SENIOR SPOTLIGHT: Frustratingly Fun

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Golf’s annoyances keep Seth Robinson entertained

By John Overby

Seth Robinson had always thought golf was an easy game, at least he did before he first tried it.

Once he picked up a club, though, he soon found out how wrong he was.

“It seemed easy,” Robinson said. “You just hit the ball with the club. But there’s so many different aspects to the game, just with your wrists and how anything can affect how you hit the ball.”

Robinson, who was “born and raised” in Springfield, had this revelation during his freshman year of high school.

He didn’t play any other sports in high school, but he thought he’d like to. Golf drew his attention the most because his friends—fellow classmates Thomas Pettus and J.P. Cecconi—had been prodding him to play “for a pretty long time.”

“They had always tried to get me out on the course, so I thought I’d give it a shot,” Robinson said.

Since then, Robinson feels that he has improved each season and reached his goal to play on the varsity squad last season.

Now that he’s there, he just wants to maintain the progress he’s already made.

“When I first started, I just wanted to break 50, and now that I can shoot in the 40s, I want to try to shoot lower and stay consistent.”

Frustration and fun don’t typically go together, but for Robinson, the two go hand in hand when it comes to golf.

“If you play bad, it gives you a reason to come out here and play some more,” Robinson said. “I mean, one day you can come out here and play what I would consider a good round for me, and then you come out here the next and it’s totally different than anything you’re doing the next day. That aspect of it makes you want to keep playing.”

Looking back, Robinson can’t pinpoint one unforgettable experience over another, but he is excited to have his entire time on the golf team to look back on when he’s older.

“It’s all been pretty memorable,” Robinson said. “It’s going to be neat to look back on the summers you’ve spent out here with your best friends and be able to look back on all of your memories.”

Pettus, who has been one of Robinson’s best friends since sixth grade, has a few moments in mind when it comes to Robinson’s career, though.

“I think it’s all those balls you’ve gotten stuck in the trees,” Pettus said.

“Yeah, I always seem to get a few stuck in the tree,” Robinson concurred, “and Thomas is usually there with me, so we try to get a few pictures of those.”

Robinson feels that he has two real strengths when it comes to his golf game.

One of which, actually, is his strength.

“I hit some pretty good drives sometimes,” Robinson said. “I’m a bigger guy, so if I can get everything in line, I can hit it pretty solid.

Patience is another part of his game that Robinson feels very confident about.

“I don’t get too bent out of shape,” Robinson said. “I just play to have fun with the game. You always try to stay competitive, but you also need to have fun while you’re out there.”

Robinson credits this trait to his personality off the golf course. He is someone who tries to “stay laid back, try to stay calm” in every situation that he comes across in his day-to-day life.

According to Robinson, the small-town atmosphere that Washington County provides has been the perfect place for him because of this demeanor.

And with plans of going to UK business school and majoring business marketing and development, Robinson will be in “a lot different atmosphere” next year.

“I live in a town where everybody knows your name, go to a close-knit school, so college will be a lot different experience. I’ll just have to get adjusted to that.”

As for his time playing high school golf, Robinson is pleased that he was able to find out firsthand just how hard it is.

And Pettus is happy that he got Robinson to come along for the ride.

“It took a while, but I’m just glad I finally got him into it,” Pettus said.

“Me too,” Robinson added.