Emma Talley's top-10 finish highlights the Crimson Tide's weekend
OUTLOOK:Emma Talley came to Alabama as one of the most heralded recruits in program history ... became the first woman from The University of Alabama to win the United States Women's Amateur, following her 2013 win at the Country Club of Charleston, defeating Yueer Cindy Feng 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final ... helped lead the United States to a 2014 Curtis Cup victory ... qualified for the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Open before arriving at Alabama, making the cut in 2012 ... played in the 2014 Kraft Nabisco and then made the cut in the 2014 U.S. Women's Open and the 2014 Ladies British Open, finishing as the low amateur at Royal Birkdale in a tie for 17th ... immediately won a starting job at Alabama as a true freshman and started 64 rounds for the Crimson Tide in two seasons ... captured her first medalist honors at the 2013 PING/ASU Invitational and totaled eight top-10 finishes spaning her first two seasons at The Capstone ... earned second team All-American as a freshman and honorable mention honors as a sophomore ... compiled a 73.14 career scoring average with 27 rounds of par or better.
2014-15 (JUNIOR): Played in all four tournaments during the fall season ... averaged 73.08 strokes per round ... tied for the team lead with seven rounds of par or lower ... co-led the team with 139 pars ... was second on the team with 35 birdies ... had two top-10 finishes during the fall season ... finished the fall portion of the season by placing third at The Landfall Tradition, shooting 69-71-71 for a 5-under 211 ... tied for 25th at the Tar Heel Invitational at 6-over 222 while tying her personal best for an 18-hole performance with a 5-under 67 during the second round ... shot 3-under 213 at the ANNIKA Intercollegiate and finished 8th ... started the season off with a 15-over 231 and tied for 54th at the Mason Rudolph Championship.
2013-14 (SOPHOMORE): Played her best golf late in the 2014 season after finishing second at the NCAA Central Regional ... selected to the 2014 United State Curtis Cup team where she led the Americans to victory ... second on the team with a 73.14 scoring average that was 57 strokes over par for the entire season (1.84 strokes per round) ... posted three top-five finishes with 11 rounds of par or better and two rounds in the 60s ... opened the season with a tie for 28th at the Dale McNamara Fall Preview, shooting 8-over 218 (75-71-72) ... tied for 13th at the Mason Rudolph Championship, carding rounds of 76-70-72 for a 2-over 218 ... notched her first top-10 of the season with an eighth-place showing at the Ruth's Chris Tar Heel Invitational with a 1-under 215 (71-71-73) ... closed the spring with a third-place finish at The Landfall Tradition, carding a 1-over 217 as the Crimson Tide claimed its only team title of the season ... tied for 50th at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic to open the spring (74-81-76) but bounced back with a tie for 17th at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate, shooting even-par 216 (75-69-72) ... slipped to 54th at the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate (77-80-73) ... finished 13th at the SEC Championship, firing rounds of 78-73-72 for a 7-over 223 ... carded rounds of 68-75-71 for a runner-up finish at the NCAA Central Regional Championship at Karsten Creek (Stillwater, Okla.) ... after a tough opening-round 77 at the NCAA Championships at the Tulsa Country Club, she rallied with two even par rounds in the last three days to finish tied for 38th ... shot even-par 70 in the second and fourth rounds with a 3-over 73 in round three for a 10-over 290.
2012-13 (FRESHMAN): Finished second on the team with a 73.00 scoring average while starting all events as a true freshman at the Capstone ... named the SEC Freshman of the Year, second team All-SEC and SEC All-Freshman ... garnered second team All-America honors from the WGCA and third-team honors from Golfweek ... won her first career medalist honor at the 2013 PING/ASU Invitational with a career-low 9-under-par 207 that included rounds of 68, 69 and 70 for a two-shot win ... the field in Tempe, Ariz., included 17 players in the top 50 nationally ... averaged 1.27 strokes over par per round in 2012-13 ... counted toward the team score in 31-of-33 rounds (.939) ... ranked 25th in the final Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index and 32nd in the Golfstat Cup ... had 16 rounds of par or better in 33 rounds ... led the team with an even-par 216 at the season-opening Cougar Classic, shooting three straight rounds of even-par 72 ... shot 219 the following tournament to tie for 16th at the Fall Preview ... tied for 27th at the Betsy Rawls Longhorn Invitational at 6-over 222 ... opened the spring with a tie for fifth at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic, firing rounds of 73, 72 and 73 for a 2-over 218 ... tied for 60th at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Intercollegiate ... strung together three straight top-10 finishes ... tied for ninth in back-to-back events, the Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and the SunTrust Gator Women's Invitational ... carded 7-over totals in both of those events, shooting 220 at the Long Cove Club and then posting a 217 at Florida ... named the Golfweek National Player of the Week after her two-shot win in the PING/ASU Invitational, also earning SEC Player of the Week accolades ... shot 77, 78 and 76 en route to a tie for 21st at the 2013 SEC Championship on the difficult Greystone Golf and Country Club ... counted toward the team score in all three rounds ... tied for fourth at the NCAA East Regional Championship at the Auburn University Club ... held the individual lead after the first round at the regional, with a 5-under 67 ... shot 71 in round two and 73 on the final day at Auburn for a 5-under-par 211 ... finished tied for 23rd at the NCAA Championships with a 6-over total of 294 ... opened with back-to-back rounds of 1-under 71 ... closed in 77 and 75.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Was the nation's No. 1 recruit for 2012 by Golfweek ... 2011 first team Rolex Junior All-American ... qualified for the 2011 and 2012 U.S. Open, making the cut and finishing tied for 46th in 2012 ... won 10 times at American Junior Golf Association events ... set an AJGA record in 2010 by winning the Huntsville Junior with a 18-under-par total of 198 ... her 22-stroke margin of victory also set an AJGA record ... member of the 2010 Junior Ryder Cup and the 2011 PING Junior Solheim Cup ... ranked third in the class of 2012 in the Polo Junior Golf Rankings ... set an AJGA record with four consecutive victories in 2011 at the AJGA Girls Championship, the AJGA Franklin Junior, the Natural Resource Partners Bluegrass Junior and the AJGA Junior at Quad Cities ... finished seventh at the 2011 Junior PGA Championship ... featured in Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd in 2009 ... named the 2008 Kentucky Ms. Golf and won three individual Kentucky State Championships... daughter of Dan and Jennifer Talley ... has two brothers Joe and Jackson and a sister Leigh ... majoring in communications.