Emma Talley Wins NCAA Championship

Emma Talley of the University of Alabama is the 2015 individual champion at the NCAA Women's Championship tournament. It's not the first huge trophy she's won. Here's a photo of her holding the U.S. Women's Amateur trophy she claimed in 2013:

Talley, a Kentucky native, shot 69 in the final round, finishing at 3-under 285 (only three golfers finished under par). That was one shot better than the runners-up, Gaby Lopez of Arkansas and Leona Maguire of Duke.

At the 2013 U.S. Women's Amateur Championship, Talley beat Cindy Feng in the championship match by a 2-and-1 score.

Emma was a member of the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team in 2008 and the Curtis Cup team in 2014. Talley was undefeated (3-0-1) last year in the Curtis Cup.

Also in 2014, Emma played in four of the five LPGA majors (all but the Evian), making the cut in two of them. She tied for 17th place in the Women's British Open. She previously made the cut in the 2012 U.S. Women's Open.

Emma is 21 years old and wrapping up her junior year at the University of Alabama. Her first college win came at the 2013 PING/ASU Invitational, and she recorded eight Top 10 finishes in her first two seasons. In the 2014-15 season, she added four more Top 10s.

With her victory in the 2015 nationals, Emma becomes just the fifth woman to win both a U.S. Amateur and an NCAA championship.