LPGA golfer plans to become first female in historic Paducah event

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PADUCAH, Ky. (KT) - The LPGA tour has not resumed play because of COVID-19, but Princeton (Ky.) golfer Emma Talley has found a way to compete. She is scheduled to play in the Irvin Cobb Championships July 18-19 in Paducah, becoming the first female to ever play in that tournament, according to WPSD’s Jeff Bidwell.


Talley said she had hoped to play in that tournament in previous years, but it never fit well into her schedule.


She brings impressive credentials to the Irvin Cobb event, which has been played since 1937. Talley has career earnings on the LPGA tour of $548,682, finishing in the top 10 four times since her joining the tour in 2018.The Cobb event is one of few tournaments in western Kentucky to feature a pro division along with amateur competition.


Talley played in two tournaments this year prior to the tour stoppage because of the coronavirus. She missed the cut at the ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, but tied for 26th at ISPS Handa Vic Open. The LPGA, experiencing the longest interruption in its schedule in its 70-year history, expects to return July 23-26 at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Talley played well there last year, finishing nine-under par and tying for 11th place, earning $26,717.


The LPGA lists her average driving distance at 261 yards. She has hit 72 percent of the fairways and 66 percent of greens in regulation. She averages 29.88 putts per round.


Talley was featured in a Golfweek story in mid-April, talking about spending time in her hometown during the global pandemic. 

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