Friday, May 27, 2016

US college star Emma Talley makes pro debut 

on Symetra Tour next week

Emma Talley will begin her professional career in June.
Emma Talley will begin her professional career in June. (Tracy Wilcox)
Emma Talley could have been playing for the United States in the upcoming Curtis Cup match against Great Britain and Ireland at Dun Laoghaire GC near Dublin from June 10-12. But she has left the amateur ranks and will begin her professional career on June 3.
The Alabama University star finished up her career with the Crimson Tide on Sunday at the NCAA Women’s Championship, finishing up T-61, as her team placed T-12 overall.
She will make her pro debut on the Symetra Tour at the Fuccillo Kia Championship, which takes place next week at Capital Hills in Albany, New York.
The tournament begins Friday, June 3.
“I am super excited to start my professional career,” said Talley. “It has been a dream of mine since I was little and I am excited to see what happens.”
Talley has full Symetra Tour status, courtesy of passing through the first two stages of LPGA Q-School last autumn.
The beginning of Talley’s pro career comes a year after she captured the individual title at the NCAA Championship. She won twice in her four-year career with the Crimson Tide, and also boasts the 2013 U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship on her resume.
Talley already has plenty of playing experience in LPGA events. She’s competed in nine tournaments, including four U.S. Women’s Opens, and finished in a tie for 17th for low amateur honours at the 2014 Ricoh Women’s British Open.
While Talley wishes Alabama’s season finished a little differently, she enters pro golf with high hopes.
“I feel my game is pretty good right now and I had a fun last season in college,” said Talley. 
“It was bittersweet the way it ended, but our team was ranked number one for the majority of the spring season which was fun and I played pretty consistent this year. I am always trying to improve and work hard.”