Riana Mission was a star of the Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association, and she continues to make a name for herself at the next level as a San Francisco Dons college golfer. Mission returned to Southern Nevada and won the Clash at Boulder Creek, good for her second career victory.–By Brian Hurlburt. founder, www.lasvegasgolfinsider.com
“I really liked coming back home,” Mission, a junior, said a few moments after the victory. “I’ve grown up here. I feel really comfortable here.”
Mission tied her career best by finishing at 11-under par over the three rounds. She shot 69-67-69 and helped lead her team to a runner-up finish behind Long Beach State.
“My game’s been really solid Coming into the fall, and I felt really good about it,” said Mission, a Clark High alumna. “My very first college round was a personal best, so coming into this tournament I was feeling really good. I hit the shots that I knew I could hit out here. I gave myself so many opportunities, even if not all of them dropped. I just had a lot of fun out here.”
Some of Mission’s career highlights.
- All-WCC Academic First Team – 2022-23
- All-WCC Team – 2022-23 & 2021-22
- WGCA All-American Scholar Team – 2022-23 & 2021-22
- WCC Women’s Golfer of the Month – 2021-22
Mission works with former PGA Tour player Jeff Gallagher at the High Performance Golf Institute at Reflection Bay at Lake Las Vegas. He has always admired her skills and determination.
“Riana is a tough competitor who grinds her way around the course and never quits,” Gallagher said.
Boulder Creek has a strong reputation for hosting major events including several college tournaments plus PGA Tour qualifying events. Karl Larcom, Boulder Creek director of golf, along with the rest of the staff, is always ready to host college players and events.
“The quality of play from top to bottom in college golf right now is very impressive and continues to get better,” Larcom said.
Boulder Creek is a 27-hole facility that is open for public play. To play where the college golfers play, visit the official website for your Boulder Creek tee times.
Special thanks to San Francisco Head Coach Sara Doell for the assist with the interview.
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