Marty Robinson is poised to post his best Elite Series finish ever. Coming into the final round, he's second. His best previous finish was seventh at Grand Lake in his rookie season (2007). In the past three years he seems to have turned a corner in his career.
His first three years in the Elites were obviously learning experiences. Robinson finished 64th, 86th and 80th in the AOY standings in 2007, 2008 and 2009, respectively. Since then, he's been solid. He jumped up to 43rd in 2010, missing the Classic by six spots. Last year he was 35th and earned his first Classic berth. This year, he ranks ninth and is looking to make another Classic. He definitely seems to have found himself as an angler.
Robinson's story is a bit unusual, though. For the most part, the anglers who struggle early in their Elite careers never turn it around. Terry Butcher has been another exception, though he struggled in 2011 and is just starting to get back on track.