Junior diary: Not your average golf weekend
Well this weekend was an adventure. Heading to my U.S. Women’s Open qualifier at U.S. Women’s Open at Shady Oaks Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas, we first drove to Arkadelphia, Ark., which took six hours. We left right after school. We got up early Saturday morning and drove the rest of the way, five more hours to Fort Worth. My mom, dad and I went to the course and I got to play a practice round. We had some family bonding time! Anyway, I found out we were going to be playing the course extremely long… 6,700 yards. The course was so nice and so pretty. That night we ate at a steak restaurant the guy in the pro shop suggested. The only bad thing about the meal was we didn’t think we were dressed up enough, but I didn’t care – the food was soooo good.
Sunday was wonderful because we woke up and decided to go to the church service that was in a park by our hotel. It was so much fun and we met some people that used to live in Kentucky… small world! After church, we headed to the golf course and met up with my caddie, Bob. We played the course again and I thought I played very well. After the round, Bob took us down to the part of Fort Worth called The Stockyards. That was a real experience, nothing like anything I had seen in Kentucky! That night we ate at Uncle Julios – very, very good.
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 got up the next day at 6 o’clock ready to go. I was so excited, not only because of the golf, but I was going to play with Maria Hernandez, the winner of the 2009 NCAA Championship. She is now a pro and I learned so much from watching her. Anyway, I played OK the first round and shot 78, but that was with three double bogeys! We played a par 3 at 240 yards, a par 5 at 608 yards and several par 4s at 450 yards. That was pretty long for me. I had about 15 minutes to eat lunch and then it was back on the course for the next 18 holes. Wow, not much time.
My group got in six holes and the horn blew because of lightning. After about forty minutes, the officials called it and announced that we would resume play at 9 o’clock Tuesday morning. All the players started talking and tried to decide who would be able to stay and play. Unfortunately, I was in the group of about half the players that had to withdraw. I had to get home and take finals at school on Wednesday. Therefore, FINALS got in the way. Ha ha ha. Even though I didn’t get to finish, I was 15th out of 66 players after the first round. I learned so much and found out what I need to work on to get ready for the AJGA's Thunderbird International Junior in Arizona. Lots of practice!
Finally, we got two hours from home on Tuesday and our car broke down. And get this, we have a Suburban and it stopped right beside a Chevrolet dealership! We rented a car to get the rest of the way home and they are going to fix it for us tomorrow. I am glad to be home! I praise God for everything he did for my family and me, and even though sometimes some things seem terrible, God is always by our side.