Central Valley’s Riley Hadley missed a golf practice recently, but he had a cool excuse.
He was flying a Piper Cherokee 140-horsepower, four-seat plane from Spokane to Moses Lake. Hadley caught the piloting bug after flying with a friend’s father last April. By May, he had started accumulating the 40 hours required to earn a pilot’s license.
“Hopefully I’ll have it in about three weeks,” said Hadley, who has logged 37 hours. “I’m hoping to become a commercial airline pilot.”
Hadley’s next step toward that goal will be the aviation program at Big Bend Community College in Moses Lake.
The senior has been one of the top players in the Greater Spokane League throughout his career. Hadley shot between 70 and 74 in four GSL regular-season matches.
Hadley shared third place with teammate Tyler Jackson and Lewis and Clark’s Logan Damon at the District 8 Tournament last week at MeadowWood, arriving at the course about five minutes before his tee time Tuesday after taking an AP test.
“Just a quality kid,” CV coach Steve Rasmussen said of Hadley, the team captain.
The 4A state tournament Tuesday and Wednesday at Qualchan will be the final event of Hadley’s prep career.
“Flying, it’s just something that I could see doing in the future,” said Hadley, who has decided not to pursue college golf. “Golf is one of those things where you grow up as a kid, you say you want to be like Tiger Woods, but I guess I just wasn’t like that. I saw there are other things out there I could do.”
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