Current Residence: Napa, Calif.
Hometown: Napa, Calif.
Home Golf Course: Napa Valley Country Club, Napa, Calif.
College: University of Colorado
Big Break Seasons: Big Break Mexico; Big Break NFL Puerto Rico – CHAMPION
Since Competing on Big Break: Currently competing full time on the Symetra Tour and enjoying her most successful season as a professional, with multiple top-10 finishes and a season-best runner-up finish at the Symetra Classic in April.
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- Competed in the 2012 CN Canadian Women’s Open via Monday Qualifier
- 2012 NGCA and Golfweek Honorable Mention All-American
- 2012 University of Colorado Female Athlete Career Achievement Recipient
- As an amateur, winner of the Norgescup (Notteroy, Norway) and California Women’s Amateur in 2012
- Turned professional in 2012
- 2010 University of Colorado Female Athlete of the Year
- Competing full time on the Symetra Tour
Since Big Break Mexico…
Emily Talley credits Big Break Mexico for giving her the experience she needs to be able to perform under pressure. Immediately following filming of Big Break Mexico in January of this year, Emily embarked on her rookie season on the Symetra Tour. Through the first half of the season, she has recorded four top-20 finishes and made seven of nine cuts.
“The nerves I felt on Big Break is nothing like I have ever experienced before,” said Emily. “Going from Big Break straight out to the Symetra Tour was such a surreal experience. I kept looking around and thinking to myself, ‘Where are all of the cameras?’"
Emily is one of three Big Break NFL Puerto Rico competitors participating in two Big Breaks in one year. She also has become a master at keeping secrets, and is enjoying every minute of it. Immediately following filming Big Break NFL Puerto Rico in June, she flew to Orlando for an appearance on Morning Drive – that Monday after filming Big Break NFL Puerto Rico she was eliminated from Big Break Mexico.
“I wanted to tell everyone so bad on Morning Drive, ‘Don’t worry, I’m coming back!’ joked Emily. But I had to hold it in. I’m excited to be coming back to Big Break for another season and another opportunity.”
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Emily Talley always dreamed of being a professional athlete. A multi-sport athlete growing up, her dream initially was not to be walking the fairways with Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie or Stacy Lewis, but standing on the other side of the tennis court from Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova. A ranked junior player in California, tennis was her sport of passion.
During high school, however, her passion for tennis waned. She grew tired of the “angry competition” on the tennis court and ultimately decided to switch gears to golf her junior year.
“In tennis, you make more enemies than you do friends when playing competitively,” explained Emily. “I just grew tired of it. Golf is completely different. I met my very best friends on the golf course because of all of the time we spent out there together.”
Emily was first introduced to competitive golf the summer of her sophomore year. While still playing tennis, her father signed her up for a golf tournament in between her tennis schedule. She reluctantly decided to enter at the risk of embarrassment because she didn’t play competitively. She earned second place in the tournament in her age group.
“That is where it all started for me,” joked Emily. “I still have that trophy today.”
She returned to that tournament every summer and enjoyed seeing her scores drop every year, including a 70 her senior year.
Emily enrolled at the University of Colorado on a full golf scholarship, and her golf career blossomed. Her sophomore year (2010), she was named CU female athlete of the year; in 2011 she was named First-Team All-Big 12; in 2012 she was a part of the NCAA National Championship team and was named Honorable-Mention All American, the first female golfer at CU to earn All-American status.
She also is one of two Big Break competitors to have played in an LPGA Tour event – she Monday-qualified for the CN Canadian Women’s Open.
Following graduation in 2012, Emily turned professional and advanced to the final stage of the LPGA Qualifying Tournament, earning full status on the Symetra Tour for 2013.
“I want to go out there and make a difference in the women’s game,” said Emily. “I want to be one of those players that fans can feel comfortable approaching and talking to me because I try to live my life as a happy golfer. And I have long since learned through golf and tennis that happy athletes are successful athletes.”