Junior Diary: Setup change sparks low round
Well guys, I made it, and I finally played golf that I liked! It all started June 12 at my golf lesson in Paducah, Ky., when John Riegger, Rus Cochran and my golf coach, Todd Trimble, changed my setup just the slightest bit. It helped me so much and it made me hit the golf ball so much straighter. When I got to the Purdue University Golf Course June 13 for the U.S. Girls’ Junior qualifier, my dad and I had the first tee time in the morning. That was at 7:30 a.m., but because of the time change, it was 6:30 a.m. at my house, so I was really tired. Anyway, the practice round went great and I absolutely loved the course.
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 four AJGA victories. In addition to her three wins in 2009, she posted a pair of runner-up finishes and advanced to the quarterfinals at the Polo Golf Junior Classic. She first broke 70 at the age of 11.
I teed off at 9 a.m. the next morning, had a wonderful round and shot a 7-under 65 (earning medalist honors by eight shots). I had a bogey-free round, but now that I look back on the round, it didn’t feel like I shot that well. I was just consistent all day so it was a good 65 and it has helped my confidence going into the AJGA Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior in Ashland, Ky., next week. I got home the next night, and while I was at home preparing for the next tournament, I really worked on my swing and used my new putting aid.
For the past two years at the Natural Resource Partners event, I have had chances to win but I haven’t, so hopefully if I can keep what I have now I can pull it off next week! This AJGA tournament is extremely fun and since it is in Kentucky, I know a lot of the people. However, I also learned a few years ago that just because a tournament is in your own state, it doesn’t meant that it’s a close drive. When you live on the far western side of Kentucky and you have to drive to the far eastern side, it seems like forever! I will leave for the tournament Monday morning and drive for five hours! The Junior-Am is on Tuesday and the tournament is from Wednesday to Friday.
Once again, let’s forget about the golf for a minute and let me tell you how much fun I had last week at Purdue. I met so many people at Purdue and a couple of the girls I found out will be at the NRP Bluegrass Junior as well, so that will be a blast! Because I have been off this week, I have gotten to work on my golf tan a little bit. However, as a golfer, the tan never leaves, no matter how much you try, but thank goodness it did fade a little!
I have gotten to ride my bike for seven miles each morning and get my exercises in. I practice, go to the pool and try to be a kid a little bit. I have had so much fun this week and am extremely excited to leave again for my next tournament! Y’all have a wonderful week and wish me luck! Ashland, here I come!