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Americus' Fowler takes break from Ole Miss to defend Albany Amateur title

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

AMERICUS -- It's the year of the B for Kathryn Fowler.

Literally.

It happened in organic chemistry II on the campus at Ole Miss, where Fowler was a sophomore in the classroom and a redshirt freshman on the golf course.

That darned B popped up this year, and Fowler dealt with it like she deals with her golf game -- she just looked ahead.

"That was the first B I ever made in my life,'' said Fowler, who had a 4.0 GPA when she graduated from Southland Academy in 2009 as The Herald's Player of the Year for girls golf. She has a 3.94 GPA at Ole Miss, and was recently named an Academic All-American. Not bad for the pre-med student from Americus who has a major in the Classics with an emphasis on Latin. That's right, Carpe diem!

The Roman poet Horace made "Carpe diem" the most popular Latin phrase in history famous in the century before Christ was born, and if you know anything about Fowler, you know the shoe fits. The phrase simply means "seize the day.''

That's what Fowler will be up to this weekend in Albany, where she will try to win her third consecutive title in the Albany Amateur Championship. She knows how to seize the day and the moment.

"I'm really, really looking forward to this tournament,'' Fowler said Thursday. "I will be going from the Albany Amateur to the state amateur, going from one to the next. That's a great sequence to finish off my summer.''