Former Kentucky state high school champion Emma Talley of Caldwell County made an incredible nine birdies over a 10- hole stretch between the second hole and the 11th. She was 8-under after 11 and firmly on 59 watch. The craziest part of it all was that she actually made bogey on hole one.
During the stretch of nine birdies in 10 holes, she made six straight from holes six through 11, which matches her longest such streak achieved in the eighth grade.
Talley cooled off quite a bit making six straight pars before a finishing bogey on 18. She totaled a 7-under, 65, the lowest round of her career on the LPGA.
“It was amazing, it was really fun,” said Talley. “I was 8-under through 12 holes with a bogey on the 1st, so it was a great start. Thank goodness I had a good start. The last few holes were a little rough. But I’m looking forward to the rest of the week.”
Talley said she briefly began to think about 59 after reeling off six straight birdies in the middle of her round.
“I was already counting in my head at one point, what do I have to do to shoot 59?,” said Talley. “It kind of went downhill from there. I had never even played 13, 14, or 15 yet because it got rained out yesterday.”