(WTNH)–She can run, she can hoop, and she can hit a golf ball pretty far, too. In an era of specialization, Daniel Hand of Madison’s Gabby Martin is a throwback, multi-sport athlete.
“I think she asked me one day how far I can drive the ball, and she was like, ‘coach, I can do that.’ That kind of hurt a little bit,” said golf coach Jon Wilson. “At the same time, I’m not surprised.”
No one should be surprised at what Gabby Martin can do. Not only is she one of the best golfers in the state, but she can ball, and runs cross country in the fall.
“I think it’s like cross-training for her,” Wilson said. “Three totally different disciplines has a way of activating certain parts of her consciousness and resolve to be as good as she can in multiple sports.”
But her first love is golf, a sport she’s been playing since the age of four.
“I think as soon as I started playing I just fell in love with the sport,” Martin said. “At first it was just like going out with my siblings, and once they went off to college, I kind of realized, I really like this sport.”
All three of her older siblings play golf, and she started out wanting just to keep up. Now, she can hit the ball just as far.
“With my driver, I average around 245, and my furthest drive was 260,” she said.
Martin continues to play golf in the summertime, and she’s won tournaments at Duke in North Carolina, and at Bethpage in New York. The scary thing is, she’s just as good on the court.
“As a two-year starter for us our record is 43-9, and we’ve made two straight appearances in the SCC final, and won the title this year,” said basketball coach Tim Tredwell. “You never say one kid is solely responsible for that. We’ve had two very good teams, but there’s no question she’s made a major impact on our program.”