It's the most wonderful time of the year for feel-good golf stories: U.S. Open Qualifying. These play-ins are happening as we speak for this year's U.S. Women's Open at Shoal Creek G.C. in Birmingham, Ala. One such qualifier took place at Dunwoody C.C. in Georgia, and one of the four qualifiers, Emma Talley, is happier than most to have made it through.
Because Talley gets to play the U.S. Women's Open at her home course.
The 24-year-old LPGA rookie shot rounds of 73 and 69 to enter into a three-woman playoff, where she won on the first hole to grab one of the precocious spots. Following her victory, Talley took to Twitter to share her excitement.
Talley had a sparkling amateur career at the University of Alabama, where she won the individual title at the 2015 NCAA Women's Championship at the Concession G.C. in Bradenton, Fla. She also won the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur and was a member of the victorious 2014 Curtis Cup team.
She joined the Symetra Tour in 2016 after finishing up her career with the Crimson Tide. Talley finished ninth on the 2017 money list to earn her LPGA Tour card for the 2018 season. She has two top-10 finishes in eights starts on tour.
Talley's game is on the rise, and now she gets to ride that momentum into her home course for the U.S. Women's Open.