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"Robbins, Hausdorf heat up, earn No. 5 team finish for CK"

"BURLINGTON - After struggling on the first day of competition at the 4A boys state golf tournament Monday and Tuesday, Central Kitsap High School golfers Dylan Robbins and John Hausdorf improved their performances and led the Cougars to a fifth-place finish with 52 points.I was really pleased with the way both came off yesterday (Monday) and played better today (Tuesday), Central Kitsap coach Paul Stensen said. Both were more focused and more relaxed. They're both competitors and the competition (between them) has been good for both.We're pretty competitive with each other, Robbins added, and we help each other out most of the time.Snohomish won the team event with 61.5 total points. Puyallup's Ryan Moore won the individual state title in a sudden-death playoff over Capital's Andres Gonzales. Both shot a 5-under 139 for the 36-hole tournament.Robbins came in at 2-over 74 on his first round at the 6,230-yard, par-72 layout at Avalon Golf Links. The senior bettered his score by three strokes on the final day, shooting a 1-under 71 to finish at 145, tying for 12th place.Robbins shot an impressive 5-under 31 on the back nine, and just missed eagle putts on both par-5's.On the first day I was a little nervous on the first few holes, but after that I relaxed a little bit, Robbins said. I'm pretty satisfied with the way I played, and we did pretty good as a team.After failing to qualify for the state tournament a year ago, Robbins said an improved mental approach was the catalyst for his top-15 finish.I've matured a lot more this year, Robbins said. I don't panic as much, and I'm striking the ball a little better.Robbins said he's still deciding on where he'll attend college; he currently is contemplating whether to pursue a golf or football career at the next level.Hausdorf shot a 4-over 76 on the first day of competition. The back nine led to Hausdorf's demise; he finished with a 5-over 41, including a quadruple bogie on the 11th hole.The junior, who missed the cut at state by one stroke last year, played better on the second day, shooting an even-par 72 to finish at 148 and tying for 17th place.I wish I would've done a little better on the first round, but there's not much I can do about it now, Hausdorf said. I'll try to play better next year.Hausdorf has a full slate of Washington Junior Golf Association and American Junior Golf Association tournament events scheduled for this summer. He said he'd like to improve on his consistency and ball striking during his summer break from school.Both days were perfect for golf - sunny and dry, with a little bit of breeze - although the course was still soggy from rain a couple days earlier.The greens were pretty wet, Hausdorf said. Other than that, it was pretty nice.This year's state appearance was particularly sweet for both CK golfers. Robbins didn't turn out as a freshman or sophomore, and missed a state qualifying berth at last year's league-district tourney at Port Ludlow. Hausdorf qualified for state in both 1999 and 2000, but missed the 18-hole cut in both those tournaments. "

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