Talley (76) escapes DQ scare at U.S. Women's Am

Defending champ Emma Talley with her mom, Jennifer, posted a 6-over 76 in the first round of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur.
Defending champ Emma Talley with her mom, Jennifer, posted a 6-over 76 in the first round of stroke play at the 2014 U.S. Women's Amateur. ( Tracy Wilcox )

Monday, August 4, 2014

GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Emma Talley spent all afternoon grinding on the practice facilities at Nassau Country Club. The 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur champion struggled to a 6-over 76 to open stroke-play qualifying, meaning there’s considerable work left for the pride of Princeton, Ky., to advance to match play.

“Not much went right,” said Talley, who questioned her decision to weaken her grip several days ago only to change it back again last night.

If those six bogeys weren’t frustrating enough, Talley walked over to the big scoreboard and saw a discrepancy in what was posted. Not again, thought Talley, who won her second consecutive state high school title in 2009 only to lose it due to a scorecard error. Talley said she talked to the media for 45 minutes about her victory before discovering the error.

She had bogeyed the par-4 18th but the card had her down for a par. She turned herself into officials.

This time, however, it was a live scoring error. Talley lives to fight another day.

“I check it about a billion times now,” she said of her card. “Thank goodness I was right.”

Talley wasn’t the only big name who started slowly. Former Curtis Cup player Erynne Lee of UCLA also posted a 76 while recent U.S. Women’s Amateur Public Links champ Fumie “Alice” Jo shot 79.