Feb. 2, 2015
GoFrogs.com recently had a chance to visit with Emmy Martin. The freshman from Odessa, Fla., had a team-best 73.9 stroke average in the fall.
Q: What made you decide to come to TCU?
A: I just loved everything about TCU. The campus, the coaches, the golf program and its history. When I was little I lived in Allen, so I was familiar with Texas and the area.
Q: How does it feel to be a part of the TCU golf program?
A: I love it here. I'm so proud to be a part of our program this year, and there's just so much excitement and energy on our team.
Q: A tradition with the TCU women's golf program is to have a nickname. Do you have one yet?
A: Yes, my name is Hollywood. I wear sunglasses a lot. On the golf course, I wear aviators so my coach gave me the name of Hollywood.
Q: What are your expectations for the spring season?
A: We set our goals. I want to play in every tournament, and I want to win so that's obviously what I'm going for. We want to make it to regionals and then past that, but first things first.
Q: How do you like TCU?
A: I love it. I love the sprit of TCU, and it's just such a fun atmosphere. I painted up with some of my teammates for the football games.
Q: Why did you choose to play golf?
A: I played pretty much every sport growing up. I played basketball and I was into competitive gymnastics and cheerleading. My dad has always made me play a little bit and taken me to the driving range, so when I got too tall for gymnastics my dad was like okay, you're going to play golf. I started playing in seventh grade.
Q: How does it feel to be a freshman and have the lowest stroke average?
A: That was my goal coming into TCU. I want to play the best golf I can, and I want to reach my fullest potential here.
Q: What do you see as one of the strengths of your game?
A: Since I've been at TCU, I've improved a lot mentally. I would say short game would be a strength and I hit the ball pretty straight.
Q: Tell us about the family atmosphere in the TCU golf program?
A: Our team is really close and I would say they're all my friends, which is really cool. They've all included me especially being a freshman, and we have five seniors and they just took me in right away.
Q: This year's national championships are in Florida. How special would it be to play in your home state?
A: That's definitely a big motivation I have. I saw they're playing at Concession in Florida. I've never played there, but one of my friends is a member there and I know it's a really nice course. It's also pretty close to where I live so that would be really cool to go back home for the national championships.
Q: How do you balance your time between studying and golf?
A: It's kind of tricky, but I make it work. I get it all done eventually.
Q: Another tradition with TCU women's golf is early morning workouts. How do you like them?
A: I personally like working out in the morning. I feel like we get it done in a sufficient amount of time. Everyone is energized, and we're all encouraging each other in the mornings. If you listen to our workouts, you would think it's 9 o'clock at night even though it's 5:45 a.m.
Q: Tell us about head coach Angie Ravaioli-Larkin?
A: She's an incredible coach. I've grown so much as a person just by having her as a coach, and I've learned so much from her on the golf course this year.
Q: Would you say you've changed as a freshman in general?
A: I think I've grown a lot in just the little time I've been here. I've matured more, too.