Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 4)
I left y’all when our team was in Wilmington, N.C., for The Landfall Tradition. We had just had our practice rounds at the Country Club of Landfall and went to the amazing banquet for all the players, coaches, volunteers, committee members and rules officials. As our team got going for the first day of play, we had to get bundled up because the weather was absolutely freezing. We were not used to the weather because it has not gotten cold in Tuscaloosa yet. However, as the day went on the weather just got better and better!
Fortunately, our rounds as a team had gotten better and better from the last tournament. After the first day, our team was ahead by 10 strokes. For me, it was a weird day because I started out really rough, but an eagle on a par 5 where I holed out from about 95 yards really helped get me going. Between me and my teammate Hannah Collier, who holed out on the par-3 16th to save par after hitting her first shot in the water, we had a pretty large lead. Our team had a good day and people could see that individually because we had Stephanie Meadow in first, Hannah and I were tied for second, and our fourth score was by Janie Jackson who was in eighth place. Even though the lead was pretty large, we all knew that it was not over because there were two more days.
Round 2 is called moving day and thankfully our team came out strong again and we did not move anywhere, which is what you want when you are in first. Some really cool things happened during that round as well. This time it was not from me, but it was from my teammate Stephanie. She made a hole-in-one on No. 13 with a 6-iron from 166 yards. The hole was brutal, but with her hole-in-one and good play from the team, we still had an eight-shot lead over Duke going into the final round. Not only was it a good day for our team, but individually we were all competing too. Stephanie was in first, I was in fourth, Daniela Lendl was in sixth and Hannah in seventh. Eight shots is not very much in golf because let’s face it, that is only two strokes per player. We only needed one more round of good play to make our fall season end well, and it was going to be interesting to see if any of us could pull out the win individually. I shot 73 in the final round and the team went on to an eight-shot win over Duke. Another strong round by Stephanie was enough to earn her medalist honors, which was the eighth of her career and extended her school record by even more.
Let’s just say our trip home was much more fun than the last couple trips. Not just because of our golf games, but we all got the next weekend (Oct. 31-Nov. 3) off for fall break! We will all probably take a week off and then get to work again! We all could point out things we need to work on this off season, but first we get fall break!
Roll Tide, y’all, and God bless!