Princeton native, former Caldwell County state champion golfer and Alabama University star Emma Talley stands tied for second place at just two shots behind current leader Muni He of Chengdu, China at the marathon LPGA Q-series as they enter the second half of the 144-hole tournament this week in Pinehurst, North Carolin as golfers fight for their right to be on the tour next year.
Talley shot 1-over 72 on Saturday with a pair of birdies and thee bogeys, and is hoping to advance and earn a spot on next season's 2020 LPGA Tour after a 72 score through the first nine holes.
The leader, Muni He, took five birdies on the way to a 2-under 69 to maintain the outright lead on Saturday at Pinehurts No. 6.
The eight-round event now will play at Jack Nickalus-designed Pinehurst No. 9 for the final rounds until November 2.
The tournament will make a top 80-cut after the sixth round with a purse of around $150,000.
Talley is one of seven players tied at 72-holes ad 7-under par with four rounds remaining.
He won on the Symetra Tour in her rookie year of 2018 and also made eight cuts in 19 starts on the LPGA tour this season.
Two shots behind He, at 7 under par, sit Lauren Coughlin (68), Maia Schechter (70) and Talley (72). Lindsey Weaver (70) and Lauren Kim (72), the 36-hole leader, share third place at 6 under.
Now, they'll do it all over again.
The tournament lasts eight days and eight rounds (divided into two segments lasting four days apiece).
According to golfchannel.com, a minimum of the top 45 players and ties will earn LPGA status at the end of the competition. There are 98 players in the field.
The top 45-finishers will receive Category 14 membership on the 2020 LPGA Tour Priority List.
Talley has over $538,000 in career earnings and has four career top 10 finishes since her rookie season in 2018 with four eagles and a 71.96 scoring average.