Caparco shines at United States Challenge Cup

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Mike Caparco Jr.’s name is still linked with greatest among his golf peers throughout New England.

The 2015 Johnston High School graduate and Rhode Island College senior-to-be, who was once a standout on the Panthers’ wrestling mat, recently finished in a three-way tie for fourth place in the prestigious United States Challenge Cup that was played a New England Country Club in Bellingham, Mass.

Caparco, a two-time second team All-State wrestler during his undergraduate days on Cherry Hill as well as a member of the JHS golf squad, fired rounds of 72 and 70 respectively during the two-day event that featured some of the top NCAA Division I players in the country as well as those that are ranked among the top amateur talent in New England.

James Imai, who plays out of Brookline, Mass., carded 67 on opening day then shot 72 and finished with a two-day total of 139 – one stroke better than Steve Tasho Jr., 140, of North Easton, Ma. Tim Umphrey of Northboro, Mass. was third overall in 141.

Caparco, meanwhile, shared fourth place honors with Brett Krekorian (Andover) and Ryan Tomaso (Milford) at 142.

Portsmouth’s Mike Calef was the only other Rhode Islander in the top 25 and he finished tired for 13th with a two-day total of 146.

Attleboro’s Davis Chattfield, who won the 2016 Rhode Island Amateur championship, was also among the top talents in the field and finished tied for ninth at 144.

Caparco, who was one over par on Day 1 and 70 on Day 2, to tee off Monday in the prestigious Rhode Island Amateur Golf Tournament that’s being played at Ledgemont Country Club in Seekonk.

The 5’8”, 160-pound former Panther great and current recently completed his junior year at Rhode Island College where he is majoring in marketing. Mike is the son of Michael and Lisa Caparco who live in Johnston. Cutline for submitted photo

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