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Martin: golf’s next star

Sophomore Samantha Martin had quite the season this year for the Boise State women’s golf team.

“It was a really great season,” Martin said. “I played really well and I was proud on how I played.”

She capped it off at last week’s Mountain West Championships with a 10th place finish and it’s the second year in a row that the Broncos have had a top 10 finisher.

“I was really happy with Sam’s performance,” head coach Nicole Bird said. “She played really strong and didn’t really make any mistakes. It was awesome.”

Martin had a record-breaking season for the Broncos as she broke numerous school records during the course of the season.

“It’s pretty incredible to be able to break records,” Martin said. “I have never done that before so that was really cool.”

Her climb to the top began at a young age when she started playing golf at the age of eight.

“My dad first taught me the game,” Martin said. “He pretty much taught me everything from the beginning to where I am now.”

Surprisingly, she wasn’t a fan of the game during her first few years of playing and her love for the game came afterward.

“At a young age I was just going with it,” Martin said. “I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was 10.”

As Martin’s love for the game grew she knew she wanted to play golf at the next level and started looking at schools to go to.

“I was looking for school in California and didn’t find any so I started looking out of state and found Boise State,” Martin said. “I felt they had a really good golf program so I wanted to come here.”

It wasn’t long before Martin officially became a Bronco and she has become a perfect addition to the program.

“I personally recruited her,” Bird said. “I realized that she would be a good fit here but I didn’t know she would be this good of a fit.”

This season, Boise State was looking to replace their number one golfer Hailey Young from last season and Martin was one of the top candidates to replace her.

“I knew she had the potential to do that,” Bird said. “I was hopeful that she would and she did an awesome job.”

Martin took the top spot for the Broncos and emerged as one of team’s leaders this season.

“I do think of myself as a leader because the other girls do look up to me because I play really well and they want to know how I do it,” Martin said.

Hard work and dedication has fueled Martin’s success here at Boise State.

“She is one of the hardest workers in the weight room,” Bird said. “She is one of the role models for the team because she pushes herself extremely hard.”

Despite all her success, Martin is always striving to get better.

“There is always something to improve upon,” Martin said. “I plan on just continuing to play consistent and getting better by working on every aspect of my game.”

She plans on doing this by competing in several United States Golf Association events over the summer to prepare her for next season.

This is all to help her reach her main goal for next season for not only her to make it to regionals but the team as well.

“It’s kind of crazy to think about it,” Martin said. “I know we can do it because we all work really hard and have so much potential.”

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Brandon is a senior at Boise State where he is majoring in communication. He transferred to Boise State in 2012 from TVCC in Ontario, Oregon. Brandon has been writing sports for The Arbiter since Spring 2013 and just recently became the Assistant Sports Editor for The Arbiter. He is also involved with the Boise State radio station the Pulse and has several radio shows. His dream job is to work as a sports broadcaster for a big network such as ESPN as well as continuing writing sports for a major newspaper or magazine. In his spare time he watches sports, movies, plays video games, and owns people in ping pong.