Robertson commits to Tech

Robertson commits to Tech

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Robertson commits to Tech

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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.

A talented softball player with skills equal to anyone in the area, Whitney Robertson knew it would be necessary to step away from the game if she wanted to play golf at the collegiate level.

Two years after that difficult decision, Robertson proved to be correct.

A key player on Clarksville High’s Class AAA state championship last season, Robertson became the second golfer from CHS, and third locally, to lock down her future when she verbally committed to play for Tennessee Tech. She will sign her official paperwork in November during the fall signing period.

“I am so excited. It feels good to answer people when they ask me where I am going,” Robertson said. “I talked to my swing coach Jeff Vaughn and he helped me a lot, and my parents, and I know I made the right decision. Tennessee Tech is definitely the right choice for me.”

Robertson joins teammate Samantha Gotcher, who verbally committed to MTSU, and Rossview’s Alexa Rippy, who verbally committed to Trevecca.

“I heard someone say that golfers are bred in Clarksville and I honestly think that is true, especially this year having three people commit to colleges,” Robertson said.

Since her full-time commitment to golf, Robertson made a quick ascension, joining the ranks of the state’s top junior golfers almost overnight. She was a pivotal part of Clarksville High’s Class AAA state championship golf team, finished no lower than second in the city summer tournaments, and was a multiple winner on the TGA Junior Golf Tour, an achievement that qualified her for the Tournament of Champions Master Division at the Golf Club of Tennessee.

Robertson also played in the Professional Golfers Association Junior Championship at Cookeville Golf Club where she shot a 71-75 — 146.

“It was a lot of golf. My vacation this year was on the golf course,” Robertson said. “We didn’t take any vacation except to the golf courses. Playing a lot of golf makes you better, and I have played so much this summer and it has really improved my game. It got tiring, but you had to keep going and playing.”

Robertson played against high-caliber golfers during the summer tournaments and witnessed additional high-level competition when the high school golf season started in late July.

Clarksville High played in a pair of early-season elite prep tournaments in Paducah, Ky. and in Chattanooga, winning the Baylor Invitational.

Inside the city, Robertson and the Lady Wildcats have been challenged by Rossview, which includes Rippy, Hanley Long and Reagan Greene.

In the Hank Miles Jr. this past summer, Robertson finished a stroke ahead of Rippy, then lost in a playoff to Long. Robertson also took second in the Clarksville Ladies City Am.

Robertson and the Lady Wildcats tied Rossview last week and the District 10-AAA tournament is next Monday at Swan Lake.

“I think her consistency and her short game, she’s worked really hard,” said CHS girls golf coach Vickie Moncrief, defining what has contributed to Robertson’s development. “Her short game has really improved and her accuracy, she’s hitting greens in regulation and making the putts.”

Helping that consistency has been a daily commitment.

Robertson has rarely missed a day on the golf course, and has been under the guidance of Vaughn, Swan Lake’s pro and her swing coach, for the past few years.

“Play every day, you have to, you can’t take a break,” Robertson said. “Jeff Vaughn has helped me with everything. If I am in a slump, he knows how to bring me back out of it. And both of my parents have helped me out when I have been in a slump.”

Robertson had other college options, but Tennessee Tech was always a favorite, even before it offered her a scholarship. Initially she was worried about the distance — Cookeville is about two hours from Clarksville — but the distance isn’t so far that she can’t come home when the opportunity presents itself.

Polk Brown was named Tennessee Tech’s coach in July of 2011 and the Golden Eagles, who currently have three freshmen and a sophomore on the roster, opened up the fall portion of their season on Sunday playing in the Chris Banister Golf Classic. The second round of the tourney is Monday.

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