Talley leaps in rankings with top 3 finish

Emma Talley drops it in from the bunker on No. 3 during the third round of the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic golf tournament on Saturday in Oneida, Wis. Talley eagled the hole and spent much of the event among the leaders before finishing in a tie for third place.

Princeton native Emma Talley’s finish in a tie for third place at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic golf tournament this weekend gave her a big boost in the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings.

Talley, in her rookie season on the LPGA Tour, entered the tournament ranked 357th in the world but now stands at 101st following her strong performance in the Thornberry tournament, held in Oneida, Wis.

The finish also brought her to second place in the Louise ­Suggs Rolex Rookie of the Year standings, behind Jin Young Ko of Korea.

Talley finished the four-round tournament with a 20-under par score of 268, including a 5-under 67 in the final round of the contest Sunday.

With scores in the 60s in all four rounds, the performance was Talley’s third top-seven finish of the year.

The Wisconsin tournament victory went to Sei Young Kim, who shattered an LPGA record with a 31-under-par finish. Carlota Ciganda of Spain was the runner-up, finishing nine shots behind Kim. Talley tied for third with Amy Yang and Anna Nord­qvist. Her performance Sunday included an eagle on the par-5 15th hole, birdies on three others and pars on the rest for a 67, after first, second and third round scores of 65, 68 and 68.

Talley earned $105,768 in the Oneida tournament, bringing her year-to-date total to $286,109.

Tournament action continues later this week, when Talley travels to the Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, for the Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning & O-I.

Talley is set to tee off at 12:32 p.m. Central time Thursday, July 12, in a grouping with In Gee Chun of Korea and Mariah Stackhouse of Riverdale, Ga. The group tees off for Round 2 at 7:37 a.m. Central Friday, July 13. The Golf Channel’s tape-delayed coverage starts at 8 p.m. Central both days.