- 2009 CU Most Valuable Player
- 2009 Big 12 All-Tournament Team
- 2010 CU Female Athlete of the Year
- 2010 CU Most Valuable Player
- 2010 Big 12 All-Tournament Team
- 2010 Second-Team Academic All-Big 12
- CU Athlete of the Week (March 28, 2010)
- CU Athlete of the Week (April 13, 2010)
- CU Athlete of the Week (April 27, 2010)
- 2011 First-Team All-Big 12
- Big 12 Golfer of the Month (September 2010)
- CU Athlete of the Week (Sept. 20, 2010)
- Big 12 Golfer of the Month (March 2010)
- 2012 NGCA All-American (Honorable Mention)
- 2012 Golfweek All-American (Honorable Mention)
- 2012 Second-Team All-Pac 12
- 2012 CU Female Career Athletic Achievement Winner
- CU Athlete of the Week (Feb. 22, 2012)
- Owns 45 school records as of graduation. 14 career, 11 season, 11 tournament and nine round records.
Career—She literally re-wrote the CU record book, owning 14 career, 11 season, 11 tournament and nine round records. Her career records include most events (45), most rounds (137), lowest stroke average, 100-plus rounds (74.48), Lowest SCIRP, 100-plus rounds (2.45), most rounds under par (24), most eagles (4), most birdies (266), most pars (1,312), most holes at- or under-par (1,582), most rounds in the 60s (7), most rounds in the 70s (123), most rounds at- or under-par (24), most top 10 finishes (19), most top 20 finishes (31) and most rounds counting toward team scoring (132). Along with her records, she set many other firsts in program history, including the first CU golfer to win CU’s Female Athlete of the Year, which she did as a sophomore, and CU’s Female Career Athletic Achievement Award after her senior year. She was CU’s first first-team all-conference performer when she was named first-team All-Big 12 as a junior, and then was CU’s first two-time all-conference honoree, earning second-team All-Pac 12 honors as a senior. Capping her senior season when she led the Buffs to their first NCAA Championship appearance, she became CU’s first All-American when the NGCA honored her, then Golfweek followed suit shortly after. She won five CU Athlete of the Week honors, more than any golfer in CU history, and was twice the Big 12 Golfer of the Month.
College—2011-12 (Sr.) —She capped her record-breaking career with yet another season that will forever be a big part of CU history. Her stroke average of 73.97 is the fourth-best mark on the books while her spring average of 73.60 is the second-best mark in program history. She had two top five, four top 10 and eight top 20 finishes with three rounds in the 60s and each of her other 34 rounds in the 70s, becoming the first golfer in the regular rotation not to post a score in the 80s all season. She had six subpar rounds and four other rounds at even par while 36 of her 37 rounds counted toward team scoring. She opened the season with a fifth place finish at the Ptarmigan Ram Classic, shooting an impressive 2-over par 218 over 54 holes. She then struggled a bit in the spring with three finishes between 23rd and 34th. With the Buffs playing the toughest schedule in program history, she had the best spring in CU history, posting seven straight top 16 finishes leading up to the NCAA Championships, the first in CU history, where she led the Buffs with a 38th place finish. She had perhaps her best career finish when she took third at the Clover Cup, leading the Buffs to victory and posting a 1-under par 215 score over 54 holes, including a CU record 6-under par 66 in the first round. She already had the CU record at 6-under par with a 67 on a par 73 course as a junior, and became the first golfer to shoot a 66. She recorded the first score in the 60s not only in conference tournament history but also in CU postseason history when she shot a 3-under par 69 at the Pac-12 Championships. She finished ninth there, her third career top 10 conference tournament performance. Perhaps her best career round came in the third round of the NCAA West Regional, which the Buffs hosted at Colorado National Golf Club. She scorched the course for a 4-under par 68, helping the Buffs shoot a team 9-under par and move up from ninth to fourth to qualify for the first trip to nationals under high pressure, while also becoming the first CU player to shoot in the 60s twice in the postseason.
2010-11 (Jr.)—She completed one of the best seasons in CU history as a junior, compiling a stroke average of 73.71, the second best in school history behind classmate Jess Wallace. She finished the season with 33 of 35 rounds counting toward team scoring, and she had nine subpar rounds and two more even par rounds. The nine rounds under par is the second best mark in school history. She had 31 rounds in the 70s and three in the 60s. She had 10 top 20 finishes in 12 tournaments, including seven top 10 and three top 5 finishes on the season, all marks ranking second-best in school history. She extended her school record streak of consecutive top 20 finishes to 15 straight tournaments, and in that streak she had nine top 10 and five top 5 finishes. She recorded a stroke average of 72.67 in the fall, the second best in CU history. She held a stroke count in relation to par of 7-over in those 15 rounds. She opened the season shooting a 7-under par 209 at the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic, finishing second individually helping the Buffs to a team victory. Her 7-under par and 209 both match CU records and she became just the second golfer in CU history to go under par in three straight rounds. At the Dick McGuire Invitational, her third round 67 on the par 73 set a new CU record for going 6-under par in a round and was the fourth 67 in school history. She finished seventh at the Johnie Imes Invitational shooting under par in the last two rounds. At the Heather Farr Memorial, she finished 10th despite almost missing the final round because she was involved in a multi-car accident the night before leaving the course. She was not cleared to play until 15 minutes before the final round and the Buffs were one golfer short and she helped the Buffs to the team victory. She shot another 67 at the Alamo Invitational to close out the fall season and finished tied for fourth. She was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month for October. She opened the spring with an eighth place finish at the Stanford Invitational and her best spring performance came at CU’s MountainView Invitational in Tucson, where she finished tied for fourth with a 73-71-71—215, or 1-under par.
2009-10 (So.)—Talley put the caps on one of the most dominant seasons in CU history and finished the season with a stroke average of 74.94, the second lowest in school history and also second lowest for a sophomore. Her stroke average was 74.50 in the fall, the third best in CU history, while her spring average of 75.28 is the second best in CU history. She played in all 32 rounds, tied for sixth most in CU history and second most for a sophomore. Her stroke count in relation to par of 2.94 was also the second best in CU history. She finished the season with two top 5, four top 10 and seven top 20 finishes in 11 total events. She finished the season with five straight top 20 finishes, setting a new CU record. She had five rounds under par and three more at even par and 31 of her 32 rounds counted toward team scoring. She opened the season with an even par 72 in the Hooters Match Play Championships and then recorded her first round in the 60s with a 69 in the Ptarmigan/Ram Fall Classic, finishing at 2-over par for the three rounds. She took the first top 10 of her season with an eighth place showing in the Heather Farr Memorial. She opened the spring with perhaps the worst showing of her career but rebounded to start her CU record streak of five straight top 20 finishes. Three of those finishes were in the top six as she took sixth at the BYU at Entrada Classic and followed that up with a third place at the MountainView Collegiate. She then ended the season with a fifth place finish at the Big 12 Championships, bettering her placement by one from the season before and matching the second-best performance there in school history, becoming the first Buff named to two Big 12 All-Tournament teams. She was named the Big 12 Golfer of the Month in March becoming just the fourth CU golfer to earn that award. She earned second team Academic All-Big 12 honors and was named CU’s female Athlete of the Year at CU’s annual CUSPY’s banquet.
2008-09 (Fr.)—Talley made an immediate impact on the program from the beginning and she joined Dominique Pytlewski as the only two Buffs to play all 33 rounds, which tied for the fourth-most rounds in CU history and second most by a freshman. Talley finished her freshman campaign with a 75.42 average, a freshman record and third lowest overall in CU history. Her stroke average of 74.00 in the fall was the third best performance in CU history while her average of 76.61 in the spring was the ninth lowest in CU history. She took three top-10 finishes and led the Buffs with five top 20 finishes on the year. She got off to a hot start and posted a 3-under 213 in the opening tournament of the year, the CSU Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, taking seventh place individually. The 213 at the time was the second best total in CU history. Her back-to-back 2-under par 70’s in the first two rounds of the CSU Fall Classic proved to be season lows and she became the sixth player at CU to record two straight rounds under par. She led the Buffs in three tournaments, including the Big 12 Championship Tournament, where Talley took her season-best sixth place finish, best finish in program history at the Championship by a freshman and third best ever. She became the first Buffalo to make the All-Big 12 Tournament Team since 2006, and just the fifth overall since the conference was formed 13 years ago.
High School—Talley lettered two years in golf, once as a junior at Justin-Siena High School in Napa, Calif., and again as a senior at R.L. Stevenson School in Pebble Beach, Calif. Talley was first-team All-League and voted Most Valuable Player as a junior, leading Justin-Siena to the MCAL League Championship. She entered as an individual in the North Coast Sections and placed sixth out of 144 prep golfers. Talley transferred to R.L. Stevenson where she received first-team All-League honors again and helped the Pirates to a first place finish in the Mission Trails Athletic League, Central Coast Section and Northern California Championships in 2007. She finished 15th individually at the California State Championships and her team took second, falling just one stroke short of the winner. Talley also represented Northern California in the 30th Girls Junior America’s Cup in Portland, Ore. and finished ninth out of 72 players from an international field of 18 teams. She participated in a number of JGANC tournaments and, in a seven-month span Talley took first place in nine different tournaments. In the summer of 2008, Talley won the California State Junior Girls Match Play, but fell in the semifinals. She also recorded a fifth place finish in the Trader Joe’s AJGA in Pleasanton, Calif. Her best career round in competition is a 68, a feat Talley accomplished on two different occasions. Her home course is the Napa Valley Country Club and she holds the Girl’s junior record with an even-par 72. Prior to taking up competitive golf, Talley was an accomplished tennis player and was a two-time First Team All-League tennis player at Justin-Siena.
Other—2010: She set the course record at her home course at the Napa Valley Country Club in Napa, Calif., playing from the men’s tees by shooting a 69. She also received the alternate spot in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the Green Gable Country Club in Denver.
Best Career Round In Competition—66 (-6; 2012 Clover Cup, first round, March 16,2012).
In The Classroom—She graduated with a degree in History and Communication at Colorado. In high school, she became a lifetime California Scholarship Federation member.
Emily Watson Talley was born on August 5, 1990 and is the daughter of Robert and Kimberly Talley of Napa, Calif. She has one older sister, Caroline, who graduated from the University of Denver and is a corporate event planner in northern California. Both of Talley’s grandparents, along with her great-grandmother attended the University of Colorado. Talley was recruited by Tulane, Santa Clara and UC Davis, but chose Colorado because she fell in love with Boulder, the school, the women’s golf coaches and team, and especially loved the spirit that the students of Colorado had.