Aug. 4, 2004
HUNTINGTON, W. Va. -
University of Virginia golfer Lindsay Robinson (Huntington, W. Va.) won the 2004 Women's West Virginia State Amateur Golf Tournament last week at the Palmer Signature Course at Stonewall Jackson Resort in Roanoke (W.Va.).
From a field of 63 golfers, Robinson defeated defending champion Brittany Adams of Huntington. The win marked Robinson?s first state amateur title.
"That was my goal. I wanted to win the State Am," Robinson said.
Robinson has competed in several major women's amateur events this summer and put in countless hours of practice to gear up for the big event. All the time Robinson invested paid off as she won the State Am.
"When I woke up Friday, it hit me," Robinson said Friday morning during an interview at Guyan Golf and Country Club, her home course. "I won. I achieved my goal."
Robinson shot even-par 72 in the opening round Wednesday and added a 75 on Thursday for a 3-over 147 total and 4-shot margin over Adams. The tournament was reduced to 36 holes after Tuesday's first round was called off because of rain.
The victory made up for last year when Robinson, the leader going into the final round at Glade Springs Resort, was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. She would've finished third.
"That was behind me," she said. "Golf is about honesty and playing by the rules. That's why we play."
Adams, who plays for Ohio State, shot 77-74-151. Allyson Hatcher of Wheeling, who plays for Marshall, took third with 76-77-153.
"You expect the best from your competitors," she said. "I didn't play conservative. The plan was fairways and greens."
Robinson, who started all nine tournaments for Virginia as a true freshman last season, averaged 80.96 strokes as a first-year collegian. Her best tourney finish was 30th at the ACC Championship where she fired a 232.
"Your game can't help but get stronger," she said. "I had to adjust to college. You're on your own."
Robinson is the second Cavalier golfer to win a women's state amateur crown. Rachel Smith won the Tennessee title in June.
"Things are looking up for me and the program," Robinson said. "I can't wait for next season to get here."
Information and quotes courtesy of David Walsh and The Herald-Dispatch.
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