Editor’s note: Today we begin a series of articles on our senior athletes who will miss their spring senior sports seasons. This series goes over their first three years as ACHS athletes, what they had hoped for this season and thoughts about COVID-19.
Ian Flahive entered his senior golf season as the odds on favorite to win the South Central Conference individual championship and lead his team to the title. That’s not going to happen with the COVID-19 shutdown of spring sports.
Flahive was Albia’s top golfer a year ago after playing JV as a freshman and being on and off the varsity as a sophomore. “Nobody worked harder than Ian to improve his game,” said Coach Marty Hermsen.
Going into the SCC championship at Edmunson Golf Course in Oskaloosa last season, Albia was a co-favorite with Centerville. But Flahive had a tough first round, shooting a 44. Then he pulled it together, fired a career best one-under par 34 and got his team within a stroke of the title.
His fourth place finish put him on the All-SCC team.
“Frankly, this sucks,” said Flahive about missing his senior season. “It’s really unforunate because we had set some pretty lofty goals as a team. We wanted to see our names on the banners at the high school.”
Flahive came up through Mike Duea’s youth tournament ranks and played virtually every day prior to both his junior and senior years to turn himself into a top high school golfer.
He clicks off teammates David Fisher, Tien Thiravong, Zach Jones, Chase Maddison and Zach Simpson as probably starters for that hoped for SCC title team.
Flahive also played basketball and had a senior year in football. He is 9th in his class of 87 and will head to IHCC for a year before entering engineering school at ISU.
He is the son of Donna Flahive of Albia.