ODESSA – Emmy Martin didn’t play much golf, or even take the sport seriously, until about six years ago.
Then she applied herself and has become, arguably, the best junior golfer in Hillsborough County. She’s reaping the benefits of it now. The Odessa resident who attends Academy of the Holy Names recently signed her letter of intent with Texas Christian University, where she will play golf and continue her stellar academic career. She said school comes first, but she has her eyes on the LPGA prize.
TCU was the choice from the beginning, even after she received offers from plenty of colleges. All it took was a trip out to Fort Worth, Texas, to figure out that it was her destination.
“It all seemed right as soon as I got there,” Martin said. “I liked the school, the academics, the coach, and it seemed right.”
Martin isn’t laying low on the golf course now that she has a scholarship in hand. She is playing on several Florida junior tours and recently competed in the Harder Hall Women’s Invitational in Sebring. It’s a prestigious women’s event, in its 59th year. Martin finished second in a field that include plenty of college players. She was in the last pairing, playing alongside the eventual winner who was nearly twice Martin’s age.
Martin played basketball and did gymnastics before starting golf when she was in seventh grade. But she caught on quickly. After attending school at Holy Names, she drives to either TPA Tampa Bay or Carrollwood Country Club to practice before getting back to her studies. She never gets tired of it, she said.
And while she has won almost everything there is on the high school level, it looks like she’ll leave Holy Names without a state championship.
“For some reason I never play well in states,” Martin said. “But I play well in the big events that are really important.”