THIS SEASON Martin Trainer, a 2012 junior, is an all-conference performer who won the 2011 Pac-10 title as a sophomore and played in his first PGA event this summer. USC's leader in stroke average last season, Trainer figures to be a major key in the Trojans' fortunes in 2012.
2010-2011 Trainer earned 2011 All-Pac-10 first team honors as a sophomore, not only winning the conference crown after a seven-hole sudden death playoff but helping the Trojans to the Pac-10 team title in extra holes as well ... He had six top 8 finishes on the season, including his Pac-10 win that saw him finish at 5-under 275 (68-68-69-70) before battling Oregon State's Alex Moore for seven holes (Trainer finally won with a par on the 18th hole, the only hole they played). While in regulation, Trainer had to two-putt from 90 feet to force both a team and individual playoff (he got to within five feet after the first putt and tapped in the second putt to keep he and USC alive). He earned USC's 21st conference individual title and it was his first as a college player ... Trainer, who led USC in stroke average (72.46) and tied for team high with nine rounds in the 60s, finished seventh at the 2011 NCAA San Diego Regional at 3-under 213 (73-71-69) ... He warmed up for the Pac-10s by tying for fourth at the ASU Thunderbird, where he carded a 4-under 209 (74-66-69), and tying for fifth at the Western Intercollegiate at even 210 (70-69-71). His 66 at the Thunderbird was a season best ... He had two top 10 results in the fall, a tie for seventh at the Gifford Intercollegiate at 2-over 215 (73-70-72) and a tie for eighth at the Bill Cullum Invitational at even 216 (71-71-74) ... Trainer, thanks to his Pac-10 win, earned an amateur's exemption into the PGA Tour's Reno-Tahoe Open in August. He didn't waste the opportunity, making the cut in his first PGA event before tying for 71st at 3-over 291 (72-72-74-73) ... Earlier in the summer, Trainer was seventh at the Pacific Coast Amateur at 6-under 282 (76-70-70-66).
2009-2010 Trainer, as a 2010 freshman, was ranked among the top 100 players in the country and was a consistent performer, earning 2010 NCAA All-West Region honors with six top 21 finishes and four others in the top 40. His stroke average of 73.11 was third-best on the team. He posted a season-best tie for 12th at the Ping-Golfweek Preview, tied for 18th at The Prestige at 3-over 219 (74-71-74), tied for 19th at the Olympia Fields-Fighting Illini Invitational and the Stanford Intercollegiate and tied for 21st at the Mauna Lani Invitational. He tied for 28th at the Pac-10 Championships and tied for 21st at the NCAA Regional. In the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship, Trainer won his first three matches and halved his final match (before falling in sudden death).
HIGH SCHOOL Trainer prepped at Gunn High in Palo Alto, Calif. ... He qualified for four USGA events during his high school career, including the U.S. Junior twice (2007, 2008) as well as the 2007 U.S. Public Links and the 2007 U.S. Amateur. Martin also qualified for and made match play in the 2008 California State Amateur and just missed qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Open. In 2009, Trainer won the 2009 NorCal Championship and played in the California State Championship ... In 2008, Martin won the prestigious San Francisco City Amateur against a field of the best amateur players of all ages in Northern California. At 16 at the time, he was the youngest player to win the event in its 92-year history.
CAREER NOTES Lowest Round 66, Pac-10 Championships, 2010 2011 ASU Thunderbird Lowest 54-hole score 209, 2011 ASU Thunderbird Invitational Best Finish1st (in 7-hole playoff), 2011 Pac-10 Championships