Robyn leaves MU golf team

Tuesday, May 4, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:22 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tim Robyn has never seen his 8-year-old son Davis play baseball. He hasn’t watched his 11-year-old-daughter Kayla play soccer this year.

His desire to spend more time with his family prompted Robyn to resign as coach of the Missouri men’s golf team Monday. He coached the Tigers for seven seasons.

“I need to pursue something where I can spend more time with my three kids and my wife,” he said. “I just felt like this is the right time now that the season is over.”

Robyn’s older children live with their mother in Kentucky. Robyn lives with his second wife and their two-year-old daughter in Jefferson City. As his children become older and more involved in activities, Robyn said he needs to spend more time going to see them because they aren’t able to travel to mid-Missouri.

“It was already a commute,” he said. “I just felt like there was always travel.”

All business

Robyn will not pursue another coaching position. Instead, he hopes to try a career in business. He plans to stay in Jefferson City where his wife, Angie, works as a judge.

“There’s a lot of things in coaching that don’t really relate to playing the game. That’s made it so there can be a transition,” he said. “You’re budgeting, you’re fundraising; you have to have a lot of skills at your disposal. I’ve learned a lot, just watching the people at Mizzou.”

Robyn has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Stanford University, where he was an All-American golfer. After college, he played on several professional tours, chiefly the PGA’s Hogan Tour, which is now the Nationwide Tour.

“I enjoyed coach Robyn,” freshman golfer Beau Crawford said. “He’s a great golf coach. He just allowed me to pick his brain for a year and that’s what I did, just taking away as much knowledge as I can take from him.”

Robyn recruited Crawford out of Kirksville High.

Robyn has been calling his players to tell them about his resignation. Crawford said Robyn’s resignation surprised him, but he did not attribute it to the Tigers’ disappointing season.

Missouri won its second meet of the year on Sept. 30, but did not finish higher than fifth the rest of the year. The team finished 11th in the Big 12 Conference Championship on April 27 and was not invited to NCAA regional competition. In 2002 the team finished fifth at the Big 12 Championship and was invited to regionals. It was invited in 2001 as well.

“He’s been playing golf long enough that he knows it can happen,” Crawford said.

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