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From the Tee Box at the 2016 SEC Championships

As the Ole Miss women's golf team tees it up this weekend at the 2016 SEC Championships at Greystone Golf and Country Club in Birmingham, OleMissSports.com tagged along to record some of the behind-the-scenes action and each day will bring five observations from the round.

 Round Two - Saturday, April 16, 2016

1. Senior Hovatter Goes Low on Day Two
Alabama native Alison Hovatter (Meridianville, Ala.) fired a 1-under par 71 in second day action at the 2016 SEC Championship. Hovatter, who is playing in her fourth SEC championship, carded her first round of under par on the second day and her 71 is the lowest round she's registered in postseason action. Prior to today's 71, Hovatter's postseason best was a 73 at the 2013-14 SEC Championship on the Greystone Founders Course. In fact, Hovatter's round of 71 is the best round for an Ole Miss player in the SEC Championship since former Ole Miss women's golfer Sara Grantham recorded two rounds under par en route to a fifth place finish in 2010. Hovatter entered the SEC Championship with a team-best 74.97 stoke average and has been Ole Miss' top finisher in the last five tournaments.

2. Words From Assistant Coach Drew Belt

Ole Miss head coach Kory Henkes and assistant coach Drew Belt combine to make a great coaching tandem for the Rebels and Belt gave OleMissSports.com a few of his thoughts from today's round:

"I'm really excited about Martina (Flori). This is her best tournament of the year so far and it's her first SEC Championship as a freshman so it's really awesome to see her perform. Alison (Hovatter) also struck the ball really well today. She hit 15 greens and the green's she missed she chipped in. She has really performed well. As a team its lots of fun to see some smiles and play well and compete with some of these better players."

3.  Club of the Day

Some days you have a club that just gets you out of a jam or one that has been making some shots for you. As Alison Hovatter put it "My driver just kept me in play all day" Today, the Ole Miss women's golf team shared their "Club of the Day"

Maria Toennessen - 8 Iron

Martina Flori - Putter

Madisen Bentley - Driver

Alison Hovatter - Driver

Abby Newton - Sand wedge

4.  Looking at the Leaderboard

Ole Miss enters championship Sunday sitting in eighth place, moving up a spot after carding a 300 in the second round. Something interesting to look at is the squad's the Rebels are ahead of in the standings. Ole Miss entered the SEC Championship ranked No. 107 according to the Golfstat ranking but right now sits ahead of No. 26 Tennessee, No. 35 Vanderbilt and No. 48 LSU. 

5. Saturday Attire

The Rebels donned a more traditional outfit for the second round of action. Ole Miss wore white sleeveless tops with light gray polka-dotted shorts. The outfit was topped off with a gray long sleeve top and navy hat.

Additional Tidbits:

Dinner Options: The Rebels have dinned at Kobe Japanese Hibachi and Steakhouse and Carrabba's after rounds while in Birmingham.

I Know You: The Rebels will be paired with Tennessee and South Carolina on championship Sunday. Head coach Kory Henkes knows a thing or two about the Gamecocks as she is a Columbia native and played for the Gamecocks from 2001-04.

Early To Bed: On this trip freshman Martina Flori is hitting the hay pretty early. She enjoys her shuteye and needs 8-10 to function so her 8:45 pm bedtime on Friday night was on the late end of things.

Looking Ahead: Ole Miss is sitting in eighth place entering the final round and should they finish in that same position it would be the best finish for the Rebels at the SEC Championship since a eighth place finish in 2010. Ole Miss' best finishes were in 1999 (Third) and 1998 (Sixth).  

I'm Back

Ole Miss women's golf sports information director, Jessica Poole will be blogging for the women's golf team throughout the 2014 SEC Championships held at Greystone Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala.

Hey everyone, you might remember my blogging from the team's trip to Knoxville, Tenn., for the Mercedes Benz Classic in the fall, but if not I'm Jessica Poole, Ole Miss women's golf sports information director. Essentially, I'm the keeper of all information regarding Ole Miss women's golf!

Anyhow, I'm back and blogging from Alabama for this week's SEC Championship. It's been awhile since I've traveled with this group and I'm so happy to be back in the Ole Miss sprinter! Love me some Big Blue

I'm not the only support staffer on this trip. Our sports psychologist, Josie Nicholson, is also on this trip. She's been doing some awesome work with our team this season and has been a great addition to our team. She can work with the team before and after the rounds and can make suggestions to the coaches throughout. I know that her thoughts and suggestions will be a great help for this team throughout the weekend.

The best thing for me about traveling with this team is the stuff that happens in the Sprinter. For those that don't know, the Sprinter is a big blue van that has Ole Miss on the side and it's a pretty sweet ride. I always sit in one of the front two seats in the back next to Abby Newton. Well today, we had a FUNNY moment in the sprinter on the way back to the hotel from our practice round (which we KILLED by the way:) Abby was checking out a vine on her phone entitled "What you think when your ex walks by" well, she clicked on it and out came some song lyrics, but they weren't just any song lyrics, they were song lyrics that you can't share with your grandma. Well, said lyrics came out and came out LOUD. Abby's face might have been the most priceless thing I have ever seen, imagine deer in headlights frantically turning down her phone! It was hilarious.

Fast forward to the SEC Banquet. The dinner was phenomenal and the senior salutes were great, but the best part of the meal was the confusion that Josie and I caused. We all got a text from coach Drinkard, saying "6 ok with everyone?" Everyone answers back 'Yes ma'am" Well ... Josie and I were thinking 6 a.m. for our departure time in the morning. Now mind you, we tee off at 9:10 and our hotel is 10 minutes from the course so 6 a.m., seemed SUPER EARLY! Naturally, Josie and I mentioned this at dinner and were greeted with "6 p.m. for dinner" and of course Josie and I let out a big "OH" ... talk about egg on face!

Well with that being said, it's time for me to get ready for our big day tomorrow. We tee off at 9:10 a.m. and are playing with Missouri (For this SID, this is a pairing that REALLY pulls at the heart strings. My new team playing with my alma mater... eeks!)

Make sure to follow along on Golfstat and on @OleMissWGolf on Twitter throughout the weekend.

Hotty Toddy,

 Jess Poole (Official SEC Championship Blogger of Ole Miss WGolf)




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