By Marty Simpkins
WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest resident Ryan Macri won the Druh Belts Mid Seasonal Invitational golf tournament for the boys 11-13 age division in Braselton, Ga. June 12.
Macri, 13, played at The Chateau Elan Golf Club’s Woodland course. His score was 80, 71 and 75 over three rounds. He beat out 15 other golfers in his division to win first place.
“I thought the golf course was really challenging,” Macri said. “It was so narrow. They had very nice greens there and I liked it.”
Macri is a part of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour, the largest junior golf tour in the country. They have hosted 275 events in 32 states this year.
“I started playing in tournaments when I was 10 years old,” Macri said. “I love golf and I just kept playing in a lot of tournaments. I won an event in Pinehurst for the Hurricane Junior Golf tour, so I got invited to the event in Braselton.”
Macri has been playing golf since he was 8 years old. He credits his father, Kevin, for his entry into the sport.
“My dad got me into golf,” Macri said. “He gave me a set of clubs when I was 8 years old. He taught me how to swing a golf club. I’ve loved the game ever since. I love the competitiveness and I’m really good at the sport.”
Macri and his family are members of Hasentree Golf Club in Wake Forest. He attends The Franciscan School, a private Catholic school in Raleigh.
Macri will have a busy summer ahead of him. He will compete in the Junior Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) tournament at Coastal Carolina this Saturday and Sunday.
Macri will also compete in the world championships for U.S. Kids Golf for the second year in a row in at the Red, White and Blue Invitational in Pinehurst July 2-3.
After that, Macri will play in the Optimist International, which is a PGA national golf tournament in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. July 20-25.