Aug 252011
 

Mo Martin gets set for Albany

LOOKING TO EARN LPGA CARD IN ALBANY

VIDALIA, GA, (Aug. 24)  – With her win two weeks ago at the LPGA Futures Tour’s Eagle Classic in Richmond, VA, Mo Martin charged from 5th to #3 on the 2011 season money. It was a timely move for the veteran California-pro hoping to earn LPGA Tour membership for the first time.

Martin currently trails top-ranked Kathleen Ekey by $17,477 in this year’s “J Golf Race For The Card,” but the three-time Futures Tour career winner appears to be peaking at just the right point in the season. She has posted 10 top-10 finishes in 14 starts this year, with top-seven finishes in her last four tournaments. Martin currently has pocketed season earnings of $48,208.

The “J Golf Race For The Card” culminates on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Price Chopper Championship in Albany, N.Y., and the most coveted prize is to be among the top-10 money winners at the end of that event. Those top-10 players will earn 2012 LPGA Tour membership, with the top five finishers earning full LPGA status.

“This is a very crucial part of the season and this win means a whole bunch,” said Martin, 28, of Altadena, CA, following her win in Richmond. “It’s wonderful that I won, but this isn’t the end of the season. We still have two tournaments left.”

And Martin will be focused on what she can do this week in Vidalia, GA, at the Vidalia Championship presented by Optim Medical Center – Tattnall. With “Mona,” the long putter she has used since her teenage years, Martin’s best offense will come on the Hawk’s Point Golf Club greens. The Californian led the Futures Tour in putting last year and again leads the tour in 2011 with an average of 28.65 putts per round.

She also leads the Futures Tour in her career-best scoring average of 70.97 strokes per round, par-3 scoring average (3.017 strokes per round), and is second in sub-par rounds (54 percent), par-4 average (3.985 strokes), sub-par holes (136 in 41 rounds) and birdies (136 in 41 rounds).

But while her numbers are solid, the former UCLA collegian wants nothing more than to use her six seasons on the Futures Tour as a firm foundation for her future on the LPGA Tour. If Martin stays on track in the final two events, she will see that dream come true next month.

Martin’s three Futures Tour wins have been witnessed by her favorite gallery member, her 99-year-old grandfather, Lincoln Martin, who has flown from his home in California for at least a half dozen of his granddaughter’s tournaments this year. He plans to attend the final two.

The elder Martin has been a fixture on the tour for her entire career, so for his 100th birthday in 2011, it’s safe to say what his favorite birthday gift will be. If Mo Martin has it her way, that celebration will start in New York next month when she raises her 2012 LPGA card.

Special Note: Viewers may watch live streaming on Saturday from this week’s inaugural Vidalia Championship by clicking the link on LPGAFuturesScoring.com. A live show from the tournament will be streamed Saturday from noon to 12:30PM on WTOC.com, the CBS affiliate out of Savannah, GA.

John R. Craig

John R. CraigJohn Craig has covered local amateur to top pro golf for Capitalareagolf.com since 2008. He has covered news and sports in the Capital Area on TV, radio and print since 2000.