By Greg Gulas
With the early, national letter-of-intent signing period officially underway, Canfield High golfer Dom Carano took advantage on the first day by making his commitment to Youngstown State official on Wednesday at the Cardinals’ gymnasium.
His decision came down to the Penguins, Ashland University and the University of Tampa with YSU winning out because of its business school.
“I am both lucky and fortunate in that I was able to choose between three excellent golf programs and academic institutions. I am really humbled by this experience as it truly was a really tough decision for me,” Carano said. “All three schools had fantastic economic programs but to me, YSU’s Business School was head and shoulders above the rest. Not choosing YSU would have been the wrong decision.”
A four-year letterwinner for the Cardinals, Carano was medalist at this year’s sectionals (72), also earning medalist honors at the Canfield Invitational (73) and Western Reserve Invitational (71).
He placed runner-up at the JFK Invitational (72) as well.
Carano also was a 2012 Vindicator Greatest Golfer of the Valley champion.
“He’s a phenomenal golfer and team leader who has a really great work ethic. Dom’s a grinder, practices non-stop and served as our captain this past year,” Cardinals coach John Metzinger said. “His swing might seem a little unorthodox, yet at impact he is square with his target and consistently hits good shots.”
Carano posted as 36.3 average per nine holes and helped the Cardinals to the All-American Conference, Upper Tier co-championship (they tied with Poland) this past year.
He was a first-team All-Northeast Ohio and All-American Conference selection during both junior and senior campaigns, qualifying for district play both seasons.
As a junior he missed qualifying for the state by two shots while this past season, fell three shots short of a trip to Columbus.
“YSU is getting a player who will give you a consistent 69-72 score on a weekly basis. He’s the type of player who should make an immediate impact as a freshman,” Metzinger said. “He could have played for the Penguins as a junior in high school and he has that much more confidence now. He’s been a model of consistency for us the past two years and in my eyes will only continue to get better.”
Under Coach Tony Joy, who heads into his 31st season at the helm, YSU finished sixth out of seven teams at last year’s Horizon League Tournament while sophomore Bill Gaffney qualified for the New York State Golf Association Men’s Amateur and another sophomore, D.J. Holub, has qualified for two of the past three U.S. Amateur Public Links Tournaments.
“Tony Joy is an excellent coach with a winning attitude; an attitude that rubs off on all of his players and I like that,” Carano said. “I am looking forward to playing against some of the top college teams and best golfers in the country.”