Athletics run in genes of semifinalist Shelton

ADA, Mich. - Robby Shelton has become the name floating around Egypt Valley and the junior golf world this week.

After being crowned this week’s “giant killer,” it turns out Shelton comes from quite a pedigree of athletes.

Robby’s father, Robert, says it all started with Shelton’s grandfather.

“My dad played for (famed Alabama football coach) Bear Bryant back in the day,” Robert Shelton said. “My dad was a senior when Bear came in to ’Bama his first year and made the team as a running back.”

The “Bear” took over the Crimson Tide in 1958, Bob Sheldon’s last year of college before graduating. Before playing for Bryant, he played three years for Jennings Whitworth.

Not only did Shelton’s grandfather have an athletic mold, his parents did as well. His mother, Debra, was a varsity softball player, and his father lettered in basketball, golf and football.

“I played a lot of sports,” Robert said. “Unfortunately I wasn’t good enough to play college for any of them.”

Robert had some interesting competition to crack his high school golf lineup. While he attended Davidson High in Mobile his teammates were Greg Jones who coached LSU from 1999-2005 and T.J. Jackson the University of South Alabama’s women’s golf coach.

Golf and athletics are certainly part of Shelton’s pedigree. Now the question is does he have a “winning” pedigree?

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