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Rastovski wraps up CK career

Central Kitsap golfer JD Rastovski, a four-year state participant shown against Bremerton early in the season, finished in 29th place last week at state. - Photo by Jesse Beals
Central Kitsap golfer JD Rastovski, a four-year state participant shown against Bremerton early in the season, finished in 29th place last week at state.
— image credit: Photo by Jesse Beals

SPOKANE — Even though day two of the state golf championships didn’t go as well as Central Kitsap’s JD Rastovski had hoped, he had plenty of reason to smile when it was all said and done.

After all, how many high school golfers can say they not only qualified for state all four years, but made the day-two cut over that same span?

“I didn’t feel bad about it,” Rastovski, who finished in 29th place, said. “I’m still just trying to find my swing. I haven’t played a whole lot of rounds this year. I didn’t play great but I didn’t play too bad.”

Rastovski, who had to overcome a recent thumb injury as well, was one of many golfers to have trouble on the second day. He shot a 74 in the opening round, but shot an 80 on day two to finish at 154. Nick Ellis of Eastmont won the title with a 138.

Holes No. 13 and 17 gave Rastovski the most headache, as he triple-bogeyed both.

“No. 13 is pretty narrow right off the tee,” he said. “It goes out about 180 yards and then goes straight down. It’s steeper than a double-black diamond on any mountain. It’s probably a 50-75 foot drop.”

Hole 17 was littered with challenges all throughout, Rastovski said.

“The fairway is about 20 yards wide,” he said. “And it has hazards all the way down.”

But he also had some gems, like his birdie chip-in from 50 yards out on 15.

“Overall, I wasn’t too disappointed,” said Rastovski, who is hoping to qualify for the upcoming U.S. Amateur Public Links. “I didn’t get a full senior year, but I birdied on the last hole the second day. So I went out on a good note.”

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