TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – Two talented in-state golfers in Alberto Martinez (Weston, Fla.) and Calvin Sierota (Melbourne, Fla.) have inked their National Letters of Intent to play for the Florida State Men’s Golf Team beginning in the 2018-19 season.
Martinez attends American Heritage Plantation High School and boasts plenty of accolades during his time in amateur golf. The long-time Florida State commit recently won the competitive Honda Classic High School Invitational on the Champions Course at PGA National. His 2-under score in the final round cemented his victory and helped provide a team win for his school as well.
“Alberto is a complete player who we have recruited for three years,” FSU head coach Trey Jones said. “We knew we liked his golf game but when we had an opportunity to spend time with Alberto and his family we knew he was a great fit for our program and culture. His positive attitude is contagious and you will be more impressed with him every time you see him.
“Coincidentally the player who defeated Alberto when he made the round of 32 at the US Junior was John Pak. We are all glad they will soon be on the same team.”
Martinez owns a few Top 10 finishes on the Florida State Golf Association circuit this year. At Trump National Doral, he tied for fifth with a three-round total of 217 (+1). He also placed eighth at Stone Creek Golf Club, with a two-round total of 144 (even), and won the 2016 North South Junior Amateur.
In 2016, Martinez finished second at the FJT at Black Bear Golf Club, and placed seventh at Stone Creek Golf Club. Among Floridian golfers in the class of 2018, Martinez is ranked 15th according to Golfweek.
The 2015 season was quite a year for Martinez. He won the Boys’ Junior Amateur Championship at Black Diamond Ranch in Lecanto, Fla., carding a 6-under 210 (69-71-70) over three rounds. He also finished first at Ocala National Golf Club on March 1, 2015, and garnered Top-five finishes at Gainesville Golf Club (T2), Bent Pine Golf Club (2), Brooksville Country Club (3), Orange County National (4) and PGA Golf Club (5).
The hard-working golfer has been a proven winner even early on, winning the prestigious Future Masters title for the 11-12 age group in 2012 at Dothan Country Club in Alabama.
Sierota attends Viera High School and prides himself on a longer game, possessing good strength, size and power. On the Florida Junior Tour, he won two tournaments in 2016, winning at Timacuan Golf and Country Club on May 15, 2016, as well as at Duran Golf Club on April 17, 2016.
In that same year, he also finished second at Belleair Country Club, carding a 1-under 141 over the two days. In 2015, he won at Brooksville Country Club and picked up three other Top-five finishes on the FJT.
One summer ago, Sierota qualified for the U.S Junior Amateur Championships going into his junior season. He is also a two-time FLORIDA TODAY Boys’ High School Golfer of the Year. He verbally committed to Florida State in Dec. 2015.
“You don’t have to look hard to find Calvin at a junior golf tournament, and it did not take us long to realize he has huge potential,” Jones added. “He is a tall guy with broad shoulders. His game will match up well on big golf courses where strength has an advantage. He has great mentors on and off the course and we are looking forward to seeing his development level over the next 4 ½ years.”
Recently, Sierota qualified as an individual for the state tournament, finishing as a medalist at Royal St. Cloud. One week prior, he won the District 16-3A tournament with a 69 at the same location.
“Both players are strong students and will be great representatives of our team, athletic department and university,” Jones said.
Florida State Men’s Golf begins its spring season on Feb. 12-13, 2018, at the Mobile Sports Authority Intercollegiate hosted by South Alabama.