Golfer Emma Talley leaning on God in her LPGA rookie season

Emma Talley is enjoying her first year on the LGPA tour. Halfway through the 2018 season, the 24-year-old already has three top-10 finishes, including a seventh-place finish at the Women’s Australian Open, fifth place at the Hugel-JTBC LA Open, and her best score this past weekend at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic in Wisconsin, where she finished tied for third place after shooting a 268 (-20).

“Thankfully I have a good support system around me,” Talley said last week. “I’ve had a good season. I have a lot of goals that I haven’t achieved yet, but hopefully I will. Keeping my card is huge and this is the dream. This is what I’ve been dreaming about since I was 12 years old. To be able to play golf at 24 years old and travel the world is awesome.”

She is currently 43rd on the LPGA money list with earnings of $286,109 in nine events. But even more important to Talley than playing golf is her faith in Jesus Christ. She told FCA Magazine that being intentional about her walk with God is something she looks to do each time she’s on the golf course.

“I bring my faith to golf by marking my tees with a cross and my golf ball with a Bible verse,” she told FCA Magazine. “I often memorize Bible verses on the course as well.”

Talley says that prayer is something she would encourage others to seriously pursue as they look to deepen their spiritual journey.

“One piece of spiritual advice I would share with kids is pray first. When I have problems, or need advice, oftentimes I run toward friends and family, but I am constantly learning to seek God and pray first instead,” she said.

The three-time Kentucky state girls champion says Jeremiah 29:11 is the verse she clings to in the Bible. “It reminds me that God has a plan for me and is with me wherever I go,” she said.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11

Talley continues her 2018 LPGA season Thursday, as she tees off at the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

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