Talley headed to Baton Rouge bound for NCAA Regional

Madison Talley watches her ball on her backswing after teeing off on the sixth hole at Colbert Hills on Sep. 8, 2015, during the Marilynn Smith-Sunflower Invitational. (File Photo by Evert Nelson | The Collegian)

The bayou awaits junior Madison Talley, who will represent K-State in the NCAA Women’s Golf Regionals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, starting today.

This marks the second year in a row that Talley has made it to regionals, carding a 23rd-place finish last season. Now that she has that experience behind her, Talley said she is ready to improve this year.

“Last year I went into it and I was more nervous, I think,” Talley said. “This year, after learning some lessons from last year, I’m just more excited to play my game. I’m more relaxed because it’s more familiar, and I feel more confident in my game.”

Talley’s coaches also agree that her experience from last year’s regional will be useful this time around.

“This is her second year in a row to make NCAA’s and her experience will be an asset,” head coach Kristi Knight said to K-State Sports. “(Assistant coach) Stew (Burke) and I are excited for Madison. She has had an impressive season. She is playing really well right now and is looking forward to playing this golf course.”

Talley has led K-State throughout the season, leading the Wildcats in both top-10 and top-20 finishes, including finishing fourth at the Big 12 Championship two weeks ago. Talley is also ranked in the top 100 collegiate golfers, according to Golfweek.

Talley is the first K-State golfer to compete in the regional tournament in back-to-back seasons since 2002-03.

Talley will be the third-seeded golfer behind Ashley Holder from Central Florida and Emma Svensson from Central Arkansas. Tee times are scheduled for 8:15 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Tim Everson was born in Wichita, KS in 1994. Before fifth grade he moved up to Manhattan for one year before settling in Riley, KS where he graduated from Riley County High School in 2012. Tim has worked for the Collegian since spring of 2014 and took over as Sports Editor during the summer of 2015. Tim loves sports, music, movies and good food when he can get it.