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Central golfer regains stroke after sub-par junior year

April 16, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

A year ago Central Union High golfer Ivan Haro struggled through mediocrity and was lost in the shuffle of Imperial Valley high school golfers.

During his sophomore year, the 17-year-old had taken the Valley's high school scene by storm as he established himself as the golfer to beat.

But last year, as a junior, Haro had a down year. It was about as bad as it could get for someone used to being the leader of the pack.


Haro, now a senior, is proving this year that his bad season was nothing more than an aberration.

On Wednesday, during an Imperial Valley League meet at the Del Rio Country Club in Brawley, Haro shot a meet low 73 to earn medalist honors, again proving he is indeed the premier high school golfer in the Valley.

"This year I've been concentrating a lot more on my game and just trying to prove to everyone, that my sophomore year wasn't a fluke," said Haro. "Last year, honestly, I really don't know what happened. It was just one of those years, I guess.

"But looking back at it, I think what happened to me last year was good for me. It helped me get more determined about playing," Haro said. "I realized that I just needed to practice a lot more. I mean, look at Tiger Woods. He practices from dusk to dawn and he just won his third Masters."

After his performance Wednesday, Haro followed Thursday with a 2-under-par 34 at the Coronado Country Club as he led Central to a 155-174 victory over Francis Parker.

Haro, one of the team captains, has helped Central become one of the top teams in the Valley as the Spartans sit atop the IVL standings and have compiled 16 wins.

While Haro credits his and his team's success to practicing endlessly, he said one of the main reasons the Spartans have enjoyed good fortune this year is coach Allan Pipkin.

"This is his second year coaching and I think ever since he's been here, he's done a lot for us and has helped us become the team that we are," said Haro.

"With where we're at right now, I think we still have the potential to get even better and be really good, even in CIF. And, by far, we're the best in the Valley."

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