By Nadia Jackson
Senior Rick Lane competed in the state golf tournament, held on October 5th and 6th at the Country Club of Colorado, for the third year during his high school career.
Lane was one of the 84 high schoolers competing at the state level, and the only Bulldog that qualified after the regional tournament.
While Lane admitted to some disappointment in his performance during the tournament, he reflected fondly over the emotional ending to his senior season. As his parents watched and welled with tears, Lane finished his last hole with a 40 foot putt for par.
Lane felt that his performance over the two day tournament was somewhat hindered by his nerves regarding the mountainous course. “Golf is the most mentally taxing sport. Once you get to the state level, it could be anyone’s game because everyone has the technical skills to do well, but it just depends on their mentality that day.”
As a whole, Lane had a successful season, placing well consistently and even winning his first tournament at the East invitational.
His passion for golf sprung from a young age when he began playing with his father, and it continued to grow as he reached the competitive level in 7th grade. Lane credited the impactful friendships he made during his freshman year as one of his main motivators for prioritizing competition from that point on.
Throughout high school Lane’s involvement in golf has gifted him many accomplishments and fond memories.
He is currently considering attending UCCS for their pro golf management program beyond high school, but otherwise is interested in studying marketing or finance at DU, CU Boulder, or similar universities.
While Rick Lane has recognized his accomplishments in golf, FBLA, and overall involvement as a member of Centennial’s student body, he’s found that he’s most proud of that fact that he “will graduate high school knowing I had fun… all the boxes were checked,” a positive mentality Lane holds closely.