John Gabianelli, The Galloway School, senior
John Gabianelli, The Galloway School, senior

It is hard to downplay John Gabianelli’s success in high school as an athlete.

He’s has been a member of the Galloway baseball team, varsity basketball team, and varsity golf team.

Although he enjoys playing a variety of sports, he said, “golf is my favorite when I’m playing well.”

And he has the honors to show that he often plays well. He’s been crowned champion of the 2013 Atlanta Junior Masters golf tournament, champion of the high school regional golf tournament and two-time Bobby Jones award winner at Cherokee Country Club.

In comparison to other plays, golf moves at a slower pace, he said, and requires more concentration.

Also, the game has various components that John finds are relatable to events in life. “You have to overcome mental issues and obstacles that can handicap your life as well,” he said.

John’s golf skills provided him with an outstanding opportunity this past summer. He was captain of a team that traveled to England for the Colonial Cup, a Ryder Cup-style golf tournament.

John’s friend, Marist School senior Will Kesterton, was a member of the team. John attributes some of his success to Will, saying he provided a “good friendly competition” when the two play golf together.

John also attributes some of his success to his coaches, notably Josh Burr, the former assistant athletic director at Galloway and the assistant varsity boys basketball coach and head varsity boys golf coach.

Burr, who has known John since he was in the sixth grade and coached him since ninth grade, calls him “a coach’s dream, for sure.”

“He comes ready to work and has a great attitude,” said Burr, who now works as athletics director at The Howard School. Burr said the young athlete’s best assets were his “personality, his people skill and ability to lead others.”

What’s next?

John has applied to many colleges, including Dartmouth University. He is considering trying to play competitive golf at whichever school he chooses.

–This article was prepared by Ane Wanliss, a student at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School.