Junior Diary: Impressions of the U.S. Girls’ Jr.

Emma Talley set the AJGA record for lowest 54-hole total and largest margin of victory during the Huntsville Junior. She has since given a verbal commitment to Alabama.

Hey, y’all!

Sometimes golf just doesn’t work out the way you want it to. However, if you make it fun, it doesn’t upset you as badly, and unfortunately that is what I learned at the U.S. Girls’ Junior Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C.

My parents and I flew out on Friday and got to North Carolina a little after lunchtime. We took the day pretty easy and I registered and just looked around. The best part was I got to see a lot of my friends, which is always a blast.

Saturday and Sunday were practice rounds, except on Sunday I just played nine holes. Saturday’s practice round was a lot of fun, because I got to play at 8:20 a.m. with Cindy Feng, who is a wonderful golfer. My caddie, Bruce, and I got to teach her some country talk. By the end of the round she was saying y’all pretty dang good!

Anyway, the practice round went very well and I learned a lot about the course. That night they had a welcome party for the juniors. It was so much fun and the food was AMAZING!

Sunday, I played with one of my friends, Sloane. We had a blast and just got some good practice in. That night they had a dinner and we had to wear a dress again! I wore my little sundress and got to see all my friends look completely different because they weren’t wearing hats. I had a little adventure after the dinner because I missed my shuttle going back to the hotel, but thank goodness that I had become friends with the shuttle bus driver, Bill. He came back and got me after my mom heard him at the hotel say he was finished for the night! Thank you Bill!

Monday started the stroke play for the tourney and all day I felt like I was playing bad, but I just kept trying to get pars and knock ‘em close. I ended up shooting a 75, which was in pretty good shape, and I was well beyond the cut line. Therefore, I knew I just needed a pretty good round the next day to make it to match play. Tuesday my tee time was pretty early and I felt like a played ten times better, but just couldn’t get the score going. I was 2-under after 6 but ended up shooting a 73. I was tied for 10th, which was very good for me. After my round my really good friend, Collins Bradshaw, and I went back to her hotel room just to hang. Let me just tell y’all I have never seen so many clothes in a hotel room in my life, I think she brought all of her clothes, but it’s all good!

The next day started match play, which was fine, but I didn’t play well at all and couldn’t get anything going. My caddie, who has more of a southern accent than I do, helped me calm down and just play my game. It could’ve been a lot worse. I lost 2 and 1 and flew home on Thursday. I had a wonderful time and I want to congratulate all my friends on a wonderful week and I want to thank my caddie, Bruce, for taking his only week off from work to caddie for me!

Now I am headed off to Boston for the Canon Cup, which I am really excited about. It is going to be so much fun! All I have to say is GOOOOO EAST and even though the EAST has lost to the West five years in a row, we are going to go BEAST MODE!!

We will have a blast if nothing else!

Love all y’all! Have a wonderful week and I will talk to you later!

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