Alison Hovatter advanced to the semifinals of the WSGA Amateur Championship on Thursday afternoon before losing 3 and 2.
May 23, 2013
OXFORD, Miss. -Kathryn Fowler and Alison Hovatter got the summer season off to a hot start for the Ole Miss women's golf program, advancing to the quarterfinals and semifinals, respectively, of the 98th Women's Southern Golf Association Amateur Championship on Thursday in Killen, Ala.
Fowler lost 5 and 3 in the quarterfinals Thursday morning at the Turtle Point Yacht and Country Club (par 72 - 5,961 yards) to Arkansas' Hally Leadbetter. Hovatter, a rising sophomore, advanced to the semifinals Thursday morning with a 1 up victory over Arkansas' Meagan Roberts before falling to Furman's Laura Wearn 3 and 2 in the semifinals Thursday afternoon.
"This is the start Alison needed to kick off her summer and step it up to the next level and be comfortable in her own skin," Ole Miss head coach Michele Drinkard said. "She had a dramatic improvement after her redshirt season when she broke her arm. After that, she really grinded in and learned how to score on the golf course. This summer for her is all about learning how to take success, be comfortable with it, and dig in and get lower.
Despite being an Alabama native, hailing from Meridianville, Ala., Hovatter said Sunday's practice round was the first time she had played at the beautiful course in Killen, Ala. Her performance at the tournament, regarded as one of the most respected amateur events of the summer, has raised her confidence level, she said.
"It's tremendous," Hovatter said. "In match play, you have to make a lot of birdies to win. This tournament taught me to play more aggressive and I have a lot more confidence now. I lost on birdies today, not bad shots. I played pretty well, she played better."
With the WSGA Amateur being the first tournament of the summer, the individual performances by Fowler and Hovatter are a great start for the Rebels as they prepare for the 2013-14 seasons.
"It couldn't be a brighter future for Ole Miss women's golf right now," Drinkard said. "We have some young players who know how to play, and it will be an exciting summer as we get ready for the fall season.
"To have two players reach the quarterfinals shows the depth we have as a team and how everybody pushes each other."
Drinkard was very excited about Fowler's performance after the rising senior took down the tournament's medalist from the qualifying round 2 and 1 in the first round, and advanced to the final eight.
"For Kathryn, she's the recipient of the Taylor Medal for her academics, and her game is just now peaking," Drinkard said. "I couldn't be more excited for her coming up this next year."
For all Ole Miss women's golf news and information, go to OleMissSports.com.
98th WSGA Amateur Championship Turtle Point Yacht & Country Club Par 72 - 5,961 yards
First Round (Round of 32) - Tuesday Kathryn Fowler (Ole Miss) def. Katie Mitchell (Florida) - 2 and 1 Alison Hovatter (Ole Miss) def. Emee Herbert (Tusculum) - 1 up (20 holes)
Second Round (Round of 16) - Wednesday Kathryn Fowler (Ole Miss) def. Allie Knight (Middle Tennessee State) - 2 and 1 Alison Hovatter (Ole Miss) def. Ashleigh Whisenant (Memphis) - 4 and 2
Quarterfinals - Thursday Hally Leadbetter (Arkansas) def. Kathryn Fowler (Ole Miss) - 5 and 3 Alison Hovatter (Ole Miss) def. Meagan Roberts (Arkansas) - 1 up (18 holes)
Semifinals - Thursday Laura Wearn (Furman) def. Alison Hovatter (Ole Miss) - 3 and 2
Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE ATLANTA - On Saturday, fans can tune in to see the Rebels duo of Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze and former Ole Miss basketball player Sean Tuohy compete in the Chick-fil-A... read more
Only 50 days until The Grove is full, the constant shouts of "Hotty Toddy" are in the air, and football kicks off 100 years in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium! Looking forward to this upcoming college football season, seven Rebels were named to... read more
As we near the 2015 college football season, national organizations have started to release watch lists for their respective awards. Through the first week of watch lists being released, multiple Rebels have been announced as players that fans need to... read more
Along with head coach Hugh Freeze, three Rebels will represent Ole Miss at the annual SEC Football Media Days next week. Junior Evan Engram, just named to the John Mackey Award Watch List for college football's most outstanding tight end,... read more
Five Ole Miss Rebels were chosen as preseason All-SEC selections by some of the people who work closest with the student-athletes, the football media relations directors. The 14 football media relations directors of the Southeastern Conference institutions voted in the... read more
The preseason accolades just don't stop for the Ole Miss football team. Everywhere you look, Rebels can be found on preseason All-America teams. Lindy's Sports recognized seven Rebels for preseason honors, including four All-Americans. Four Ole Miss Football Rebels were... read more
With the season just 74 days away, members of the 2015 Ole Miss football team continue to earn recognition on Preseason All-America lists. Athlon Sports, the latest media outlet to release its 2015 college football preseason All-America team, gave five... read more
Preseason All-America football teams continue to roll in, and Ole Miss has been well represented each time.Today, the Sporting News unveiled its preseason All-America first and second teams, which includes a total of four Rebels.OT Laremy Tunsil and DT Robert... read more
Individual preseason accolades continue to pile up for the Ole Miss football team as college football magazines look toward the 2015 season. Athlon Sports is the latest magazine to release its preseason all-conference teams, June 10; the magazine named nine... read more
The start of summer heat and vacations is also the start of another tradition - preseason college football magazines.One of the first to produce a magazine every year is Phil Steele, whose 2015 version includes about as many Ole Miss... read more
Although they will not begin competing for the Rebels until the fall, several members of the 2015 signing class have arrived at Ole Miss to begin their college journey this summer. The first of two summer sessions offered at the... read more
Ole Miss Athletics Week in ReviewApril 28-May 4, 2015Baseball - The Rebels started the week defeating the Bulldogs, 11-1 in the annual Governor's Cup. The 10-run win for the Rebels marked the largest margin of victory in the 36-year history... read more
Welcome to Pittsburgh...and welcome to #SteelersNation, @Quez_G! #SteelersDraft pic.twitter.com/oY8wZc10Kk-- Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 2, 2015 Congrats Senquez Golson! Drafted 56th overall in the 2015 #NFLDRAFT by the Pittsburgh Steelers. #HottyToddy #FinsUp pic.twitter.com/EPGayDNOu7-- Ole Miss Football (@OleMissFB) May 2, 2015 Ole... read more
Six men with ties to Ole Miss were part of the inaugural class of 25 athletes and coaches inducted into the Scott County Hall of Fame this past Saturday at Roosevelt State Park in Morton. It is believed that this... read more