Sara Burkhead Robson was a member of the women’s golf team from 1998-2002. She played in 12 events during her first three seasons before injuries cut short her playing career. During her senior campaign, she served as a student assistant coach. Sara recently spoke with BelmontBruins.com about her four years at Belmont and her current role as Head Women’s Golf Coach at Austin Peay.
Why did you choose Belmont?
An opportunity to play golf while attending a school that brought my faith and belief in Christ into academics, athletics, and student activities. I saw Belmont as an opportunity to not only receive an amazing education, but to grow as a person in my relationship with Christ and become involved in an amazing athletic department that helped me develop and pursue a career in athletics.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
I have two:
First, I was helping with a promotional activity at a Belmont basketball game back in Striplin Gymnasium. I was ask to hit a plastic golf ball into the crowd and the person who caught it was to receive a gift certificate for dinner at Planet Hollywood. I swung at the ball entirely too hard and hit a line drive into the crowd, hitting a softball player, Stacy Hill, in the head with the ball. She caught it but I was so embarrassed. I went to introduce myself to her and apologize, we got to know each other, and she invited me to share that gift card and thus became a friendship of a life-time. We became roommates and best friends because of my way to hard line drive golf shot into the basketball crowd.
Secondly, receiving the Athletic Directors Character Award from Mike Strickland in 2001-2002.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont? How?
Mike Strickland; I had a career ending injury during my time at Belmont, which as you can imagine was devastating. He allowed me to keep my scholarship and serve as a student assistant coach and help in the athletic department for my last 2 years as a student athlete. Without his grace I would not be where I am today. Not only would I have had to move to another university, I would not have gotten the early coaching experience that allowed me to start coaching the August after I graduated Belmont. I admired his understanding and willingness to let me continue to be involved in the athletic department and women’s golf program and will forever be grateful.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
I will forever be grateful for the education that I gained. However, I believe the most valuable lesson I learned was how important it was to open up; meet people; and to trust. There are people out there that genuinely care (I found this at Belmont) and who are willing to help you pursue your dreams as well as help you achieve them.
What advice would you give to current members of the golf team?
Listen to God, He knows what’s best. There is a reason you are at Belmont and while you may not know it now you are learning the things that will shape your life forever. Enjoy playing the game you love. You are not the score on your scorecard; you are the unique person God created. While trying to be your best on the course is important; living for Christ is more important. Keep your priorities straight: Christ; family; academics; golf. Enjoy four of the best years of your life!
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
Dr. Joy Kimmons in the Department of Education -- Not only was Dr. Kimmons a great professor, but she was always interested in how you were doing as a student. She cared about your goals and dreams and would be willing to offer any advice in helping you achieve them. She got to know athletes and what it was like to be on the road. She always had high expectations but understood what it was like to be a student-athlete.
Where do you live now?
Pleasant View, TN
What is your occupation?
I am currently the Head Women’s Golf Coach at Austin Peay.
Tell us about your family.
I have been married to Eric Robson for 8 years and we have a wonderful little girl. Kaitlyn Hope is 3 ½ years old. Eric is my biggest supporter and a wonderful father. Our miracle, Katie, makes me laugh and teaches me something new every day.