Junior diary: Super excited for Scotland
My week at the Junior PGA Championship was a blast in every way possible. I arrived in Fort Wayne, Ind., Saturday and we had a players meeting. I got to see all of my friends. Sunday was my practice round. I got to play with Suzie Lee, one of my good friends who was also at Canon Cup. We had an 8:20 a.m. tee time, and even though it was early, it was wonderful because we played it fast and had a blast.
The first round of play was on Monday and I played with Alison Lee and Ashlan Ramsey. I didn’t play as well as I wanted to, but I was in good position for the rest of the week after shooting a 1-over 73. Going into the second day, I had a late tee time and was really excited to play. When I woke up, it was storming and after I relaxed in my hotel room for a little while, I went to the course early and see what was going on. When I got to the clubhouse everyone was inside because the weather had suspended play. Being the social one, I found all of my friends playing cornhole outside. My friend Collins and I went beast mode and won over 10 games in a row. However, we got beat in the last game. Trust me: We were so much better than them.
Emma Talley, 16, will file a diary each week this summer as she plays some of the premier junior events in the country.
Talley is a two-time Rolex Junior All-American and has six AJGA victories. She holds both the AJGA's 54-hole scoring record for girls (15-under 198) and the record for largest margin of victory (22 shots).
After all the fun and games, the rules officials came out with some bad news – the second round was cancelled. After lunch a bunch of my friends and I went to the movies at the mall, then to Outback for dinner. Let me just tell y’all it was sooooooo good! We all had a blast and it was extremely fun, but we all knew we had to be ready for the next day of play.
Golf is a weird sport because just when you think you can’t do any worse, it gets worse. My second round started OK, but I ended with 75. Going into the last round of play, I was six shots back and wanted to make a comeback. I was ready to go low. I was 2 under after six holes and wasn’t doing anything spectacular, so I knew I could keep it going. However, just as I was saying, golf is a weird sport where you never know what can happen. I ended my front nine even-par after making an incredible chip on No. 9. Even though the front nine didn’t go as great as I wanted it to, I realized that if I could just keep my score were it was, it would be OK. I just tried to play one shot at a time, but it just didn’t quite work out for me. When I bogeyed the 18th hole, I ended it with a 76. I tied for 11th, which was better than the year before, so I realized I needed to be happy and work harder.
I wanted to thank Mr. Chris Childress for all he did for us during the tournament. I wasn’t expecting anything more than a smile in return, but he gave me some wonderful news. There was one spot on the Junior Ryder Cup Team left and that the captain of the team was looking at four girls for one spot. Mr. Childress told me to wait around a little bit longer and he would know something soon. An hour went by and Mr. Childress still hadn’t gotten the call from the captain. I left the course and just prayed to get on the team. God blessed me, I got a call from Mr. Childress. He told me I was his first phone call and that I had better pack my bags, because I was going to Scotland! I am soooooo excited and I can’t wait until September.
The only thing I am kind of upset about is that school starts on Thursday! I have a hard schedule, but I am excited to see my friends.
Anyway, y’all have a good one!