Alotenango, Sacatepequez, Guatemala (March 31, 2014) - A third round of 9-under par 63 that featured a spectacular run of four birdies and one eagle over the final five holes, secured California’s Martin Trainer the OHL Round of the Week Award at the Stella Artois Open in Guatemala.
The course record setting performance helped Trainer finish in a tie for third on his very first career start ever on NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica. The 22-year old has conditional status on the Tour and had entered the event by finishing in a tie for the third spot at the Monday qualifier.
“I just made a lot of putts and to be frank I was very lucky as well,” said Trainer, who made one eagle, eight birdies and only one bogey in Saturday's third round in which he took just 23 putts. “Obviously, to have a round like that you have to play well and be lucky and that’s exactly what happened.”
His great execution on the greens at the Fuego Maya Golf Course helped him save several pars on the difficult front nine. On 14 he chipped in for birdie to get to 4-under for the day and at the point he thought that finishing at 5-under for the day should be good enough. That birdie on 14 turned out to be the start of a run of 6-under par over the last five holes.
“I was lucky to make all those birdies down the stretch,” he said. “I mean, just the 18th hole, I practically hit it out-of-bounds and it kicked back in the middle of the fairway and I ended up making a ten-footer for eagle. I mean, that’s just luck.”
Trainer, whose highlight of the year was qualifying for the PGA TOUR’s Sony Open in Hawaii in January, is the third player to claim the $1,000 check presented by OHL as part of this weekly prize.
The other winners this season, both setting course records as well, were Colombia’s Manuel Marizalde, who carded an 11-under 60 during the third round of the Arturo Calle Colombian Open, and Argentina’s Mauricio Molina, who posted a 10-under 61 at the TransAmerican Power Products CRV Open.