Penn State commit Ricky Slade excited after earning The Opening invite
Ricky Slade showed up at The Opening Regional Saturday a Penn State commit with a four-star rating.
So, it figured that he’d be a favorite to earn an invite to The Opening in Oregon.
That is, unless, you were Slade himself.
Sure, Slade said, he knew his reputation might push him toward the front of the pack.
But, he said, he’d been to the regional a handful of other times and was well aware of just how rare snaring a ticket to the big event in Oregon was.
So, when he picked up one of the four, post-regional invites to The Opening Saturday, he was, nearly, at a loss for words.
“It’s a once in a lifetime thing,” Slade said. “I don’t even know what to say right now.”
Slade managed to earn his invite despite rolling his right ankle early in the day.
And, the fact that he was able to push through and still reach his goal, had him excited post-event.
“All I can say is, it’s going to be real in Oregon,” he said.