June 26, 2015
LOS ANGELES –
Alabama women’s golfer Emma Talley will be honored on Monday, June 29 at 8 p.m. CT during the live telecast of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Show on the CBS Sports Network as one of 12 Honda Sports Award winners. The hour-long show will be broadcast from the Southern California campus in Los Angeles.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. After earning the award for golf, Talley became a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup, which will be presented during Monday’s show. After all 12 finalists are introduced, the field will be cut to three and then the 2015 Honda Cup will be awarded. Alabama gymnast Kim Jacob won the 2014 Honda Cup, the first in Crimson Tide history. Talley is the ninth Crimson Tide student to earn a Honda Award, and the second golfer, following Brooke Pancake in 2012.
Talley, a native of Princeton, Ky., capped off a stellar season with a one-stroke victory at the NCAA Championships at The Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., on June 25, becoming the first NCAA medalist in Alabama golf history. She posted a bogey-free final round of 69 and finished 3-under 285.
She earned first-team Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America honors this season making her a three-time All-American after garnering second-team honors as a freshman and honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. She is just the fifth player in history to win both an NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur (2013).
Talley finished the season with a team-best 72.50 stroke average with seven top-10 finishes. She averaged just .69 strokes per round over par and counted towards the team score in 31 of 32 rounds.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for four decades, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.0 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.
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