Talley to Represent K-State at NCAA Regionals
The sophomore from Clarksville, Arkansas, was recently selected to compete in the 2015 NCAA Women's Golf Regionals at the par-72, 6,350-yard Briggs Ranch Golf Club in San Antonio, Texas, beginning today and running through Saturday.
A unique opportunity, Talley has become the first player in K-State women's golf history to earn an individual bid to a NCAA Regional.
"It still hasn't hit me yet, I don't think it's going to hit me until I get there," said Talley with a smile earlier this week, "but it's really exciting. I keep forgetting that I'm not done (with golf) even though the team is done. I'm still practicing even though it's getting into finals week. It's definitely a more stressful time, but it's going to be a fun time."
Though finals loom in the near future, Talley said she won't let her upcoming exams distract her when she's on the course - but that doesn't mean her evenings while in San Antonio won't be filled with studying.
"When I'm playing golf and I'm on the course, I can kind of forget about school," explained Talley. "So I won't be worried when I'm playing, but when I'm off the golf course, I know I'll have a lot to do in between the rounds. Between studying and playing, I'm going to have a lot to do in San Antonio."
Talley's appearance this weekend will mark the first time K-State will be represented at the NCAA Regionals since the team made an appearance in 2004 and is a step in the right direction for this year's young Wildcat women's golf team.
"I am really excited for Madison to have the opportunity to play at the NCAA's," head coach Kristi Knight said. "It will be a great experience for her. It will be something that she can bring back to her teammates. It is a great opportunity and a reward for her consistent play throughout the year. I just want her to go and enjoy it, have a good time and just play her usual aggressive game."
Going to the NCAA Regionals is a bittersweet feeling for an individual competitor. Though elated to be chosen, Talley wishes her teammates had the opportunity to compete as well.
"(Being selected for the NCAA Regional Tournament) is definitely inspiring to me, but it also sets the standard of what this team can do," explained Talley. "I'm glad I'm going, and I like that I get to go, but I would much rather our whole team be going. We had two girls win individually this year, and that hasn't happened in a long time, so I think we're taking one step at a time and gradually progressing."
During the 2014-15 season, Talley led K-State in stroke average at 73.93 and improved almost eight shots per round over her freshman season. As a sophomore, she paced the Wildcats by recording five top-10 finishes and eight top-20 finishes, including a career-best third place finish at the Lady Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, Ohio, from April 18-19.
Talley enters this weekend's event coming off an interesting performance at the 2015 Big 12 Women's Golf Championship on April 25-26, where she tied for 32nd with a 13-over par 229. Despite a tough second round, Talley rebounded during the final day and led K-State by shooting 1-over par 73. Though her final score wasn't what she hoped for, she said her ability to bounce back and regain focus after a tough second round will only help her this week.
"This year I've felt more confident in my golf game," said Talley. "I'm more confident in my own decisions, and I believe in my shots; that's made a big difference. Right now, I'm feeling good. I struggled a little bit in Big 12s, but I think that actually helps me going into this tournament. I had a bad second round at Big 12s, but it kind of brought me back to my process going from a bad round to a good round. It brought me back down to my basic steps, and I'm going to use that this week."
Talley will be joined today at the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional by five other individuals: Yupaporn Kawinpakorn (Kansas), Marika Liu (Yale), Camino Sardinero (UTEP), Anica Yoo (Oregon State and Manon Molle (New Mexico).
"I just want to have fun through this experience," said Talley. "I still have two more years to try and do it again, but you never know what could happen. I'm just going to go out there play golf, play my game and try and do the very best that I can."
WEIBERG NAMED DEPUTY AD AT TEXAS TECH
Chad Weiberg, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development who has played an instrumental role in the growth and development of the K-State athletics program in his 11 years, has been named Deputy Athletics Director at Texas Tech, Red Raider Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt announced today.
In his new role, which will begin June 8, Weiberg will serve as the chief operating officer overseeing many of the day-to-day functions of the athletics department. Serving as the second in command, Weiberg will be involved with all administrative units and department programming.
"As a key member of our senior leadership team, Chad has played a transformational role in the success of our department and our progress of becoming a Model Intercollegiate Athletics Program," Athletics Director John Currie said. "Under his leadership, the Ahearn Fund has seen tremendous growth in both participation and total gifts, and while selfishly we are sad to see him go, we are extremely happy for him and his family for this terrific advancement opportunity."