CRANSTON—It was a tough spring for 2013 Prout graduate Matt Costaregni.
An injury during the winter set him back for the start of the season and just as he had returned to the top of his game another one dashed his hopes of an individual state golf title.
“Collar bone, I broke it skiing,” Costaregni said of the injury that plagued him to start the spring. “Then like a week before states I broke my ankle playing basketball and missed two months from that so I’ve really only been back for a month or so.
“…I would have liked to [play at states] a lot because I was feeling confident in my game going into it and just to have that happen again – another injury – was upsetting but it was nice to make all-state though.”
Costaregni finally got the OK to return to playing in mid July and is now back posting low numbers once again.
“I went back to the doctor’s on the 11th [of July] and a week later I could play golf so like the 18th or so [I started playing again],” he said after his final round Wednesday at Alpine Country Club, the site of the 82nd Rhode Island Open Championship.
“I played in the stroke play, made the cut and then I played another one day tournament after that so this is really like the second big one so far.”
Costaregni posted a very solid 2-over-par 74 on day one – highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 10th – but struggled with the strong winds Wednesday en route to missing the cut.
“I struggled today with an 81,” he said. “I played better yesterday. I made everything inside of five feet yesterday and today I came in with like over 36 putts today I think.”
It may not have been the best round of his career, but for the former Crusaders just playing golf again after the spring he had was nice enough.
“After the injury to get back and be playing pretty good I’m happy with it for the most part,” he said. “I’m playing pretty well going into college in less than a week.”
“I’ve got to get the consistency down a little more with the long ball but I’m hitting my wedges good and I’ve been putting pretty good for the most part. Normally if I get that going I tend to score better.”
Costaregni won’t be taking his talents to South Beach but rather the gulf coast, as he will play for the University of Tampa this fall.
“From the beginning of the college process I just really wanted to go down south and just the warm weather and play golf year round,” he said. “It was close [between Tampa and St. Joes], I loved both schools and they’re really nice and so I just ended going to Tampa for the warm weather.”
After a standout career at Prout as one of the state’s best golfers Costaregni’s game seems poised to go to a new level with the ability to play year-round golf devoid of the harsh New England weather.
“I would like to play for my whole life and try to do something more with it after college,” he said. “I’ll be playing every day, practicing. I feel confident and I think it will be able to improve my game a lot.”