Robson yet to decide between five-woods and finance

Tom Robson
Tom Robson
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Tom Robson admits he has yet to decide if he wants to continue following in the footsteps of Luke Donald.

The talented 23-year-old from Lovedean is currently studying at Jacksonville State University in Alabama, USA.

And he has just played a major part in his golf team’s successful defence of their Ohio Valley Conference title as they bid for national glory.

Fellow Englishman Donald graduated from Northwestern University in Chicago and has since gone on to establish himself among the greatest golfers on the planet.

But other home-grown talents have also made their names after coming through the US college golf ranks.

The likes of Colin Montgomerie (Houston Baptist College) and Paul Casey (Arizona State University) took a similar path to golfing stardom.

While that has been the making of others, Robson, who is studying for a degree in finance, has yet to decide what the future holds.

Robson explained: ‘Honestly, I’m still not sure about what I am going to do when I graduate.

‘I would love to play professionally, but I am not going to put all of my eggs into one basket, hence the degree in finance.

‘Ideally, I would like to go to South Africa to play golf because my uncle has been there for 30 years and I’m sure he could find me a job.

‘The weather is great there, and the golf isn’t bad, too.’

Having started his golf career at Lee-on-the-Solent, Robson joined Rowlands Castle.

He then picked up a succession of titles, with victories in the Junior County Championship, the Men’s County Championship and the Courage Trophy.

And while golf’s loss could yet be finance’s gain, the former Horndean Technology College student has continued his winning exploits alongside his US counterparts having moved across the pond.

He said: ‘We just won our conference championship for the second year in a row.

‘And we are going to the regionals next week, to be held in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

‘If we make the top five in this event – which happens to have two of the top-five amateurs in the world in it in Patrick Cantlay and Corbin Mills – we will advance to nationals. They are played at the historic Riviera Country Club in California.’

This may seem like the perfect lifestyle for a young man, but Robson – who earned a scholarship that takes care of 75-per-cent of his education costs – still has to put in the hours.

He said: ‘In the mornings we either work out or run at 6am, depending on the day.

‘We take classes for three hours in the morning, usually from 9am-12pm, have lunch, then go to practice at 1.30pm for about four hours or so.

‘After that we go back home, have dinner and do homework or watch TV, then go to bed to get up early again.

‘It’s a lot harder work than people at home think it is.’

Hard work it may be, but there are definitely perks – like playing on some of the top golf courses in the world.

‘The golf course is amazing,’ said Robson.

‘It’s a Robert Trent Jones design.

‘It’s very long and demanding and is part of the world-famous Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail that runs through Alabama.

‘But in my college career, I have also played TPC Sawgrass for three years in a row.

‘And I’m two under par in my career for the 17th island hole.’