When Marc Roberts was growing up in Coral Springs in the 80s and 90s, he probably had not envisioned that his daughter would one day be making a name for herself along the amateur golf circuit decades later.
Now, Roberts' daughter Taylor, 12, has not only participated in golf avidly since she was about 9-years-old, but has respectfully begun to pave the way for her to be on the links for many more years.
In fact, she was recently awarded the Player of the Year Award during the U.S. Kids Boca Raton Spring Tour, having competed in the girls age 12 to14 division, which was a direct reflection of her performance(points scored) during the tour.
"Winning the Player of the Year is a moment I will never forget," said Taylor Roberts, who is home-schooled so she can customize her golf schedule while still getting her education. "All of the hard work and dedication finally paid off."
During the Spring Tour, Roberts played on several different courses in Broward and Palm Beach counties. Her scores included: Coral Springs Country Club (77; 5 over par), Madison Green of West Palm Beach (82; 10 over par), Cypress Creek of Boynton Beach (78; 6 over par), Coral Springs Country Club (78; 6 over par), Ocean Breeze of Boca Raton (73; 1 over par).
Now, with Roberts' newest success from the local Spring Tour and having earned Player of the Year recognition, she has been invited to compete in the Florida State Championship in Orlando on July 28th and 29th, followed by the U.S. Kids World Championship in Pinehurst, NC on July 31st to Aug. 2nd.
But her golf accolades are no coincidence and certainly have not come easily. Her rigorous training schedule includes early morning workouts as well as practice on the course six to seven days each week. Her home course of Woodfield Country Club in Boca Raton, is where she has begun to build her golf resume and coach Jason Karchefsky has seen her evolve with the sport.
"Her work ethic is the best and she's out there all the time just doing whatever it takes to get better," said Karchefsky, who has been working with Roberts for about a year-and-a-half. "She's got a solid swing and a good short game, and she's very even-keeled out there, which can really help out during tournament play."
And while Karchefsky has been her coach for some time now, he gives Roberts all the credit for her most-recent success on the Spring Tour.
"It's an awesome feeling as a coach but it's very gratifying for her as the player, and to achieve that is great," said Karchefsky regarding Roberts' Player of the Year status. "She understands that the more she works at it, the better her results will be. She remains consistent and keeps on fine tuning her fundamentals."
Like many up-and-coming athletes, Roberts' supporters have been alongside her from the beginning, including her dad.
"It's great to see her put her mind to something and accomplish those goals that she sets for herself; she said she wants to get a college golf scholarship too," Marc Roberts said. "She's got confidence, which is so important in sports especially in an individualized game like golf, and it's great to see that her hard work is showing."