Talley wins record fourth consecutive AJGA event
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Emma Talley’s junior golf days may be waning, but she hasn’t slowed in her collection of accolades. The Alabama commit won her fourth consecutive AJGA event Monday at the AJGA Girls Championship, setting the record for most victories in succession on the elite junior circuit.
Talley shot 4-under 212 (67-71-74) at Furman Golf Club in Greenville, S.C., beating Mariah Stackhouse by four shots. The victory put her ahead of Juliet Vongphoumy, Leigh Anne Hardin and Kim Rowton, each of whom won three times in a row.
“The goal was to win, and I didn’t need to go really low,” Talley said of her final found.
Talley also owns the AJGA records for scoring record in a girls event and largest margin of victory after winning the 2010 Huntsville Junior by 22 strokes with her 15-under 198 total.
Per usual for Talley, a 17-year-old from Princeton, Ky., it’s been a tightly scheduled summer. She won all three AJGA starts in June (Junior at Quad Cities, Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior, Franklin Junior) to tie the record, then jetted to Sunriver, Ore., for the Rolex Tournament of Champions, one of the premier events in junior golf. Shortly after arriving, however, Talley received a phone call that she had been upgraded from her alternate status in the U.S. Women’s Open. She now had a spot in the field for the first time in her young career. Even though the tournament wasn’t until the following week, Talley withdrew from the TOC to get her game in top shape for the Women’s Open. She would miss the cut by three shots.
In the ensuing weeks, Talley bounced from the U.S. Girls’ Junior to the Junior PGA Championship to the U.S. Women’s Amateur before returning to the AJGA. Her wire-to-wire win in Greenville allowed her to finish the quest she had begun in June, even if she wasn’t really thinking about it.
“I came to this tournament just trying to prepare for the next several tournaments,” Talley said. “I kind of forgot about it.”
Chief among those upcoming tournaments is the Junior Solheim Cup, and Talley is quick to reveal the countdown: 11 days.
“Very excited. I’m ready to get there,” she said in her bubbly Southern accent.
Good news for Team USA: There doesn’t appear to be much time sensitivity to Talley’s game.