Player diary: Alabama's Talley (Part 12) on USWO
Hey y’all –
Most of the time, summer break means lake time, pool time, family time, friend time. But for me, it means a lot of golf and travel. Most of my friends think it is crazy the amount of time goes into my golfing, but it has been worth it!
I got home and basically went straight to the Curtis Cup. It was one of my favorite tournaments I have ever played in. I had to opportunity to play with some great friends and play for my country. Before the tournament they treated the teams to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game along with being on the field to watch the captains throw the first pitch! Then we were privileged to go up in the famous St. Louis arch which stands 630 feet tall! When the opening ceremonies were finished it meant game time for the Great Britain and Ireland team and the United States team! Fortunately, we all played really well during the week and we captured the Cup back for the United States. Personally my record was 3-0-1 and I was blessed to secure the clinching point on the last day. The Curtis Cup was an amazing dream that I will cherish forever.
After a huge win it was time for me to unpack, pack, practice and travel to the U.S. Women’s Open in Pinehurst, N.C.
For the first time ever we played on the same course as the men did. When I arrived in Pinehurst I had the privilege to walk inside the ropes with the last group Sunday. Watching Martin Kaymer and Rickie Fowler was a great experience. As the practice rounds started, I knew the course was going to be extremely hard and challenging.
When I teed it up on the first day at the historical course not only was I somewhat nervous about just playing in the U.S. Women’s Open, but I was also somewhat anxious about my pairing for the first two rounds. I was paired with Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park. Can I tell y’all what an experience that was? Stacy was so sweet and taught me so much! We have gotten to know each other through other tournaments before this one, but this tournament was different than the others because I really got to know them better than before. The first two days went well and it was good enough to make the cut! I was very happy and pleased with that, but I realized that now I had two more days to play well. My third day I definitely got Donald Ross’d. However, the last day was better and I finished 63rd.
I am back at home unpacking, packing, working out, and practicing to go across the big pond to Liverpool for the Women’s British Open! I will let y’all know how it goes!
Y’all come back now!