Living without regrets is the best kind of life, but the simple fact is there are some things you can't control that feed into those 'woulda, shoulda, coulda' moments.
For Legacy senior Andrea Hoos, a regional golf championship during the 2015 spring season didn't translate well to the first day of the Class 5A state tournament. And as it turned out, she didn't even get a chance to redeem herself at the Olde Course in Loveland. Weather turned a two-day tournament into a frustrating, one-round championship bout.
There is no doubt in LHS head coach Mark Glen's mind that a different Hoos would have shown up for Round 2 were it played.
"I would have loved to have seen her play a second day, because there's no way she puts two rounds like that back to back," said Glen, whose team is preparing for what could be another excellent season.
Hoos looks back on the state championships now with more team-oriented disappointment than her possible individual finish. She still improved her placing (36th overall) from her sophomore year, and now figures on getting a shot to ride out whatever storms may come her way during the season.
"It was mostly disappointing not just because I wanted to prove it to myself, but at that point as a team we were in position to finish top two schools," said Hoos, who shot even par at the 5A Western Regional to win by four strokes. "I wanted to get a chance to help accomplish a goal we all wanted."
You might not recognize Hoos by her swing anymore, however. There has been a lot of changes over the past year to her game, all in hopes that she remains highly consistent off the tee and in her up-and-down game.
If there is a girl who one figures has it down, it's Hoos — whose family golf background in Colorado is pretty well documented. Her grandfather, George, coached at Fairview for years and she is a daughter and niece to a generation of siblings who have given a lot to the game.
"It's awesome to have plenty of coaches to talk to and work with when I need help," Hoos said. "I had a decent junior year. Real solid overall but I spent the whole summer working hard and changing a lot of things. I feel like I'm at a point where my swing is right where I want it and I'm looking forward to seeing where it takes me. I'm confident now in what I'm playing with."
With Hoos complementing fellow senior Jennifer Hankins, as well as junior Maddy Rodriguez returning with state experience, the Lightning are positioned for a pretty solid team standing once again, if a fourth and yet unknown commodity steps to the forefront.
The Front Range League will be hard enough to win, though. Fairview brings back all four girls from its state team last year, and Monarch and Broomfield each return three of their four.
"We have three kids that will shoot around 85 to low 90s this year, and if we can get one or two of those into the low 80s we'll be sitting pretty again," Glen said. "Andrea's physical game is spot on, and she makes great contact with the ball. We're continuing to work on those times when one shot can cost you two strokes, speaking from a mental standpoint."
And keeping the regrets to a minimum.