Has played in 18 tournaments with a stroke average of 73.55 over 51 rounds.
2016-17: Played in seven tournaments – four in the starting lineup and three as an individual • Lowered his stroke average to 73.37 • Finished in the top 10 in three of his four fall starts – sixth at Duke, T10 at Olympia Fields and T8 at the Tar Heel • Shot 71 or better in seven of his first eight rounds • Shot a season-best 78 in the second round at the Seahawk in Wilmington • Qualified for the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2015-16: Started all 11 events • Stroke average of 73.66 was fourth-best on the team • Posted three of UNC’s best five rounds – a season-low 64 at the Sea Best Invitational and 66s at Bridgestone and General Hackler • Three top 10s, including third at Sea Best, fourth at Bridgestone and T7 at Primland • Also was T12 at General Hackler • Carolina’s low finisher in two events (Sea Best and General Hacker) • Season-best 9-under par at Bridgestone when he shot 70-66-71.
Prep: Led Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines to 2013 and 2015 state championships and a runner-up finish in 2014 • Teamed with his brother, Zach, to win the 2013 title • Finished fourth in individual competition at the 2014 state championship and fifth in the 2015 state championship • His second round 67 was the low round of the 2015 Tournament by three strokes and was the only round in the 60s • Three-time conference player of the year • Stroke average of 70 as a junior and 69 as a senior • Played for Coach Rich Wainwright • North Carolina Academic Scholar and member of the National Honor Society.
Amateur: Semifinalist at the 2016 North Carolina Amateur Match Play Championship (was No. 1 seed after two rounds of stroke play) • Round of 16 at the 2016 North and South Amateur • The No. 1 ranked player in the state of North Carolina and No. 14 in the nation by Golfweek in 2015 • AJGA Rolex All-America selection in 2010 and 2012 • The 2014 North Carolina Junior Player of the Year by the Tar Heel Youth Golf Association and the Carolinas Golf Association • Won the 2014 North Carolina Amateur with rounds of 67-65-71-67 becoming the youngest champion in event’s history • Ranked 20th in the country (as of 8/21/15) in the Polo Golf Rankings • Won the 2014 Jones Cup Junior at Sea Island, Ga., after shooting 66 in the first round • Won the Donald Ross Junior at Pinehurst in 2011, 2012 and 2014 • Runner-up at the 2012 Southern Junior, the 2012 AJGA Exide Technologies Junior Open and the 2014 AJGA Davis Love III Junior Open • Placed fourth at the 2014 Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational • Two-time qualifier for the U.S. Amateur (2013 and 2014).
Personal: Born Joshua Gray Martin in Wilson, N.C. • Son of Bowie and Julie Martin • Birthday is October 23 • Majoring in sports administration • Likes to play basketball and ping pong, watch sports and movies and go fishing • Enjoys listening to Taylor Swift • Favorite hole at UNC Finley is No. 15 because it is the most difficult • Favorite golfer is Tiger Woods • Best advice is from his dad – “Commit to the shot” • Favorite non-golfer athlete is Lionel Messi • Favorite Tar Heel is Michael Jordan • Would like to have met Donald Ross • Admires Jordan Spieth for his talent and work ethic • Low career round is 62 at the 2008 Pepsi Little Peoples at the Riverview GC in Canton, Mo. • Favorite course is Harbour Town Golf Links in Hilton Head because it requires precision but is fair • The club he plays best under pressure is his putter • Best shot was at age 11 when he aced the 15th hole at the U.S. Kids World Championship, a tournament he went on to win by a single stroke • Dream foursome includes Woods, Arnold Palmer and Bill Murray.