Kathryn Fowler, pictured, and Alison Hovatter advanced to the quarterfinals of the WSGA Amateur Championship on Wednesday in Killen, Ala.
May 22, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. – A pair of Ole Miss women’s golfers in Kathryn Fowler and Alison Hovatter shot themselves into the quarterfinal round of the 98th Women’s Southern Golf Association (WSGA) Amateur Championship on Wednesday in Killen, Ala.
Played at the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club (par 72 – 5,961 yards), Fowler defeated Allie Knight of Middle Tennessee State 2 and 1 in the round of 16, and Hovatter took down Ashleigh Whisenant of Memphis 4 and 2 to advance to the quarterfinals.
“The Southern Amateur is one of the most respected amateur events of the summer,” Ole Miss women’s golf head coach Michele Drinkard said. “To have two of our girls reach the quarters is a tribute to our program and to their competitiveness.”
There will be a distinct Southeastern Conference flavor in the two quarterfinal matchups Thursday, as Fowler and Hovatter will face a pair of Arkansas Razorbacks. Fowler will face Hally Leadbetter of Arkansas at 8:32 a.m. CT and Hovatter will go against Meagan Roberts of Arkansas at 8:56 a.m. CT on Thursday.
The tournament began Monday with a qualifying round for all entrants in a stroke play format. The top 32 qualifiers made the championship flight, which is a match play format, and the remaining field that did not make the top 32 was placed in a consolation bracket with flights of 16 golfers each.
Fowler, an Americus, Ga., native, and Hovatter, who hails from Meridianville, Ala., each made their way into the championship flight and advanced to the second round of the match play phase of the tournament by topping highly regarded foes in the first round.
Fowler defeated Katie Mitchell of Florida on Tuesday 2 and 1. Mitchell was the medalist Monday, posting the low score of the tournament in the qualifying round with a 4-under-par 68. Hovatter, meanwhile, advanced past defending WSGA amateur champion Emee Herbert of Tusculum on Tuesday 1 up after 20 holes.
The Rebels have had success at the WSGA Amateur Championship in the past, as Ashley Lance (Franklin, Tenn.) took home the tournament crown in 2010 in Chattanooga, Tenn.
“Both Kathryn and Alison will need to play very aggressively Thursday,” Drinkard said. “They can’t necessarily think of what their opponent is doing on that particular hole. They will need a game plan and they will need to go about it aggressively and, frankly, make a lot of birdies.”
The quarterfinal round will begin Thursday morning, followed by the semifinal round in the afternoon. The championship will be a 36-hole match scheduled for Friday.
It's Sunday, so that means it's time for this week's Observations from the Best Seat in the House. There was no shortage of observations surrounding the Homecoming festivities this weekend. Let's get into it:1. When "College GameDay" visits Baton Rouge,... read more
The winning formula revealed itself as it has throughout the season: a dominant defense and a mistake-free offense. The Ole Miss defense forced four turnovers, while the Ole Miss offense did not commit a single turnover in a workmanlike 34-3... read more
Three areas to watch as No. 3 Ole Miss faces Tennessee for Homecoming on Saturday.'Third Down for What'Tennessee is very dangerous, Ole Miss football head coach Hugh Freeze said, because its talented, particularly if it gets momentum and confidence during... read more
Highlights from today's media opportunity with SEC Nation host Joe Tessitore and analysts Tim Tebow and Marcus Spears discussing the show's visit to Oxford for the SEC matchup between No. 3 Ole Miss and Tennessee. Tessitore recalls calling the first college... read more
At the halfway point of the regular season, Ole Miss is 6-0 for the first time since 1962, when it went 10-0 and earned a share of the national title. It's No. 3 ranking in the national polls is its... read more
With a dominant defense that ranks among the nation's leaders in most statistical categories, head coach Hugh Freeze acknowledged he has changed his offensive philosophy and play-calling to limit negative plays and quick possessions. Ole Miss averaged the second-most offensive... read more
Highlights from Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze and Tennessee head coach Butch Jones on the SEC teleconference Wednesday, ahead of Saturday's game in Oxford. For the full SEC teleconference, go here. Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze (starts at... read more
Head coach Hugh Freeze admitted the offense played well enough to manage the game and let the defense win it. Ole Miss leaned on its running game, rushing for 160 yards on 35 carries, while Bo Wallace completed 13-of-19 passes... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewOct. 6-12, 2014Football- The No. 3 Ole Miss Rebels showed they belong among the nation's upper crust with a dominating 35-20 win at No. 14 Texas A&M on Saturday.- Ole Miss jumped out to a... read more
In this week's edition of Observations from the Best Seat in the House, Metz Camfield and I teamed up to give you our thoughts and opinions of the week that was in Ole Miss athletics. I was able to travel... read more