Athlete of the Week Archive

April 17, 2007

LARAMIE, Wyo. -


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Jonelle Martinez


Do you remember the first round of golf that you ever played?
"I don't think so. I remember the first major tournament that I played in. I was nine or ten and we only played nine holes because we were 11 and under, so I remember having score keepers there because they at that age they kept our scores for us and they followed us in carts. I was really fun for me and I really enjoyed it."

Did you play any other sports other than golf while you were growing up?
"I pretty much played every sport there was. I'm very athletic and my family is as well. I played basketball, volleyball and soccer. I also used to play softball and pretty soon I had to choose between softball and golf when I was pretty young and I chose golf."

How has this season progressed for you?
"It's been different, but it's nice though. I was really ready to move on to the next step. The high school and junior golf tournaments were fun, but down in New Mexico, there wasn't that much competition so it was kind of hard to push myself. I came here and I knew what I wanted to do and I did it and I'm still working on my goals."

What is your favorite course you've played this year?
"I really like Ptarmigan but I can't really decide between Ocotillo and the course we played at Notre Dame. I did well at both of those courses and they were really good courses for my type of game."

What would you say is the strength of your game?
"When I was younger, I used to putt really well, and I think that I still do, but sometimes I mess up. I've always considered that the strength of my game."

What is your favorite club to hit?
"I do like my putter, but hitting wise, I do like my pitching wedge because I like those shots that are from 100 yards in and being able to stick to the pin."

How do you stay focused during a round of 36 holes?
"I just try to take one hole at a time because that's all you can do. It's tough. The first time coach made us play 36 holes here at Jacoby, it was so hard. I had never done that before and I was dying after it, but you get used to after a while. For me it's mental and I have to keep that aspect of it up."

Is there one thing that sticks out in your mind that has happened this year; good or bad?
"The one thing that sticks out in my mind for this year is when we went down to play at Ptarmigan. I played as an individual and we had 36 the first day and I remember getting up to the tee box and being so nervous. After that, it kind of cooled down and everything was fine."

Did you have a favorite player that you wanted to win last weekend's Masters?
"Phil Mickelson. He's my favorite. Phil Mickelson is a down-to-earth guy and a down-to-earth player. I think that he is pure talent...and I just look up to that."

Do you have a favorite stand up comedian?
"Stand up wise I'd have to say George Lopez or Carlos Mencia."

Who is the team clown, or team comedian?
"I don't know. I guess I am one of the people who's screwing around, but I'm also kind of quiet, so I don't know who would...I think that if Michelle were there, she's always messing around. I think we're all kind of wacky in our own right. It keeps it fun."

What is the one thing that if you forgot when going on a road trip, you'd be completely lost?
"My cell phone. I know it sounds really bad, but either my makeup or my cell phone. The girls and coach always make fun of me because I'm always calling someone or texting someone."

Adam Scott, Tom Brady, Andy Roddick or Sergio Garcia?
"I would have to say Tom Brady. I've had a crush on him since forever ago. I don't know, I just like football players."