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der, and she would walk to her final hole with a one-
On the par-4 ninth, Talley's tee shot would find
the fairway bunker. She hit a magnificent seven-iron
from the sand, 148 yards from the hole, to within
just eight feet of the hole.
"It was as good [a shot] as I've seen," head coach
Mic Potter said. "Uphill, and into the wind, and to be
able to hit it that solid, it never left the flagstick. It
was pretty impressive."
Lining up her birdie putt, the horns sounded
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The University of Alabama's Emma Talley
wins the NCAA individual championship!
Emma Talley has a smile and a personality that
can light up a room. She certainly had reason to
smile Monday as she became the first NCAA individ-
ual champion in the University of Alabama women's
golf history with a four-round 3-under 285 at the
challenging Concession Golf Club in Bradenton, Fla.
Her bogey-free final round of 3-under 69 sealed the
"It was just an incredible week," junior Emma Tall-
ey said. "I had been playing well up to this point, and
everything kind of came together and clicked just at
the right time. God's blessed me with so much, and I
just took it and ran with it."
Talley entered the final round with a one-stroke
lead. She started on the back nine and played the
first nine at even-par, making pars on all nine holes.
When her birdie putt on the par-4 18th lipped out
and Duke's Leona Maguire took the lead at 1-under,
Talley would answer right back with a birdie on the
Continuing her bogey-free round, the junior
golfer from Princeton, Ky., would par No. 2, before
making birdie on the par-5 third, once again coun-
tering Maguire's birdie, and moving to 2-under.
Clutch putting on the par-3 fourth, the par-3
sixth, and the par-4 eighth preserved Talley's 2-un-
The University of Alabama's Emma Talley, the NCAA
Individual National Champion!