The USC men’s golf team is one of the youngest teams nationally – six of its nine players are underclassmen. The Daily Trojan sat down with sophomore Martin Trainer this week to talk about the program, his play and the future.
Daily Trojan: What attracted you to the USC men’s golf program? What went into your decision to attend USC?
Martin Trainer: During the recruiting process, I had the option of attending Stanford, Cal, UCLA, or USC. While each one of those schools had their strengths and weaknesses, USC was exceptional due to its elite golf program, coaches and especially the connections that come with being part of the Trojan Family.
DT: What is it like to play on a team with so many young guys?
Trainer: Playing on a Division I sports team is an experience I cherish and certainly will never forget. The guys are my brothers — I’ll stay in contact with them forever.
DT: The team has always been pretty ambitious about what it hopes to accomplish. What were the team’s goals this year?
Trainer: The team’s goal for this season has not changed. We compete every year to win the National Championship. The entire year is preparation for this championship and winning it would be a dream come true.
DT: What are the teams’ biggest strengths?
Trainer: The team’s strengths lie in the overwhelming amount of depth and talent we have from our top six players. Any one of these guys can play at a high level and compete with the best players in the nation.
DT: How about you personally?
Trainer: My personal strengths include my work ethic, which I take pride of, and my potential to be a top player. I have improved every year I’ve played golf since I’ve started and I have continued to do so throughout college. I’m highly optimistic that I can be an elite college player and some day a successful touring professional.
DT: What are your plans for the future?
Trainer: After college, I plan to play professionally and I intend on spending my remaining time here at USC working hard to prepare for it.