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story.lead_photo.caption Bud Sullins/Special to Siloam Sunday Siloam Springs senior Kaitlyn Robinson signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play golf at Providence Christian College in Pasadena, Calif. Pictured are: Front from left, mother Sherry Robinson, Kaitlyn Robinson and father Eric Robinson, along with Siloam Springs golf coach Michael Robertson, standing.

Kaitlyn Robinson is just amazed at how far she has come the last four years on the golf course.

As a freshman for Siloam Springs, and fairly new to golf, Robinson's 18-hole average was around 142 and playing in college one day wasn't on her radar.

Fast forward four years, more than 50 strokes off her scoring average and one fantastic finish to her senior season and continuing her golf career is a reality for Robinson, who signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play golf at Providence Christian College in Pasadena, Calif.

"If I look at where I was four years ago I couldn't have imagined me being in the place I am now," Robinson said, who averaged an 18-hole round of 91 as a senior.

Robinson won a three-hole playoff at the Class 5A State Tournament at Hot Springs Country Club in late September to finish Class 5A runner-up and earn a trip to the Arkansas State Overall Tournament in Little Rock, where she finished ninth overall.

She earned all-state honors the second consecutive year and also was named to the All-Arkansas Preps Girls Golf team, presented by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

"I played my career best at state and then I turned around and placed ninth overall in the overall competition," Robinson said. "I found out that I became part of the Arkansas prep golf team. I was ecstatic. I was over the moon."

Prior to her senior year, Robinson was the Lady Panthers' No. 2 golfer on a team that wound up as Class 6A runner-up.

"She helped us finish as state runner-up, and obviously the things she did as a senior speak for itself," said Siloam Springs golf coach Michael Robertson "She tied for our highest finish ever at the overall championship and just had a really, really good senior season. It speaks to how hard she works."

Robinson said she had a profile on a recruiting app from Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), and the coach from Providence, Josh Ault, who's from Bryant outside of Little Rock, contacted her and inquired about her interest in playing at Providence.

The prospects of living in the Los Angeles area of Southern California appealed to Robinson.

"I consider myself a city person," she said. "I've always wanted to live in the city, so the L.A.-Pasadena area is perfect."

Sports on 02/10/2019

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