In the last year, Zack Robinson shed more than 10 strokes from his golf game, which put him into the thick of the 2019 Division II boys’ state tournament.
Robinson, a senior at Estrella Foothills High School, finished 32nd of 78 qualifiers. He shot a combined 14-over at the Tucson National Golf Course Oct. 28-29.
“The first day was pretty close,” he said, “and the second day, I just kind of ran out of steam on the second nine. But, it’s definitely a big improvement from last year.”
At last year’s state tournament, Robinson said he finished 18 strokes over par. The second day of the tournament was canceled due to inclement weather.
So, Robinson sat on those sour state tournament results for one year. But for his second, and final, crack at it this year, he aimed to be better.
“I played in a lot more junior golf tournaments [this summer],” he said. “That really helped. It helped me get experience playing tournament golf and having that pressure. My junior year, I didn’t really have as much experience.”
In his senior campaign, Robinson benefitted from his increased workload from the summer. He developed into a more complete and consistent golfer, the kind of play that had escaped him at last year’s state tournament.
The results paid off early, too, as Robinson reflected back on the Wolves’ second meet of the season, in which he shot 1-under par.
“I had a couple of bad rounds [this year], which is going to happen, but it was definitely within the range I was thinking for this year.”
Back in Tucson again for this fall’s state tournament, Robinson soared to a plus-4 finish in his opening round. He was playing mistake-free, hitting greens with increased frequency and two-putting on nearly every hole. His stellar first round placed him in the top 16.
“I was a little disappointed because I bogeyed two of the last three holes,” he said. “I could have been 2-over and in 10th place, probably. But, I felt pretty good.”
The next morning began in the exact same fashion as Day One Both days, he went par-birdie-bogey on the first three holes.
After that, Robinson stumbled to keep his hot-streak rolling after getting out to even those first three holes.
“I just couldn’t find my rhythm the next couple of holes, then I kind of got back into hit, then fell off again a little bit.”
He finished 10-over for the afternoon.
The final act of Robinson’s Estrella Foothills career did not conclude as anticipated. Still, he said, “I still think I played pretty decent.”
His solid senior season nudged him in the direction of a playing career beyond high school. Robinson said he has discussed signing an athletic scholarship with several schools, but is uncommitted, as of now.
Robinson’s golf career began early. When he was 5 years old, he was featured in an article by the West Valley View after he shot a hole-in-one on the Palm Valley Golf Course.