Kentuckian Emma Talley, a three-time state high school champion for Caldwell County, added a 4-under par 68 Friday in the Thornberry Classic in Oneida, Wis., and is 11-under after two rounds and tied for third place going into the weekend.
Here’s what she had to say after her round today.
Q. Emma, followed it up awfully well. Talk about the round.
EMMA TALLEY: Yeah, bogey at the last was kind of disappointing, but I played really well today. Actually felt like I played better today than I did yesterday. Driver was much better. Missed a couple putts, but the back nine treated me well.
Q. What’s the mindset when you’re going out early in a tournament like this where you know there will be a lot of low scores?
EMMA TALLEY: I’m playing well right now, so really just trying to play my game. I feel really confident, so just trying to take one shot at a time.
The greens are pretty soft so you can kind of pin seek a little bit, and that’s what I like. That’s how I grew up, so I’m enjoying just going straight at the flag. I played pretty well today, so looking forward to the rest of the week.
Q. What’s the biggest positive you’ve taken out of these first two rounds?
EMMA TALLEY: I’m really proud of myself the way I hit the ball yesterday and still shot 7-under. I didn’t hit it very well off the tee a little all.
I worked on it yesterday afternoon after the round and I hit my driver really well today. So that was probably the biggest positive, just coming back from that, because I wasn’t confident at all after the round.
Q. How much do you kick yourself after a bogey on the Par 5?
EMMA TALLEY: Yeah, it was rough. Definitely not what I was expecting, but it happens. Only bogey of the day.
My pitch shot just hit high on the face, so nothing you can do about that.
Hit my second shot a little further than I thought, so just bad shots I guess you could say. Just didn’t make the putt.
Q. How do you approach the weekend? What’s your mindset going in?
EMMA TALLEY: Just keep playing my game. Like I said, I feel really confident about my game right now, so I am just going to keep doing what I’m doing, and hopefully turns out all good.
Q. I asked you yesterday about the Island Resort Championship. There were three former Island Resort Champions in like the top 15, all within a couple shots of the lead. What does it say about those players that they can go from there to here so quickly?
EMMA TALLEY: Yeah, I love the Symetra Tour. I look back on it and I am so thankful that I was able to play on the Symetra Tour. It really teaches you how to travel each week and how to play out here each week.
The courses are set up a little different, but the Symetra Tour is great. I got to play for a year and a half. I have a lot of good memories from Symetra.