By LARRY VAUGHT
This was her day to have fun and Emma Talley made sure nothing changed that at the Barbasol Championship Pro-Am Wednesday.
Never mind that she had to call friend Cullan Brown — a UK golf signee from Lyon County — and his family to bring her some cash to make the caddy tips for herself and boyfriend Patrick Smith, who showed he could really hit the golf ball at times.
“Patrick might shoot 65 one day and 95 the next day. But when he’s one, he can really play,” said Talley, who showed off her ability to hit the ball straight off the tee and also make putts during the round.
PGA Tour pro Danny Lee played the first nine holes with Talley’s group. He’s not as outgoing or talkative as her but she gave him no choice but to talk as she asked why he lives in Dallas, is the child on the way a boy or girl, life in New Zealand and more.
She was also very engaged with the other two players in her foursome and gave them a brief lesson how to use Uber and other social media to find the best spots to eat. And when one of them hit a good shot, she was clapping and yelling.
And she never let up on her boyfriend. She was on him to hit “better” shots or make a putt.
“If you are with Emma, you are going to talk,” Brown said.
“If she is awake, she’s going to be talking,” Smith said.
Brown has known Talley for years and has the same golf coach (Nick Mills), who also walked the course Wednesday with her.
Talley is a three-time state high school champion at Caldwell County. Brown won one title at Lyon and finished second twice. She said recently she enjoyed a fish fry with the Browns and bragged on how well Cullan Brown can cook.
The two often compete in chipping contests — and Brown had always won until recently when Talley finally beat him during her most recent visit home.
“Just don’t tell anybody he was coming off wrist surgery when I finally beat him,” Talley said.
Smith said he enjoyed a rare chance to play golf and hit a ton of good shots during the 18-hole round but joked that Talley is never going to be happy if he does outplay her.
“She’s so competitive. That’s part of what makes her so good. It might just be a pro-am, but she wants to win,” Smith said.
Talley leaves Saturday for two plus weeks in Europe when she will play in the Scottish Open and then British Open before staying around in London for a few extra days.
“I’m really excited. I don’t know how I will do, but I’ve been playing well,” she said.