Fowler's great summer on links gets even better

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Kathryn Fowler is at it again, only this time she's playing team golf.

It doesn't matter to Fowler, who is having a tremendous summer on the golf course. She teamed with Brenda Pictor of Marietta on Wednesday to help Team Georgia build a nine-point lead against Team Florida in the 30th annual Georgia-Florida Team Matches competition at the PGA National Resort and Spa.

Team Georgia leads 13 1/2 to 4 after the first day, which was a 4-ball, best-ball round. Today's final round is one-on-one match play.

"I played really well (Wednesday),'' said Fowler, an Americus native who was The Herald's Player of the Year two years ago when she was a senior at Southland Academy. "And my partner played real well. We both had birdie chances most of the time, and one of us rolled it in for birdie.

"I was just kind of in a zone. I wasn't thinking about scoring. Maybe that's why I played so well.''

Fowler has been in a zone most of the summer.

Fowler began the summer by winning the Albany Amateur Championship, and then followed that title by winning the Greater Atlanta Women's Amateur Championships a few days later. She credits her brilliant summer to her lay-off at Ole Miss, where she was a redshirt freshman last year and could not compete. Instead, she just worked on her game, and she couldn't wait to start competing as an individual this summer.

"I really believe the (lay-off) really helped me,'' she said.

Fowler will finish the match today in Florida and start getting ready to move back to Ole Miss, where she starts classes on Aug. 20.

Each team had six two-women teams, and Fowler and Pictor beat Meghan Stasi and Natalie McNicholas in the top match of the day, 3-0. The scores are based on the front nine, the back nine and the 18-hole total for three points per match. Fowler meets Stasi, who has won two U.S.A Mid-Amateur titles. But it's just another challenge she plans to meet.

"I'm looking forward to playing her,'' she said. "I just have to stick to my game plan.''

She's also looking forward to a big year at Ole Miss, where she can finally compete.

"It's been a great summer,'' Fowler said. "I really feel my game has come so far in the last year. I hope it continues into the fall.''