Alison Hovatter of Meridianville doubled her lead in the 24th Women’s State Stroke Play Championship at Canebrake Club in Athens after rounds of 68-70–138 left her six-under-par.
She now leads by four from Phenix City’s Alex Harrell, who shot 70-72–142 and plays for Auburn, with Scottsboro’s Logan Chaney, who plays for Mississippi State, third on 144 after rounds of 71-73.
Hovatter, who will be a junior on the golf team at Ole Miss, had an eagle two on No. 6.
“It was playing 294 yards, is downhill to the green and we had a helping wind. I knew if I could clear the (fairway) bunker, I could drive the green. I did and it rolled up onto the green about 15 feet from the hole and it was very special to make the eagle putt.”
With a birdie on 5 as well, she now had a big lead. Two bogeys and a birdie the rest of the round saw her home in 70.
After Wednesday’s first round Hovatter said…
“I’d been struggling with my game for a while, so I went to Oxford (Ms.) to see our (Ole Miss’s) sports psychologist. She really helped free me up to play my game and I had a sense of peace on the golf course that I’d been missing.
She was able to keep that going.
“I stayed relaxed on the course and really enjoyed the round. I was peaceful throughout.
“I want to keep the same thoughts going (in the final round). I can’t control what anyone else does. I just want to play my game. I’ll try not to focus on score and just visualize each shot and then execute each shot. I want to play free golf and not try to protect it (her lead).”
The leaders tee off at 9:30 in Friday’s final round.
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