Dee Robertson wins her individual match at tournament
The 2014 Fore State Championship, played at the Shangri-La Resort on Grand Lake, Okla., concluded on Tuesday, July 29. Two teams consisting of a total of twelve women represented the state of Missouri at the match play tournament. One of those women was Dee Robertson of Iberia.
Robertson was the only member of the Mid-Amateur team to win her individual match. She prevailed 3 and 1 over Sand Preston of the Kansas team.
"We were pretty evenly paired up and down," Robertson said of her match. "I was up by 3 after seven holes then got down by 1. After the 16th hole I was back up by 1, then I made a great putt for par, forcing her to have to win both remaining holes. She lost on 17 and that was it. It was a good match and a lot of fun to play."
Unfortunately for the team effort, the host squad claimed the team championship with 15 points. Missouri placed third in the team standing with 11 points.
"We fought hard against some stiff competition by the handicaps. One of our girls had to play against the Oklahoma state champion who had a +2.9 handicap. Going into Tuesday morning we thought we had a chance to get six points but it just didn't happen. It was a great experience still," Robertson commented.
Behind the shots and scores, however, there is a person with an interesting story of how golf has enriched her life.
The 60-year-old Robertson has been an Iberia resident for the past 39 years. Her husband, David, is a fourth-generation cattle rancher there. The summer of 1992 is when life changed forever as Robertson picked up a golf club for the first time.
"My boys weren't playing baseball that summer, so all of the sudden I had six nights a week free. A neighbor made a suggestion that I take up golf. I had played volleyball and tennis when I was younger but never really considered myself much of an athlete. I was always tall and kind of gangly and uncoordinated. I took some lessons and hit a 125-yard drive with a 7-iron one day. It was then that I realized that this is what God had meant for me to do," Robertson explained.
Perhaps it was somewhat genetic. Robertson says that she had a great uncle who golfed. To whatever you want to credit it, Robertson fell in love with the game. She cleared out a patch of land to drive on and started shagging all the junk balls that she could get her hands on. As with most individuals in most sports, her progression hasn't been completely linear, though.
"The biggest challenge from when I started until now has been the mental part, which is 90% of the game. I am my own biggest critic and being patient with myself is difficult. I have all the skills, but am still growing all the time. I love the different challenges that golf presents. It's such a reflection of your personality," Robertson elaborated.
Robertson recalls one particular time that golf humbled her.
"Pretty soon after I first started playing, I hit what I thought was a pretty good drive on the fareway. The ball hit a tree on the rough and landed about 30 yards directly behind me," Roberston stated.
Beyond the failures and successes on the course, Robertson enjoys the benefits that playing the game has brought her.
"I've played some really good rounds but the best part of the game has been the friendships that I have made and the places I've been able to visit," Robertson said.
Robertson has two sons, two grandchildren and a third grandchild on the way. In a few years, some other sports writer somewhere may write a story about the golfing success of Robertson's grandchildren and when they are asked what their motivation to play is, they will probably answer, "my grandmother."