| ROBIN WALTON
ASSISTANT COACH ROBIN WALTON
Robin Walton begins her eighth season as an assistant coach for the Lady Gator golf team after playing on the LPGA Tour since 1979. Walton is a 1978 graduate of the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology.
“I have been extremely excited to have the opportunity to be involved with the program at the University of Florida,” Walton said. “I am very impressed with Florida's commitment to women's athletics.”
In her first season as a member of the Lady Gator staff, the team placed fifth in the always tough Southeastern Conference Championships, and was selected for the NCAA Central Regional tournament, where the team placed 11th. During her second season, the Gators forged ahead, finishing tied for sixth at the NCAA Championships. Florida also finished that campaign ranked sixth in the country by Golfstat. In her third season, UF finished runner-up at the SEC Championships.
With Walton aboard during the last seven seasons, the Lady Gators have finished in the top half of the SEC Championships each year, have recorded five top-10 finishes at the NCAA Regionals and have finished in the top-10 at the NCAA Championships four times in their last five appearances.
“Robin brings 20 years of professional experience with her,” said head coach Jill Briles-Hinton. “She has a great sense of humor and is a great person to be around. When Robin talks, people listen. I have the utmost respect for her. Both Robin and I have similar backgrounds, and we have a combined total of 32 years of LPGA experience. The information that we acquired over these years can be passed along to our players to help them reach their dreams and aspirations.”
As an amateur player, Walton won the 1973 Oregon Junior title as well as the 1977 Pacific Northwest Amateur. She was a member of the AIAW National Championship team as a freshman at Arizona State. After transferring to the University of Washington for her senior season, Walton earned All-America honors.
As a Tour player, Walton shot a career-low round of 64, most recently in 1998 at the Giant Eagle LPGA Classic. Her best tournament finish was second place, which she last achieved in 1994.
While on Tour, she served on the Executive Committee of the LPGA in 1986 and 1987. On the committee, she oversaw field staff operations and the LPGA Junior Golf Clinic Program.
Walton was also a member of the LPGA Board of Directors from 1989 to 1991. She was on the Hall of Fame Review Committee and served as a liaison between the players and Alabama Sports Medicine Institute/HealthSouth physical trainers, advising on travel, staffing and equipment updates.
Walton was also a motivational speaker and instructor at many Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Junior Golf Camps while on tour. She was involved with the organization in fund raising events and as a speaker at "Breakfast with the Pros," where local junior players interact with pros at a casual breakfast at various Tour sites.
In 1989, she served as an operations assistant for the PGA Senior Tour Security Pacific Classic. While working for the Classic, she was involved with all phases of the tournament, including concessions, security, hospitality, volunteer coordination, communications and pro-am event operations.
The Walton File
- Served on the LPGA Board of Directors (1989-91)
- Operations Assistant for the PGA Senior Tour Security Pacific Classic (1989)
- Served on the Executive Committee of the LPGA (1986-87), where she oversaw field staff operations and the LPGA Junior Golf Clinic Program
- LPGA Tour Member since 1979
- 1978 graduate of the University of Washington
- Earned All-America honors during her senior year