Third-year professional MO MARTIN of Altadena, Calif., grabbed her second career win last week at the Duramed FUTURES Tour’s USI Championship in Concord, N.H. Martin carded a 5-under-par final-round score of 67 to finish at 204 (-12), beating runner-up GERINA MENDOZA of Roswell, N.M., by four shots. Mendoza posted a 54-hole score of 8-under-par 208.
Martin broke the tournament course record at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Saturday’s second round with a score of 6-under-par 66 and set the USI Championship’s tournament record for events held at Beaver Meadow with her three-round total of 204.
The previous 54-hole hole record at Beaver Meadow was held by her good friend and former UCLA teammate CHARLOTTE MAYORKAS of California, who won the 2006 tournament at 9-under 207. Mayorkas is now a member of the LPGA. The tournament’s overall record of 201 (-15) is held by Tour alum ERICA BLASBERG of California, who won the inaugural New Hampshire tournament in 2004, when it was staged at Canterbury Woods Country Club. Blasberg also is now an LPGA member.
Martin recorded three birdies on the front, and one bogey and three birdies on the back nine in Sunday’s final round to cruise in for the win, capping off the victory with a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole. Her 96-year-old grandfather, Lincon Martin, made the trip from California to Concord and was able to see his granddaughter win her second professional event. He also was present in 2007, when she won her first tournament as a professional in El Paso, Texas.
“This feels like a fairytale,” said the winner, who also was presented with flowers and a Bulova watch.