Indovina presses on

Former OCC golfer, 28, has stuck with game, will play in U.S. Amateur Aug. 23-29.

August 17, 2010
  • Ryan Indovina is a former Orange Coast College golfer who will compete in the U.S. Amateur Championship Aug. 23-29. Indovina, 29, is now an upcoming senior at Cal State Dominguez Hills.
Ryan Indovina is a former Orange Coast College golfer… (DON LEACH, Daily…)

Ryan Indovina doesn't care for yesterday. He yearns for what could be.

It doesn't seem to bother him that he's a 28-year-old incoming senior at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

He doesn't want to stop short of his goals. He doesn't want to stop playing golf.

The former Orange Coast College golfer could maybe stop and think what could've been. He had earned a roster spot to play on the basketball team at Illinois for Coach Bill Self. But he doesn't want to think about what-ifs, only what could be.

"I'm a little old to play Division II golf, but I love it," said Indovina, who received honorable mention in NCAA Division II PING All-American voting last season. "Why not do something I love? I can play golf and have a degree when I'm done. I want to own my own company some day. Golf is just going to be a release in my life. That's what I use it for, as therapy."


Recently, Indovina has had some good therapy. He hopes to have more when he competes in the U.S. Amateur Championship Aug. 23 through 29 at Chambers Bay in University Place, Wash.

Stewart Hagestad, a Newport Beach resident, will also be in the field. He qualified out of Big Canyon Country Club.

Indovina won the qualifier at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga on July 26.

"It's the opportunity of a lifetime and what all the hard work is for," Indovina said. "This is the No. 1 amateur tournament in the world and just to have a chance to play there and compete is an accomplishment in itself, but I'm going to go for it and see what happens."

It seems Indovina has always been known to go for it.

He grew up in Chicago and played basketball at a community college, Harper College in Palatine, Ill. Later he earned a roster spot on Self's team. But as a walk-on, he did not receive scholarship help. So he left the team, left Chicago and headed to California.

Indovina said he wasted some time by going to golf school in Temecula. He then moved to Laguna Beach, where he waited tables and played golf.

One day, he was hitting balls at Costa Mesa Country Club, where he met Sean Collins, the club's tournament director.

Collins is also the OCC men's golf coach. Soon, Collins was suggesting Indovina play for the Pirates.

After one season with the Pirates, Indovina transferred to Cal State Dominguez Hills.

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