WILKES-BARRE – Holy Redeemer golfers Mariano Medico and Chase Makowski understood that most high school friendships falter after they leave for college.
Medico and Makowski, best friends and inseparable since meeting in pre-school at the age of three, decided it was imperative to keep the friendship – both on and off the links – living.
Naturally, their decision to choose a college became easier when the same school showed interest in the two of them.
Royal seniors Medico and Makowski will continue their college education and golf careers together. Both made verbal commitments to Division I Monmouth University this week.
“Chase is like my brother,” Medico said. “We do everything together from going out on the weekends to playing golf. It’s really cool that we can have that relationship with somebody. To continue my career with him is going to make us both better golf players.”
The two of them became a couple of the top golfers in both the area and the state. Medico is the reigning District 2 champion and placed fifth at the individual state championships. Makowski was instrumental in moving the team through the PIAA Team Championship Tournament where it finished second to Wyomissing in a sudden death playoff.
“That’s the fabulous thing,” Holy Redeemer coach Art Brunn Jr. said. “Getting one of them is nice but getting two of them is the total package. They feed off each other. A lot of experience is shown when they step on the golf course.”
Makowski said that Monmouth coach Dennis Shea recruited him and mentioned that he needed two players. Makowski referred his teammate, and the Hawks pitched a two-for-one deal to the two of them. The two decided on Monmouth together over the summer while playing at a tournament with current Monmouth golfer Brady Goodling.
“That’s what we wanted to do from the beginning,” Makowski said. “We play well together. It’s only going to get better as we get older.”
For the time being, Medico and Makowski have their mind on one thing – a state championship. Holy Redeemer and Wyomissing went to a tiebreaker after being tied at the conclusion of the PIAA state championship. The Royals lost by two strokes after Wyomissing’s Sam Gallen sank a remarkable 97-foot approach shot to birdie the playoff hole, the par-4 No. 18 hole at Heritage Hills in York.
“To be honest, when I think about school, I replay that shot,” Medico said. “It’s all I think about. It’s something that will never happen again.”
Medico has his sights on redemption for this year. The Royals return all but one player, and, in addition to Medico and Makowski, Holy Redeemer will receive help from Mike Boland, Ryan Crossin, Andrew Crossin and Alex Rowan.
“It gives us motivation and fires us up,” Makowski said. “I think (we’re) maybe a better team than last year. With everyone’s growth over the offseason, we should get it done this year.”