Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 3)
The experience my team had at Chapel Hill (for the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel on Oct. 11-13) did not go as well as we would have liked, however we had a great week of preparation for The Landfall Tradition in Wilmington, N.C. The first day of the Tar Heel in Chapel Hill we struggled. Going into the second day, everyone felt better about the day and it showed because we moved up 11 spots as a team. The last day we struggled and tied for fifth. My rounds were a lot different from each other, but my 1-under par finish put me in a tie for eighth. After two tournaments where we did not play up to our standard, our practice was great going into The Landfall Tradition. I got to play in the College-Am with some awesome people. It was an honor to play with the tournament chairman, two men from Wells Fargo, and another man that was helping with the tournament. We had a banquet the night before the event, which was a lot of fun! My parents are getting to come to the tournament as well. I am very lucky because my parents have not missed a college golf tournament yet!
This past weekend (Oct. 19) was a lot of fun because my parents and oldest brother, Joe Dan, came into town for the Alabama-Arkansas football game. It was a success for the Crimson Tide, not only in football, but our golf team too! Our team won the 2013 SEC Championship, and we received our rings during halftime of the game. We were all very excited and the rings were incredible. They also announced my U.S Amateur Championship. I am so lucky to be a part of a school that truly cares about each athlete.
Being an athlete at the University of Alabama is incredible, but it is sometimes very stressful! We travel a lot and I always have a lot of homework to make up. I am actually taking a test while we are on this trip in North Carolina and then I have another one as soon as we get back! College can be stressful, but thankfully I will get a little break from school in a week because it will be fall break! I do not have any plans yet, but next time I am sure I will have good stories for y’all!
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Roll Tide and God Bless,