Among a record 14 AJGA members playing in the 2012 U.S. Women’s Open, Emma Talley led them all. Talley and Alison Lee were two of only three amateurs to make the cut, with Talley shooting 73-75-81-72 to tie for 46th place. Lee finished just behind her, with rounds of 75-74-79-78 to finish in a tie for 60th.
Talley now prepares to join Alabama’s national championship team in the fall, while Lee preps for Wyndham Cup, where she hopes to bring the Cup back West this year.
Talley, of Glasgow, Ky., closes out her AJGA career with 10 victories, including four-in-a-row during a record-setting streak in the summer of 2011. She has been honored four times as a Rolex Junior All-American.
Lee, a rising senior from Valencia, Calif., has enjoyed a long run of success in AJGA competition, earning first-team Rolex Junior All-America honors in four straight years. Her victory at the 2012 ANNIKA Invitational was her fifth - and biggest - AJGA victory.
NOTES FROM THE OPEN
WRONG KIND OF BIRDIE: A stroke of bad luck at the 12th hole will be difficult for Kyung Kim to forget. As she fought to stay inside the cutline during her second round, Kyung hit an apparently good approach into 12, but her ball struck a bird in flight. Instead of being on the green, her ball fell into a bunker 50 yards short, leading to a double bogey. She missed the cut by one stroke.
EMMA’S RALLY: After a dismal start to her third round, Emma Talley was 9-over through 6 holes. She never stopped fighting, however, as she shot even-par over her final 12 holes. Her chip for birdie at No. 18 was dead-on target, but bounced off the flagstick. In the fourth round, Emma continued to hold steady, firing her low round of the week – and even-par 72.
KENTUCKY CONNECTION: On the bag for Talley was Fred Sanders, the former caddie of a fellow Kentucky great, Kenny Perry.
ROLEX GREATS: Four former Rolex Junior Players of the Year contended throughout the week. Cristie Kerr (1995 Rolex Junior POY), Inbee Park (2002), and Paula Creamer (2003) are all previous champions of the U.S. Women’s Open and finished in the top 10, while Vicky Hurst (2007) is the youngest of the foursome whose best major finish was her T11 at the 2012 Kraft Nabisco Championship. Hurst tied for 18th place.
BUSY WEEK: Stacy Lewis is the second-ranked player in the world, yet with the Women’s Open looming this week, she still took time out Sunday to spend with AJGA juniors at the KPMG Stacy Lewis Junior Open in her home state of Arkansas. Classy.
THE MAN IN CHARGE: Former AJGA tournament director Ben Kimball ran the U.S. Women’s Open for the second straight year. After fighting through severe thunderstorms in Colorado last year that led to a Monday finish, it was a nice change of pace to experience a year without weather delays.
RULES GURU: Another former AJGA tournament director, Rob Ockenfuss, was the author of the Rules Corner Blog throughout the week. Ockenfuss is the Manager of Rules Inquiries at the USGA.
- Rob Coleman, AJGA Communications