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Carroll's Hausauer Competing in NAIA Golf Nationals

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HELENA - Don't get Connor Hausauer wrong, he's excited to be going to nationals, but it's not how he thought he'd get there.

"It's cool to be going as an individual but the dream all year was to be going as a team," said Hausauer. "So it's a little bit bittersweet that we weren't able to hold onto that coming down the stretch but it'll still be awesome to represent Carroll as an individual."

Going to nationals this year means a little bit more to Connor. Earlier this year his father lost a long battle with cancer, something Connor had a tough time with early in the season.

"Struggled to stay in the tournaments mentally," said Hausauer. "I didn't have a solid spring until the last tournament, but it is sweeter because I knew that he believed that I could do this but it's also a little bit tougher because I always imagined he'd be there when I did."

This year's tournament will be played at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Florida. A little different than the courses here in the Northwest.

"I think it's going to be important to drive the ball well," said Hausauer. "The course is a little bit narrow, it's pretty long, and it's at sea level. So I'm going to have to put the ball in play off the tee and hopefully get it a ways down there."

According to Connor, the biggest difference between playing in Florida and Montana may just be the grass.

"The big difference is that the grain of the grass can affect the putts significantly," said Hausauer. "So that's something that I am unfamiliar with. There's nothing in Montana that simulates it that well, but fortunately I'm not going to be the only one in that boat."

His journey to nationals is no fluke, and Connor is ready to bring home a title, even if he had to take a little different road to get there.

Through day one of the tournament Hausauer sits at a +3 75, putting him at a T-70 of a field of 156 players.
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