June 2, 2005
WACO, Texas - After two successful seasons at the University of Georgia, junior Allison Martin (Bakersfield, Calif.) will transfer to Baylor for her final two seasons, head coach Sylvia Ferdon announced Thursday.
"Allison gives us the potential to be among the top 25 next year," Ferdon said. "She was a highly recruited junior player and responded with great success during her first two years of college golf. I believe she has great character and tremendous talent, and it is a thrill to have her want to play her last two years for Baylor."
Martin was the top individual finisher for the Bulldogs in four of nine events last year, including tying for eighth at the 2004 NCAA Fall Preview. She was named Southeastern Conference Golfer of the Week (4/1/04) after finishing second at the Liz Murphy Collegiate, finishing at 6-under par 210.
Martin posted a 3-1 record at the 2003 Hooters National Match Play, which included a 3 and 2 victory over Duke's Elizabeth Janangelo, then the nation's top-ranked player. She also tied for fourth at even-par 216 to lead Georgia to the team title at the 2003 Mason Rudolph Championship and shot a 2-under par 70 in the final round of the 2003 NCAA Preview.
During her junior golf career, Martin was a three-time Polo Golf All-American and a five-time winner on the AJGA Tour between 1999 and 2002. She was also a member of the 2001 and 2002 Cannon Cup Teams and the 2002 Ping Junior Solheim Cup Team. Martin won the Southern California State High School championship in 2001 and was a semifinalist at the 2002 U.S. Girls' Junior Amateur.
Martin is the daughter of Dan and Rhonda Martin, both Baylor graduates.