Orange Lutheran senior Luke Holani has great memories of spending time at the driving range with his dad and brother. But he didn’t find his true passion for golf until he entered high school.
“I just got addicted to it, going to the range all the time,” says Holani. “Every time you hit a good shot, you want to come back and do it again.”
As a senior leader for OLu’s varsity squad, Holani shares course knowledge with his younger teammates and sets a good example of what it means to be a Lancer athlete.
“Luke is an exceptional person on and off the golf course,” says OLu boys golf head coach, Darren Kelso. “He has improved his golf game over the years through hard work and perseverance. He is well liked by all of the team and is a true senior leader for all of our players. Luke continually displays our program's pillars of Christian character, integrity and accountability.”
The Lancers recently punched their ticket to the Division 1 CIF-SS playoffs with a win over JSerra. The level of competition the Trinity League brings year in and year out is something Holani will miss, and the sport itself has allowed the three-year varsity player to grow in several areas.
“It’s definitely helped my mental game a lot and helped my integrity,” says Holani of golf. “It’s made me more disciplined.”
Holani is also part of the OLu surf team and did well in league finals earlier this year with a 6th place finish in the bodyboard division. The 18-year old doesn’t stop there, as he also has interests in basketball, off-roading, deep sea fishing and snowboarding.
After graduation next month, Holani will be joining his older brother, Keoni, at SMU where he plans to study economics. He remains inspired by both his brother and his dad because of the way they have remained true to who they are in the face of the challenges.
And while his golf plans include playing recreationally in the future, Holani knows his daily walk with God will set him up for success, wherever the road takes him.
“I’m always talking to God, making sure he’s walking me through all of it, trying to keep me focused and on the right path,” says Holani. “I’ll ask him for guidance, and every time I start straying off, not talking to him as much, I always try to bring it back.”