The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The 2015 Honda Cup will be presented on June 29.
“I am truly honored to win the Honda Award for Golf,” Talley said. “Just being a finalist was special for me, so to win the award over such a talented group of finalists is amazing. My win a the NCAA Championships was a dream come true, and I want to thank Coach Mic Potter, Coach Susan Rosenstiel and all of my current and former teammates. I would not have this opportunity without all of the guidance and inspiration they have provided throughout my time at Alabama.”
Talley, a native of Princeton, Ky., capped off a stellar season with a one-stroke victory at the NCAA Championships at The Concession Club in Bradenton, Fla., on June 25, becoming the first NCAA medalist in Alabama golf history. She posted a bogey-free final round of 69 and finished 3-under 285.
She earned first-team Women’s Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-America honors this season making her a three-time All-American after garnering second-team honors as a freshman and honorable mention accolades as a sophomore. She is just the fifth player in history to win both an NCAA Championship and the U.S. Amateur (2013).
"I could not be more excited for Emma,” Alabama head coach Mic Potter said. “The Honda Award for Golf is one of the most prestigious honors in our sport and Emma is very deserving. I can’t say enough about her performance at the NCAA Championships. Her consistent excellence over four rounds, and her dedication to playing one shot at a time is why she is one of the best amateur players in the world. Emma has become such a complete player, a great competitor and a tremendous ambassador for our program. She is a truly special student-athlete and the epitome of the complete student-athlete.”
Talley finished the season with a team-best 72.50 stroke average with seven top-10 finishes. She averaged just .69 strokes per round over par and counted towards the team score in 31 of 32 rounds.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 39 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.0 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.