Tell City graduates parents of golf stars

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By Larry Goffinet

When Jeff Overton nearly earned his first PGA victory 11 days ago in The Greenbrier Classic—it took Stuart Appleby’s record-tying 59 in the final round to beat him—many  around here were rooting for him because he is from Evansville.

But Overton actually has an even closer tie to Perry County: His mother, the former Sharon Dauby, is a 1967 graduate of Tell City High School.

She met her future husband when she went to college at Terre Haute to become a teacher.

After they married they settled in Evansville, where Sharon Overton still teaches.

Her son should eventually get his first PGA victory, as he is just 27 and has finished in the top three in five of his last 10 tourneys.

As he told USA Today’s Steve DiMeglio, “Like Ian Baker-Finch said, you keeping knocking on the door enough times, eventually something good is going to happen.”

He also said, “I’m playing well, and it was unfortunate that he shot 59 and I didn’t putt the ball very good on Sunday.”

Overton earned $648,000 for his second-place finish and moved up to fourth in the Ryder Cup standings.

The Ryder Cup is a golf competition held every other year between teams from the United States and Great Britain.

There is now also a Junior Ryder Cup for golfers age 16 and under played between a U.S. and a European team. Another Tell City graduate’s offspring will compete in that tourney Sept. 27-28 at Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire, Scotland.

Emma Talley, daughter of 1974 Tell City graduate Dan Talley and granddaughter of Joe Talley, the late Tell City football coach and athletics director, was one of just six girls from across the nation chosen for the U.S. Junior Ryder Cup team, which also includes six boys.

Talley lives in Princeton, Ky., and has placed in the Kentucky high school girls state tourney since she was in the fourth grade.

Last month she won her sixth American Junior Golf Association tourney, in Huntsville, Ala., by 22 strokes with a 15-under-par 198 for the 54-hole event.

She still has uncles and aunts living in Tell City and recently came to Tell City and played an 18-hole round with some men at Hoosier Heights Country Club.

Bruce Chinn reports that she shot a 2-under-par 68 while playing from the men’s tees.