Player diary: Alabama's Emma Talley (Part 11)
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Our college golf season is officially finished for this year. We finished ninth as a team at the NCAA Championships. That finish is not exactly what we were looking for, but I definitely feel like it was a good thing. The first day out on the course, we had tons of wind, which made the scores high in the afternoon. I struggled the first day myself shooting a 77. The last three days were still somewhat windy, but we pretty much had good weather. The scores as a whole got better and our team’s did too. Our top scorer on our team was Stephanie Meadow, who finished fourth. With two seniors leaving and two freshmen coming in, our team in 2014-15 will be composed of seven players that could all be in contention to make the lineup each week. The two freshmen coming in are two of the top-ranked players on the junior scene. We are very excited for them to come in!
When we got back to Tuscaloosa, I took a few days to say bye to my friends. It was hard to leave them, but I will be ready to see them in August. I got home to Kentucky and started grinding for the next few months of a tough summer schedule. I am blessed beyond measure to play in the high profile tournaments that I have been invited to play in. My first stop will be in St. Louis (Mo.) to play for Team USA in the Curtis Cup. I am speechless on how excited I am to be out there with the team that is playing. It will be an exciting week and hopefully the USA team will take the trophy. After the Curtis Cup I will be playing in the U.S Women’s Open, British Women’s Open, U.S Women's Amateur and the LPGA Championship. Let’s just say this summer is going to be really fun, exciting, hard, and filled with great experiences.
I had to say bye to all my friends in Tuscaloosa and this time it was different than any other time. I was really said to leave and did not want to leave my friends, but I know next year will be a lot of fun! Next year I am getting to room with two of my best friends. One of them is a tennis player and other is a soccer player. Last year the soccer player won a summer league national championship with her summer team and this year my tennis friend won the NCAA Championship in doubles! Therefore, next year will be filled with lots of laughter, competition and much fun!
The environment at Alabama is incredible with the amount of talent and hard working athletes there are there. Just look at our men’s golf team that just won back-to-back NCAA Championships. That gives our men’s and women’s golf teams three NCAA Championships in the last three years, the women’s team won it the year before I got to Alabama. I am so lucky to be a part of the Alabama Athletics!
Do not forget to watch the Curtis Cup this weekend! USA! USA! USA!
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