UHV Men’s Golf Adds Transfer

University of Houston-Victoria head golf coach Christi Cano today announced the signing of transfer Aaron Martinez to the men’s golf program for the 2018-19 season.

Martinez transfers to UHV from Texas A&M-International University in Laredo.

He graduated from Veterans Memorial High School in Mission in 2017 and signed with the Dustdevils. During his four-year career at VMHS, he served as the team captain his junior and senior year and earned All-Valley first team recognition as well.

He was named to the all-district and all-area teams all four years in high school, while being a Class 5A regional qualifier all four years. He finished in the top 25 percent of his class and was on the AB honor roll.

“I chose to attend UHV because of their great business program, to play golf, and to hopefully take my team to a national championship,” Martinez said in making his commitment.

Martinez plans to study business finance while attending UHV.

Jordan Spieth knew he would be returning the Claret Jug to R&A officials on Monday at Carnoustie. He didn’t realize he would be part of a ceremony to do so.

“The traditions of The Open are very special, even if you’re on the wrong end of that one,” said Spieth, who won The Open at Royal Birkdale a year ago.

“It didn’t really hit me,” he said. “I thought maybe somebody would meet me in the parking lot, and I’d just give them the case back, and we’d move on. But it was a ceremony and because of that, it actually hit me harder.

“I was like, man, this was my possession. I took it to all the places that allowed me to get to where I am today. My family was able to take it around. Members of my team were able to take it. It’s the coolest trophy that our sport has to offer. So having to return that was certainly difficult; [it] kind of hit me a little bit there on the tee box.”

Spieth, 24, has not won since hoisting the Claret Jug with a dramatic back-nine charge at Royal Birkdale, struggling with various aspects of his game this year, most notably putting.

His best finish was third place at the Masters — he shot a final-round 64 — but since then Spieth has not cracked the top 20 in any event. He missed the cut at the Memorial and U.S. Open and tied for 42nd at the Travelers Championship.

“My game feels good, but I needed a break,” Spieth said. “I was kind of dragging along, cut-line golf for a while, and playing a pretty heavy schedule, and I needed to kind of get away from the game, which I did. I feel good about the way I did it and the coming back to it.”

As part of his respite, Spieth went to Seattle, where his sister, Ellie, performed in a cheerleading competition at the Special Olympics USA Games. While there, he took the opportunity to visit Chambers Bay, site of his 2015 U.S. Open victory, with his caddie, Michael Greller.

“We kind of walked down the 18th hole, and it was cool reliving those memories,” he said.

He also went to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a vacation getaway with friends.