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One shot at a time for Talley

February 14, 2018

LPGA Rookie Emma Talley has shot a four under par first round to give her a tie-for-third in the Women's Australian Open at Kooyonga.

The 23-year-old recorded six birdies in her round of 68 with only the par fives proving difficult for the former University of Alabama student.

"I played really well but the par fives beat me up today, I'm actually one over on the Par fives which is very unusual," Talley said. 

"I'm looking forward to tomorrow, I'll try and make some better shots on the par fives and hopefully keep climbing the leaderboard and just keep patient and stay within myself I guess.

Talley reached her spot on the LPGA after finishing ninth in the Symetra Tour money list - the top ten are guaranteed an LPGA card for the following season - and she has put herself under no pressure to perform.

"I tried to come in with no expectations," Talley said. 

"I had a really good season (Symetra Tour) last year and I was fortunate enough as an amateur to play a lot of LPGA events, so I just wanted to come out here and play my game and just be patient because it's a long year, it's a marathon, it's not a sprint, I'll just try to stay patient.

But with the success has come the struggles, last season on the course she admitted feeling the pressure of feeling anxiety through her attempts to earn a LPGA card.

"I had never had anxiety on the golf course before (previous to last season)," Talley said.

"I was trying to get my LPGA card, it was very stressful and to get top ten on the Symetra Tour was actually really hard as there are so many good players out there and the whole year last season was pretty much anxiety. 

"But this year its been great, I'm getting to travel to cool places like I said I dont have quite as much expectation out here (Kooyonga) I'm just trying and thats what my sports psychologist bascially told me you can't have expectations you just got to play within yourself and play one shot at a time and thats all you can do, to be prepared basically. 

"So then I called a couple of friends, Russ Cochrane on the senior tour, then I also called a couple of friends on the PGA and LPGA tour.

"I got in touch with a guy by the name of Stan Beecham and I just knew him through college Golf. Stan worked with some of the college teams so I got in touch with him and since then I dont have it as much anymore but he is still on speed dial if I want or need him any time.

Talley has since had no anxiety problems saying she hasn't felt it since last season.

She is now enjoying her first visit to Australia and Kentucky born Talley even admits to eating an aussie icon, the meat pie!

"This is my first trip to Australia, I played in the Canberra Classic last week I had a meat pie and I saw kangaroos so those are like the two hits so far," Talley explained. 

Kooyonga has thrown up some challenging weather in the afternoon sessions over the past week including practice sessions, Talley is happy to have a morning round two session going into moving day.

"When I saw the tee times I was pretty excited because there will be no wind and the greens might not be as firm in the morning so it will be a good day," Talley concluded.

"I'm just excited for the week."  

 

Image- Andrew Frackowski

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