LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Golf is often more frustrating than fun, but for Riana Mission, a junior at Clark High School, it's a game she has dominated on her road to being ranked second in the state of Nevada. Mission knows golf is a game of accuracy, consistency, and mental toughness.
"A lot of the mental game is also emotional, whether you’re able to control yourself after bad mistakes," said Mission. "I usually shoot around even par. My handicap is a +3 right now," said Mission modestly.
Perhaps the only thing more impressive than Mission's scorecards are her report cards. Her most recent G.P.A. is 4.7, unweighted.
"My favorite subject is biology. I took biology honors in eighth grade and A.P. biology freshman year, so I haven’t really been anywhere with biology in the past couple years, but I’m also pretty good at math," said Mission.
Fresh off of leading the women's golf team to a regional championship for the first time in Clark High School history as a sophomore, Mission is now motivated to be even better as a junior.
"I do kind of put pressure on myself, especially the higher the tournaments is, but I also try to focus on the fact that it’s still a game of golf and that no matter what level you’re at, you have to try and beat par," said Mission.
Mission enters this season ranked second in the state, but she's determined to finish the year ranked first.
"I would love to win the state championship for high school and for my national ranking. I just want to do the best I can this year and maybe get to number one," said Mission.
Mission says her goal is to study something in the field of biology, while also playing golf at a division one college. She says multiple coaches have shown interest, but she hasn't decided yet which college she will attend.