the seniors. They were part of that state championship team in 2017 and they want to get back,” said Hendricken coach Rick Angeli.
The Hawks have claimed wins over Pilgrim and Toll Gate to this point, but fell to state powerhouse East Greenwich in a try match last week. Despite the early loss, Angeli is optimistic about his club in the early going this season.
“We took one on the chin, and I think a little bit of it was that it was early in the season, but overall East Greenwich just played better than we did. We figured that they would be art top competition going into the year,” said Angeli. “We have some work to do, we are capable. We are a little young still, but they are working hard. We just need to see where we are at and take it from there.”
The Hawks have a blend of upperclassmen as well as underclassmen expected to make strides this year and steer the ship.
“We have four guys that competed in the state championship last year. Sophomore Harry Grimes is filling in the 5 spot. Jack Georgeu who is a senior and our captain should have a big season. Justin Richard is an important piece to what we do, Jared Lind is capable and Alex Baldino is in our 6 spot,” said Angeli.
All eyes will be on sophomore Ricky Angeli, a sophomore standout that projects to take over the top spot that Sutyla left behind.
“Losing a guy like Colin, those are not easy shoes to fill. We have a guy in Ricky Angeli that we feel can do that,” said Angeli. “He will be one of the better players in the state and compete for an individual state championship. We are asking him to carry the load as a sophomore, and I think he will step up to the challenge.”
With a short golf season, Coach Angeli hopes to see the Hawks continue to work hard, do the little things, and come together in time for the big matches down the stretch in May.
“We will see how things play out, we are just trying to build consistency,” said Angeli. “We have six weeks until the state championship to figure it out. We need to be tournament ready, we need to be tough, and those are the things that we are working on. "