Emma Talley Smith Joins WKU Coaching Staff


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The newest volunteer assistant coach for the Western Kentucky University women’s golf team is none other than Caldwell County grad Emma Talley Smith.

WKU head coach Adam Gary announced the news on Tuesday.

“I’m extremely excited to announce the addition of Emma to our staff,” Gary said. “I’ve always said I wouldn’t bring someone on unless they were a perfect fit, and I can’t think of a better person than her. The wealth of experience from the LPGA Tour and knowledge in golf she brings will be unmatched. The team is so excited and will benefit greatly from her presence. This is truly a huge day in the program’s history.”

Smith, a Princeton native, says she will continue to play professionally while assisting with the WKU women’s golf team.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity from Adam and WKU,” Smith said. “Western Kentucky is home to me and to be able to help these girls reach their potential and show them they can reach their dreams both on and off the golf course is so so special. “

Smith won three KHSAA state championships at Caldwell County before going on to a stellar college career at the University of Alabama. She won the 2013 USGA Women’s Amateur Championship before claiming the NCAA Individual Championship in 2015.

“College golf is one of my favorite memories in my career so far and I hope to just be one more piece of the puzzle for these amazing girls! I hope to be an asset to this program! I’m super thankful for this opportunity! Go Tops!”

(This story includes information from a WKU Sports release.)

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