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So long, Ivan

May 23, 2002|By ERIC GALVAN

Sports Writer

MISSION VALLEY — For the last four years, Central Union High School's Ivan Haro made a name as arguably the best high school golfer the Imperial Valley's ever seen.

He dominated local competition on a regular basis, winning the Imperial Valley League's individual title three of the last four years.

On Wednesday, at the CIF San Diego Section Division II individual finals at the Admiral Baker Country Club here, Haro's high school playing career came to an end as he shot a 77 and finished 28th in a field of 80, missing the cut for regionals.


"I thought I had a pretty bad day and I know that I could've made it in the top 10 to go to regionals," said the 17-year-old Haro. "But even though I didn't make it, I'm not disappointed at all. If I would've made it, I would've been happy, but I was just happy to have the opportunity to make it to CIF."

Coincidentally, Haro's high school career had a bit of a story-book ending.

Approaching the final hole, Haro was sitting on a 78. But on the last hole, Haro ended up knocking in a birdie to finish with a 77.

Just like any good player, Haro said he plays up to his competition and plays even better against tougher opponents.

"That's one of the things I like about CIF. The competition in San Diego is really tough and I like playing against guys with really good skills because it just makes me play better," said Haro. "But looking at it, I'm just happy it's all over. To me, I think I did everything I could."

With Haro graduating in June, Central coach Allan Pipkin must now take on the difficult task of finding his ace's replacement.

"He's definitely a step above any of the kids that play in the Valley. He's just the kind of kid that comes around once in a long while," said Pipkin. "All the high schools are really trying to develop their golf programs. So maybe in a few years we'll have a few Ivans instead of just one."

Haro said he plans to attend Cuyamaca College in El Cajon where he will play on the golf squad. After that, he said he hopes to transfer to San Diego State University to play golf.

"I'm happy with the way my high school career has gone and I'm happy with the way it ended," said Haro. "Looking back at it, it's been a helluva four years that I've had."

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