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Leading by example
With gritty determination, two girls stood staring at separate holes on the Kitsap Golf & Country Club putting green as they tried to figure out the right amount of force to send a golf ball in from 10 feet away. Feet apart, heads down they swing and listen for the sound only a ball dropping into the cup can make.
For Central Kitsap girls golf team members Kim Sisley and Vangie Robbins, that sound is pure music to their ears as theyve spent hours working on their short games as theyve developed into two of the best prep female golfers this season in the Narrows League.
And they hope it all pays off today at Lake Spanaway Golf Course where a field of 96 gets whittled down to 28 for Fridays final round. The top 15 finishers in stroke play then qualify for the state tournament May 28-29 at Meadow Springs Country Club in Richland.
Im excited, said Sisley, a junior who rejoined the team after a year living in Georgia. Ive played Lake Spanaway several times in the past week. I cant break 80 there, but its all mental.
Par on the public course, which CK girls coach Murray Webb described as fair, is 74 from the womens tees.
I like to see myself get better every time and thats what has been happening this season, said Sisley, who has medaled in nearly every competition this season and teamed with Robbins to win the 2-player team competition May 3 at the Streeter Tournament in Port Angeles.
For Robbins, golf is in her blood. Both parents play and her brothers Dylan and Connor each compete at the collegiate level. So it was natural for her to pick up the sport five years ago.
I like the challenge and if I keep going at it I can go somewhere with it like my brothers did, said Robbins, who suprisingly qualified for state as a freshman last year but bowed out after shooting a 91 on the first day.
It made me realize how much competition I have and how much I have to work on it, she said of the state experience.
Both girls said they practice every day rain or shine, something made easier since theyre both members of KG&CC.
Kim has put a lot of time and effort in and thats paying off for her, former coach Paul Stensen said. Shes really matured as a player.
According to Webb, Robbins, who also plays volleyball and basketball, is starting to focus more on golf and thats vastly improving her game.
Vangie will do fine, Webb said. She did a nice job on that course (Lake Spanaway) last year.
And a nice job today could mean a nice trip to Richland in a couple of weeks.