VANCOUVER, B.C.—Former CU All-American Emily Talley will make her professional debut Thursday after she successfully qualified for the CN Canadian Women’s Open earlier this week. Talley will be the first group out on Thursday morning at 8 a.m. MT.
Talley successfully qualified at the CN Canadian Women’s Open Qualifier in South Surrey, B.C., on Monday at the Morgan Creek Golf Course, taking the final spot in a playoff after posting a 1-under par 71.
“I started my day with a bogey,” Talley said. “I was feeling a little down but then got in a good grove and after I struck it to within 6-inches on the fifth hole, then I went on a string of six straight birdies.”
She then had a few bogeys down the stretch, including the final two holes, which brought the playoff into focus.
“It wasn’t the best finish since I was 5-under at one point,” Talley said. “But I got a second chance and had to win the playoff. There were three of us fighting for the final spot.”
On the first playoff hole against Brit Hayes and Katy Harris, Talley had her best drive of the day, then hit a safe 7-iron shot and two-putted for par and a win as the other two golfers bogeyed the hole and Talley secured the fourth and final spot.
“I had a one-and-a-half foot putt for the win,” Talley said. “It was the longest putt of my life.”
After the win, Talley headed straight for Coquiltam, B.C., with her caddy, CU men’s Nordic skier Andreas Hoye, to check out the Vancouver Golf Club and fill out paperwork so she can accept money as a pro golfer for the first time.
She will play in the first round with Christine Song and Lisa Ferrero. First round coverage can be seen on the Golf Channel at 4 p.m. MT Thursday and again at 1 a.m. Friday morning. Second round coverage will air at 1 a.m. Saturday morning.
There are 156 players in the field and after the first two rounds, the field will be reduced to the lowest 70 scores. The Golf Channel will continue coverage of the Open throughout the weekend with third round coverage starting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday and final round coverage Sunday starting at 11:30 a.m.
Talley has played impressive golf all summer since graduating from CU in May, including wins at the Norgescup at Notteroy in Borgheim, Norway, and the 17th annual California Women’s Championship last month at the Chardonnay Golf Club in her hometown of Napa, Calif.
After the Canadian Open, Talley will head to Florida for LPGA Qualification School, with Stage I set for Sept. 4-7 in Daytona Beach.