RCHS golfer wins twice
Rock Canyon High School (RCHS) senior Charlie Tucker took home a double win from the 5A Boys Golf State Championship in Fort Collins in October. The RCHS boys varsity golf team won the state championship and Tucker won the individual title.
The 18-year-old has been serious about golf since he was 10, when he got his first hole-in-one. Always very active and passionate about sports, Tucker was playing on traveling baseball and hockey teams at the time. After the fateful day on the links, he gave up baseball to focus on golf instead, with a goal of participating in junior golf tournaments.
Tucker played in national tournaments of the Colorado PGA Junior Golf, Colorado Golf Association, and American Junior Golf Association and in a variety of other national tournaments all across the country during the winter.
The Ridge at Castle Pines is one of his favorite courses to play, partly because he is on it so much. Tucker literally golfs every day, all year long. When most courses are closed during the winter, Tucker heads to Family Sports Center’s covered range.
Tucker was thrilled to win both the team and individual state championships, especially after competing in the state tourney as a freshman but falling short the last two years. Getting back to the state level tourney has been a goal for him since his freshman year.
“It was a bit of a relief after he won, knowing that all the time and hard work had paid off,” said his mom, Jen.
RCHS has the largest boys golf team in the state with up to 36 players between the three team levels: c-Team, junior varsity and varsity. This season, 65 boys tried out.
“Only four golfers play in a team for tournaments. The top three scores from each team are taken for the final team score,” explained Jen. All of the RCHS boys golf teams practice at The Links, Lone Tree Golf Club and University of Denver Golf Club at Highlands Ranch.
The Tucker family has lived in Tapestry Hills for nearly a quarter century; it is the only home Charlie has known. He attended American Academy before continuing on to RCHS. In his spare time, Tucker enjoys playing various sports, camping and traveling. He continues to play hockey for the Littleton Hawks and is an Eagle Scout.
Tucker recently signed a letter of intent to play Division 1 golf. Next year, he will be heading a bit north to study business at Colorado State University and play golf as a Ram.
By Celeste McNeil; photos courtesy of Jen Tucker