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In only four seasons as the head women's golf coach at Texas Tech, JoJo Robertson has turned the Lady Raiders into one of the top teams in the country and a consistent NCAA Tournament participant.
And it only makes sense that her first team as a head coach would get to the NCAA Tournament all four years, considering Robertson has made it to the NCAA Tournament every season as a player, assistant coach and head coach since her playing days at Oklahoma State.
Since being named the fourth head coach in school history on June 25, 2009, Robertson and the Lady Raiders have advanced to a NCAA Regional in each of the past four seasons and have twice come close to moving on to the NCAA Championships for only the second time in program history.
The Lady Raiders have finished ninth at a regional twice during Robertson's tenure, beginning in 2010 at the NCAA East Regional and then again in 2012 at the West Regional held in Colorado. Texas Tech finished 16th at the 2011 NCAA East Regional.
The Lady Raiders once again had a strong showing at the 2013 NCAA Regional, led by senior and Capitol One All-American, Kim Kaufman, who thrived in her four years at Tech under Robertson. Kaufman is now competing on the Symetra Tour and close to picking up her LPGA Card for 2014.
The impressive part of Robertson's success has been that she has succeeded playing with mainly a young roster. During her first three seasons, Robertson has had only two seniors - Rosalyn Kim in 2010 and Alex Gibson in 2011.
Possibly her best season to date came in 2011-12 when the Lady Raiders boasted not a senior on the roster but managed to win tournament titles at both the Texas State Challenge and Mountain View Collegiate. It marked only the fourth time in school history and first time since the 1995-96 campaign where Texas Tech won multiple tournaments in a season.
Despite falling just shy of advancing to the national tournament later in the year, Kim Kaufman and Gabby Dominguez qualified as individuals for the NCAA Championships where they finished tied for eighth, marking the highest finish for a Lady Raider in school history. The two juniors joined Rosalyn Kim as the only individual qualifiers for the NCAA Championships after Kim advanced during Robertson's first season in 2010.
Dominguez and Kaufman were eventually named honorable mention All-Americans by both the National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) and Golfweek Magazine following the season. Texas Tech had not previously had a women's golfer earn All-American accolades since Brooke Lawrence following the 1995-96 season.
The pair also wrapped the year ranked in the top 50 individuals of the Golfweek poll en route to becoming the first Texas Tech players to earn All-Big 12 accolades since Jamie Vannoy in 2000.
The Lady Raiders have rewrote the school record book under Robertson's tutelage as Dominguez and Kaufman both finished with the two lowest single-season stroke averages in program history a year ago. The duo is also on pace to snap the career stroke average record as well.
As a team, Texas Tech has posted nine of the 12 lowest 54-hole scores in school history under Robertson, most noticeably an 856 card at the 2012 Westbrook Spring Invitational. The Lady Raiders also snapped the program's 18-hole score record with a 279 second round.
Texas Tech finished in the top 10 a total of 16 times over Robertson's first two seasons, including nine times ranked in the top-five teams. In her first year alone, the Lady Raiders finished in the top 10 in all but one tournament as Texas Tech also picked up its first team title at the Heather Farr/CU Memorial Classic, only the second event during her tenure.
Gibson also earned top medalist honors at the Heather Farr/CU Memorial Classic, the first of four individual titles for Texas Tech under Robertson. Gibson went on the win the 2011 Baylor Spring Invitational as senior en route to leading the Lady Raiders to their second team title thanks to a double-digit lead. Dominguez has also claimed two individual titles of her own as well with wins at the 2010 Mountain View Collegiate and 2011 Texas State Challenge.
Robertson has also helped oversee a transformation of The Rawls Course during her tenure as the $3.7 million clubhouse and team facility project was completed prior to the start of the 2012-13 season. Already one of the premier collegiate courses in the country, the clubhouse and team facility additions will allow Texas Tech to host several of the top tournaments in the country while also giving the Lady Raiders state-of-the-art dressing and team areas.
Prior to her hiring at Texas Tech, Robertson, who has regional ties and played collegiate golf at Oklahoma State, helped lead Purdue to back-to-back Big Ten Championships. The Roswell, N.M., native also was instrumental in Purdue's four-straight top-10 NCAA Championship finishes, including runner-up and fourth-place finishes in 2007 and 2008.
Under Robertson's tutelage, Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year and Purdue women's golfer Maria Hernandez won the 2009 NCAA Championship and the 2008 and 2009 conference individual titles. In just her second season, the 2006 squad turned in one of the most successful seasons in program history that culminated in the NCAA Championships. The Boilermakers won a school-record six tournaments, including the Big Ten Championship and the NCAA West Regional Championship.
The 1995 and 1997 U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links champion, Robertson enjoyed a distinguished collegiate career at Oklahoma State, which included three team conference championships. Her amateur career included a ranking of No. 11 in Golfweek Magazine's Female Amateur List in 1997 as well as being named one of the top 10 amateurs by Golf Digest. Robertson participated in the 1997 and 1998 U.S. Women's Opens, making the cut in 1998. Additionally, in 1998, she was a member of the United States Curtis Cup team.
Prior to joining the collegiate ranks as a coach, Robertson was an assistant professional at Spring River Golf Course in Roswell from 1999-2000. While playing on the Futures Professional Tour from 2000-02, she was also an assistant professional at the New Mexico Military Institute Golf Course through 2004.
She and her husband John Weast reside in Lubbock.
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