One of the most decorated golfers in Youngstown State history, Emily Robertson (Dixon) will be in her third season as an assistant coach in 2018-19.
Dixon, the Horizon League Championships medalist in 2015, won a school-record eight events in just two-and-a-half years with the program. In three appearances at the Horizon League meet she placed first (2015), second (2016) and eighth (2014). She was named the conference's golfer of the year following her senior campaign. Dixon set the school career record for lowest average at 77.4.
During her senior year, she won three tournaments - the Bobby Nichols Intercollegiate, the Oakland Golden Grizzly Invitational and the YSU Kickoff - while tying for first in a dual against Niagara. Dixon led the team with a strokes-per-round average of 75.5. That mark is a school record by 1.5 strokes per round. She finished in the top eight in nine of the 12 events on the year.
As a junior, she took medalist honors at the Horizon League Championships with a three-round score of 224. On the strength of a sold team finish, Dixon and the Penguins won the event and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in school history.
At the league meet, she had rounds of 75, 77 and 72. Dixon started the final round in in third place to start the day, eight shots behind the leader. She shot four-under par on the back nine with four birdies in a five-hole stretch. Besides winning the HL Championships, she won the Roseann Schwartz Invitational and the Dolores Black Falcon Invitational.
In her first spring with the program in 2014, she placed eighth at the Horizon League meet. Her first tournament win came at the Red Flash Invitational.
Dixon, a native of Pataskala, Ohio, orginally began her collegiate career at Toledo before transferring to YSU in the spring of 2014.
She was a standout at Watkins Memorial High School prior to her collegiate career. She finished 11th at the state tournament as a junior and was first individual state qualifier in school history.
Dixon was Columbus Dispatch Division I Player of Year for Mid-Ohio Girls Golf League.
More about Coach Robertson:
Why I chose to coach at YSU: The main reason I decided to become an assistant coach was because I love this school and this team! I have been through so much with this team over the last few years and it has made a huge impact on my life. I want to see this team continue to experience the success that we had when I was playing. My hope is that I can help these girls grow and improve their games, as well as hopefully help them be inspired by and learn from my own experiences.
Best thing about being a Penguin coach: My favorite part about coaching is just being out there with the girls! I love it! It is a little weird not being the one actually playing, but it is extremely rewarding and fun for me to be out there with them.
My golf/coaching superstitions are: I'm not sure if I really have any coaching superstitions yet, but who knows, they may develop as I coach more!
Person I would love to play a round of golf with: Jordan Spieth! (I mean, who wouldn't?)
Greatest sports moment: My favorite sports moment was definitely when we won conference my junior year! I was coming off a really good back nine, but I had no idea where our team stood in the rankings. When we found out we had won and we all bear hugged each other, crying, cheering, and smiling, there are really no words that can describe that feeling! It was the most incredible feeling I have ever experienced!
Best career competitive round: I would have to say my best career competitive round was at conference my junior year, when we won. It was the final round and it was neck and neck on the team leader board. My front nine had a few bumps in the road with a triple and a bogey. I knew I had to finish strong for my team, and something in me kicked it into gear. I then proceeded to play my back nine four under par to shoot even par for the day. This round not only helped the team to a team victory, but it also closed the 8 stroke gap between myself and the individual leader, and I ended up winning conference individually. As I said in the last question, it was the most incredible feeling I have ever had and that day will be a memory I will forever cherish.
Hobbies: When I am not golfing or attending class, I like to bring out my crafty side. I love upcycling things, making burlap wreaths and just anything that I can be creative with.