Robinson part of versatile, interesting VEMA group


Jim Robinson is a popular member of the Viera East Men's Golf Association.

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Conversations during a round of golf at Viera East Golf Club can be interesting. Just ask any of the members of the Viera East Men’s Golf Association.

VEMA members come from all over, boasting different backgrounds in education, military service and even the corporate world. Others were government officials and another was knighted by Queen Elizabeth.

Jim Robinson, a popular VEMA golfer, has won the club championship four times. Robinson and his wife Judy moved to Viera 17 years ago, and they never have regretted the move. Both worked for the Brevard County School system. Jim Robinson, who earned his bachelor’s degree at Mississippi State University and his master’s degree at Rollins College, taught at Merritt Island High School. He also coached basketball and golf at the school. He was a teacher of the year three times and a teacher of the year finalist in 2001.

The couple have four children and seven grandchildren, who all live nearby.

Robinson was VEMA’s vice president from 2004 to 2006 and he was VEMA’s president in 2013. He also has been a board member and he now is the handicap chairman. He plays golf several times a week.

"We considered several golf communities in central Brevard and felt our choice of Viera East was the right one," Robinson said. "The friendships that we've made through neighbors, social interactions and golf have certainly enriched our life."

VEMA’s members have handicaps ranging from the single digits to 30 and above. Each week, the tournament director chooses a competition format and works with the pro shops to create flights of similarly skilled players.

After the event, several players gather at Divot’s Grill for lunch and a drink. While some are eating, the tournament director and the pro shop compile the results into the computer and the winners are announced. This adds to stories about the round featuring missed putts, one bad hole or a great tee shot.

The latest VEMA event was a three-man team competition.

John Wierda, Freddie Baltazar and Frank Westwell won with a first-place score of 65.

Tony Sellman, Jack Webb and Lorenzo Battle shot 66 to place second.

Bob David, James Alt and Dave Hogan shot 69 to place third, edging Craig Smith, David Hill and Tony Hines who also shot 69.

Alan Pinette on No. 4, Wierda on No. 7, Alt on No. 13 and Wierda on No. 16 were closest-to-the-pin.