SARASOTA — Donald Ross designed courses test a golfer’s precision, meaning the short game has to be on point if you want to keep your scores low. The Symetra Tour ladies resumed practice rounds Wednesday, continuing their education of Sara Bay’s fairways and greens.

Second-year pro Emma Talley is 14th on the money list entering her first time playing in the Sara Bay Classic, but already knows the approach shots can be a big difference.

“The iron shots are going to be really crucial,” says Talley. “Make sure you have a good putt at it, because if you’re above the hole you might three putt from six feet. So it’s going to be a tough week but interesting.”

However, this is not Talley’s first time playing in the suncoast region. Back in 2015, representing the University of Alabama, she became the NCAA Individual Golf National Champion winning at the Concession Golf Club in Bradenton.

“Winning nationals was a dream come true,” Talley explained. “It was obviously so much fun my junior year of college and I loved Alabama, loved going there. Hopefully the luck is still around.”

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