Sunday USA Curtis Cup Player Quotes

EMMA TALLEY:  I just played my game.  Today our captain said it was successful Sunday, we had a theme for every day.  I just came out and tried to play my game.  It was fun; speechless.

Q.  You played flawlessly.  What happened on the last hole there for you?

EMMA TALLEY:  Well, I knew that that chip shot, I wasn't really trying to be that aggressive, but it worked out for the better.  I had a little two‑and‑a‑half‑footer to win it, and a little break, actually, but it was nice to see it drop in the hole.

Q.  You've got to be on top of the world.  You said earlier this morning it was the best week of your life.  What about this moment?

EMMA TALLEY:  Dreams do come true, that's for sure.  This was the best week ever.  I'm just happy to play with my friends and to my for my country is even better.

Q.  As the reining U.S. Women's Amateur Champion, how does this rank up there with winning the Curtis Cup; good feeling?

EMMA TALLEY:  I can't even compare them really.  It's awesome.  This has been a very blessed year and I'm very thankful that God has given me that opportunity.

Q.  Quite fitting that you would get the final point for you to win.

EMMA TALLEY:  This week was a dream come true and I couldn't be more happy that I could do this for my country and it was a great week for my friends, and go USA.

Q.  Are you surprised how well your team has played?

EMMA TALLEY:  I'm surprised Captain didn't have a harder time than she did.  Everyone is playing so well this week and that helped a lot obviously, so I'm excited to watch the rest.

Q.  You played in the Kraft Nabisco and you're playing in the U.S. Women's Open very shortly and the Women's British.  You won the winning point this week, current Amateur Champion, doesn't get much better does it?

EMMA TALLEY:  God has definitely given me an opportunity that I'm taking advantage of, and I'm very blessed and honored to be a part of all of this.

Q.  Where do you think you can go from here?

EMMA TALLEY:  U.S. Open next week.  All I can do is keep playing my game, have fun, and do my best.

Q.  Obviously you knew by virtue of being the first out that you had the potential all day to be the person who secured the point.  Was that in your mind at any point?

EMMA TALLEY:  Oh, for sure.  Captain Port put me out first.  I wanted to get it done for my team so they could play their hearts out today.  We all wanted to play for each other this week and we all did this.

It was a privilege that I got to go out first and I was very happy that I got that opportunity and glad I got to secure the point.

Q.  Bronte is a very tough competitor.

EMMA TALLEY:  Oh, for sure.  I played with her in college golf and she's a great player.  She had a few putts that were lipping out on her that could have changed things for sure.  The putts were dropping for me today and I played really well.

Q.  That's indicative of the whole week.  They lipped‑out and you guys made.

EMMA TALLEY:  Yeah, that's sometimes how it goes and all of us seemed to be playing pretty well this week which was pretty exciting.

Q.  Captain Port said she went to you guys and asked who wanted to go out first and I guess you're the type that likes to be the lead‑off batter, per se?

EMMA TALLEY:  I didn't really know.  She just walked up to me and asked me if I cared if I was the first out and I said, "Hey, I'd love to."  It was definitely an honor to be able to go out first for my country.

Q.  How will this week help prepare you for Pinehurst?

EMMA TALLEY:  I'm excited.  This is a good week but now I have to go home and practice and get ready for that, because those girls are good.

Q.  Your college coach said that he has not seen you hit the ball this well since he was recruiting you at a junior tournament.  Can you talk about how you're striking it this week?

EMMA TALLEY:  I played really well this week, and my putting was right on.  I hit the ball great this week.  I struggled kind of this fall and spring in college golf, but when I got home, I went to my coach and I really practiced hard and kind of took a couple days off even.

To be out here with all my friends practicing, we got a whole week, basically, before we even started playing.  It was good preparation and all came together at the right time.

Q.  Do you have any thought about why you guys have been so on this week, why do you have dominated this tournament?

EMMA TALLEY:  I don't know if there's anything else to say other than you're playing for your country.  This is a once‑in‑a‑lifetime kind of thing.  It's a dream come true for all of us.  We've been playing together since we were 13 years old.  This was the peak of our career and this is what we've been working for for a long time.  We wanted to be prepared for this.

Q.  When you look at the two teams, is it fair to say the Americans are just deeper top to bottom?

EMMA TALLEY:  I don't know, they have great players.  I have heard of all of them.  Bronte and Stephanie and all those girls, they are really, really good.

I lost a match the other day and I shot under par.  A lot of girls are really good out here.

Q.  Is there anything that surprised you that you didn't anticipate?

EMMA TALLEY:  The crowds.  The crowds I didn't think were going to be this big.  Probably the best crowd I've seen in a long time and so fun to see all these little kids, and everybody is so nice.  It's just a great experience all together.

Q.  Going out first and having the opportunity to get the winning point, how much did your experience in the Amateur help; was that a big plus for you, playing under pressure like that?

EMMA TALLEY:  Yeah, I think that helped.  I'm used to the crowds from the Amateur and I kind of love being around all these kind of people. So I think that was a good experience for me and kind of got me to be able to be more comfortable with it, even playing in a couple LPGA events got me comfortable to be ‑‑ to have a lot of pressure on myself.

Q.  Who made the necklace?

EMMA TALLEY:  Captain Port got us these.  Pretty cool.

Q.  When did you get it?

EMMA TALLEY:  At the beginning of the week.

Q.  I saw you biting it out there.  Is that something you always do?

EMMA TALLEY:  I usually wear my cross but because we all had these, I decided to take it off and wear this one.

Q.  Will the best part being able to celebrate when it's finished?

EMMA TALLEY:  Like I said, we've all been forever and this is the best week ever and a dream come true for sure.


Q.  Did you know that the Cup was won when you heard a yell back on the 13th green?

ALLY McDONALD:  No, I assumed that it was really good, because we had a big crowd, but I didn't know for sure if we had gotten the Cup back but it's good now that I know that.

Q.  What has this experience meant to you so far?

ALLY McDONALD:  It's been amazing.  It was a blessing to have been chosen, and I just wanted to take advantage of this opportunity and make memories and play the best golf that I could, and I think this weekend, I played pretty well.

Q.  Yeah, you certainly did, and you're going back for your senior year; is that correct?

ALLY McDONALD:  Yes, I want to finish out.

Q.  You talked about your week; is this about as well as you expected to play?

ALLY McDONALD:  You know, not having experience like this, I felt like I played pretty well.  I expected coming in to be a big part of the team and to contribute as much as I could, and I think I played really well.  Of course, you always leave shots out there in golf but that's going to happen.  But overall, I'm pretty pleased with how I played.

Q.  Next up is the U.S. Women’s Open; in what way was this event a preparation for that, or was it not?

ALLY McDONALD:  I definitely think it was preparation.  I've never had this big of a crowd out watching me play, so that was one of my biggest things that I knew I would take away that would be positive going into the Open.  I know there's going to be a big crowd at Pinehurst so I knew that it prepared me a little bit for the pressure and having a lot of people out watching.

Q.  A lot of people back home watch you and they are watching you right now.  How nice is it that the Americans won and that you played such a big part this week and for the folks back home?

ALLY McDONALD:  It's amazing.  Fulton, Mississippi, has been cheering me on for a long time, and star gold (ph) where Mississippi State is, and it's just amazing the support I get from Mississippi in general and how much they cheer me on.  I know that they are always there, and they are always going to be lifting me up and a lot of positive things coming from everyone.

Q.  What does Captain Port mean to this team?  What has she done for you guys?

ALLY McDONALD:  She's been amazing.  I think this team, we didn't rely heavily on the aspect of on‑course knowledge.  I feel like she came in when she needed to and she told us what we needed to know on certain shots, particularly this one.  She said the pin is way left and you're not going to be able to get to it unless you're on the right side of the fairway. 

Just things like that was a big part, but she wasn't completely and totally into everyone's routine and shot selection, so she came in when she knew that she needed to and was a big factor I think in our win.

Q.  Not to say you haven't had a great career, but I think you have kind of flown under the radar the last couple years and now you've broke through at the North & South your great recruitment at Mississippi State, the Women's Open, now Curtis Cup; how fulfilling has this last year been for you?

ALLY McDONALD:  It's been amazing.  I think I ‑‑ I say I think; I knew I had the capability of becoming a better player if I kept working at it.

But like I've said in previous interviews, several of the girls on the team have had a lot of more junior golf success and I guess I didn't really figure out that I could play until probably junior, senior year, when I was in North Carolina at the Junior and I made the semifinal.  I think that's when it really kicked in and I was like, hey, keep working and you're going to go places that you want to go.


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