Talley makes history as first woman to play in Cobb Championships

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PADUCAH, KY — The first woman to ever play in the historic Irvin Cobb Golf Championships didn’t win in the pro division, but said she was happy with the Saturday-Sunday event as she prepares to resume play on the LPGA Tour.

Emma Talley, a native of Princeton, Ky., who has played two years on the LPGA circuit, was followed by hundreds of spectators both days. She drew the biggest galleries not only of this tournament, but of recent Cobb tourneys.

She admitted to being extremely nervous on Saturday. “Those first 11 or 12 holes I was a nervous wreck,” she said.

She shot a one-over 72 on Saturday, and followed up with a one-under par 70 on Sunday to finish in a tie for ninth place among the 39 pro competitors.

She made the turn Saturday at one-over, then at the par-five 15th hole at Paxton Park Golf Course. She chipped in from 50 feet out for an eagle, but then made bogey on the final two holes.

On Sunday, her only bogey came with a three-putt on the par-four fourth hole. She sank a 10-foot birdie putt on the par-three fifth hole, and then made birdie on the par-five 15th, hitting the green in two and two-putting.

She is scheduled to play in the LPGA Drive On Championship July 31-Aug. 2 in Toledo, Ohio.

“This was a great test for the next few months of me getting back on tour,” Talley said.

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