During the week prior to LET tour school I was able to take a trip down to Mar Menor in Spain with my friend, Tonje Daffinrud, and her family. Tonje is a Norwegian golfer and her family has a beautiful home at a golf resort in an area south of Alicante along the east coast of Spain. I came down with her to spend some quality “training camp” days practicing on real grass and in the sun before heading off to tour school.

This was my first trip to Spain, and we were pretty lucky to have perfect weather. We practiced all day for 4 days straight and played about 54 holes in total. I believe “playing” is what truly helps you become tournament ready, but my new coach says, Scandinavians are really good at creating long, successful careers because they spend a lot of time hitting balls on the range. This of course is due to the long and cold, snowy winters. Thus, they work hard on their swing technique and not just placing the ball on the green. Californians are able to hit a few balls at the range and then be done with “work” because the weather is lovely and playing on the course is way more fun than practicing. I’m very interested to see how much my golf tournament performance will improve due to my Scandinavian preparation.

I arrived in Morocco on the evening of December 7th. It was a much shorter trip from Norway than from California, which was lovely. I’m practically in the same time zone which made it easier to adjust. Morocco is very different compared to every country I have ever visited. I’m enjoying my time here, and I hope I can go explore the area when I’m not on the golf course. I have spent the past few days practicing and playing the course. At this point I have done everything I can to prepare well for the tournament, so now I just get to go play! 

My tee time is today at 10:10am and I play with two other girls, one from Finland and the other from Sweden. I look forward to playing well, but I’m trying not to put pressure on myself. I have my full card on the Symetra Tour for next year and playing on the European Tour would just be a bonus. To have the opportunity to play all over the world as well as the U.S. sounds like a great situation to be in for 2016! But other than that, I am looking forward to celebrating Christmas in Norway. It’s my first time away from my family for the best holiday of the year, so that will be tough, but I know it will be a happy time no matter what.

I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a Merry Christmas!

Until next time,
  Emily Talley
  Napa native, pro golfer, world traveler, Bandit fan