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Winter 2019

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At the start of the 2018 golf season, Palo Alto's Martin Trainer tweeted out two goals. Earning his PGA Tour card seems obvious. As for the second one? To play with Steph Curry at the Ellie Mae Classic. He went 2-for-2, and went from Monday qualifying for the Web.com Tour to a two-time winner on that circuit and a PGA Tour rookie in 2018-19. It's a remarkable journey for the 27-year- old Southern Cal grad, who still calls the Bay Area home. Q: How would you describe your junior and amateur career and its role in your development into a tour player? MT: I was born in Marseille, France—my mom is French— and my family moved to Palo Alto when I was five. Palo Alto Mu- nicipal Golf Course and Stanford Golf Club were my home clubs. Nowadays, you'll find me teeing it up at the Cal Club. I was a bit of a late bloomer. I played the NCGA Junior at Lake Merced. That was a big tournament for me, but it wasn't until 16-17 that I started playing some of the bigger amateur events to get ready for college. I won the 2008 San Francisco City and that gave me a big boost of confidence that maybe I could make a career in golf. Q: How do you explain your rise from playing a Web.com Tour qualifier to winning that week and eventually earning your PGA Tour card? MT: It was a crazy journey. I barely missed the second stage at 2017 Q-School and that was a devastating blow. I had been making forward progress and thought I had the talent, but you start think- ing, Should I look for a job? What am I going to do? I decided let's play another year and see what happens. In hindsight, it seems ridiculous because I ended up winning twice on the Web.com and here I am. It's still hard for me to believe it considering where I started. Q: What are your fondest memories from being part of the NCGA's winning team at the 2011 Morse Cup? MT: I played the Morse Cup at Martis Camp. I cherish the videos of my swing taken on the driving range that week. I still have them on my computer. As a matter of fact, I looked at those videos a couple weeks before my second win at the Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Web.com Tour. They were helpful in under- standing what I was doing well then and why those things could help me now. Those videos from the Morse Cup helped me get to the PGA Tour seven years later, which is pretty cool. Q: You made five starts in the Fall portion of the PGA Tour calendar. What's the difference being in the big leagues? MT: Everything and nothing. The courses are more difficult, but it's still golf. I know I have the game to compete out here, but it's really hard. I have to play really well. I never realized how hard it would be just to make the cut. Q: Any "Welcome to the Tour" moment? MT: Not really except for at the first tournament at Napa, The Safeway, I kept running into guys like Phil Mickelson and Fred Couples and thinking, 'Wow, I'm on the Tour.' I remember seeing Jim Furyk win the U.S. Open at Olympia Fields and 15 years later he's still out here and I'm playing alongside him. These are guys I was watching and studying. I'm still at the stage where I can't believe I'm playing the same events with these guys I grew up admiring. 14 WINTER 2019 | NCGA.ORG Cameron Champ (pictured at left) , a Sacramento native who finished third in the 2017 NCGA Player of the Year standings, earned his maiden victory on the PGA Tour in just his second start as a tour member at the Sanderson Farms Championship...Linda Tunney has retired as the AT&T Pebble Beach Junior Golf Association's executive director after 24 years. The Association introduces golf to young people between the ages of 6 and 17 who live and attend school in Monterey County…The 2017 Safeway Open at Silverado Resort was recognized as the "Most Fan-First Event," an award honoring the PGA Tour tournament which provides the best fan experience through ticket package options and pricing, food and beverage offerings, parking and accessibility, onsite amenities and social media engagement...Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup Champion Alex Morgan have been named the newest PGA Jr. League Ambassadors...Pebble Beach Company opened its new Pebble Beach Visitor Center Nov. 13, commemorating the kick-off of the company's centennial celebration in 2019. Located adjacent to The Lodge at Pebble Beach, the 8,000-square-foot Visitor Center features an exhibit area, which celebrates a century of Pebble Beach history through narrative, interactive exhibits and displays...American Golf Corp. sold Seascape Golf Club (pictured at right) , an 18-hole course in Aptos dating to 1926, to a local ownership group in November. MARTIN TRAINER, PGA Tour Age: 27 S H A G B A G PGA TOUR News to Know

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