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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.

Well we're back in Oxford and the SEC Championships are over. Kinda hard to believe that the regular season is over if you think about it, it seems like just yesterday we were hopping in the Sprinter to kick off the fall season. My first season as the Ole Miss Women's Golf contact has been filled with laughter, fun and LOTS of pictures. (Can't believe we didn't get an Instagram until the spring ... SID-fail but Coach J had my back:)

 Some lessons that I learned from the women's golf team this year ...

1. There is no such thing as too much laughter or pictures

2. Abby Newton and animal crackers go together like peas and carrots

3. Always carry your rain gear (especially if I'm on a road trip, my presence increases the likelihood of rain by at least 50 percent)

4. Running a golf tournament = LONG HOURS

5. Ole Miss women's golf is family meaning that discussions of things like bodily functions are all likely to happen and even more likely to happen during a meal

6. Golf needs walk up music ... just think about it, when you're approaching the tee and you hear "Thunderstruck" ... that would pump me up!

Speaking of walk up songs, we did talk about this over the week and we had a few good ones, although none better than Coach Drinkard's (You'll have to ask her about that!, if you can't figure it out)

Abby Newton - Thunderstruck

Alison Hovatter - The Only Way I Know

Taelor Rubin - Dust on the Bottle

Stani Schiavone - Know What You Did in the Dark

Maria Toennessen - Burn 

Coach Drinkard - A song we can't name by Elton John!

Coach Howland - Livin' on a Prayer 

Lynnette Johnson - Don't Look Back 

Josie Nicholson -Fighter 

Jess Poole - September

Well, Ole Miss women's golf, came and saw and conquered and we all had a darn good time in the process!

Until next season,

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

 

Rainy Start to the SEC Championships

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.

Well, looks like I'm cursed (At least I am not a British man, sorry Lynnette) We've got rain here in Birmingham, go figure. The last time I traveled with this crew, we had an ENTIRE round cancelled in Knoxville and today we had a one hour rain delay and now we've had today's round cancelled. It's definitely me (Sorry coaches!)

In my time at the course today, I have noticed that golfers have some really interesting ways to pass time. Aside from the usual playing with your phone and listening to music, doing homework, there are also teams that play cards. Texas A&M and South Carolina were having intense card games, while our team just enjoyed our time together. Lots of laughs had by allJ and many many things for our quote board!

Despite the rain, we did have a few fans, our administrator Lynnette Johnson made the trip to cheer us on and we even had an alum out on the course during our practice round, John Todd (Class of '64). We have some of the best fans ever. You can count on a Rebel sighting wherever we go!  

Ok so back to the rain ....

We decided at 12:45 p.m. that we were going to play.  (Yay). So we had a rain soaked day on the golf course. We battled not only the course, but the wind and the rain and the darkness and we came out #RebelStrong.

As usual, the best part of the day was dinner. We had a lovely meal in the private room at Greystone's Legacy Course (Shout out to Brett for hooking that up). During this meal, we talked about many, many things but the best was talking about what each golfer would have as a walk up song if we did that sort of thing in golf.

Coach Drinkard's was the best. It's an Elton John song and if you know Coach Drinkard you know what this song isJ

There were lots of laughs as usual at dinner tonight and I'll leave you with this little gem.

"T-W-O by T-W-O by T-W-O" you'll have to ask Taelor Rubin about that one.

We're back at it tomorrow at 10 a.m. 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)

 

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)

 

 

Gleadall Gets Taste For Caddying

Thumbnail image for Gleadall_Natalie040712d_RKJ.JPGFormer Ole Miss women's golfer Natalie Gleadall is used to hitting golf balls, not carrying golf bags. After missing out on qualifying for the LPGA Manulife Financial Classic on July 8, Gleadall bumped into friend Laura Diaz, a 15-year veteran on the LPGA Tour. Diaz then asked Gleadall to be her caddy for the week at the tournament. What followed would be an inspiring and exciting experience Gleadall won't forget.

Diaz joined the LPGA in 1999 and has won more than $5 million and two LPGA tournaments throughout her career. She has played on four U.S. Solheim Cup teams, and will serve as an assistant captain at this year's event in Parker, Colo.

Gleadall met Diaz last summer and the two kept in touch via email. Having never caddied before at an LPGA event, Gleadall had to think about the decision to caddy for a little bit before finally agreeing.

Diaz teed off just after noon Thursday with Katie Futcher and Lauren Doughtie, whose caddy, Chad Smalley, just happened to be a good family friend of Gleadall's. Diaz carded a 1-under-par 70 in the first round, and an even-par 71 in the second round, missing the cut by two strokes.

While Diaz and Gleadall didn't make it to the weekend, Gleadall said she learned a lot about staying calm and patient on the course, playing to her strengths, and the importance of being comfortable in her shots. Diaz showed in her round, Gleadall said, that you can never give up in golf because you never know when you will get on a roll.

"I walk away from this week feeling so inspired and ready to get back to work," Gleadall said. "I am so excited to see what the future has in store."

Gleadall has played primarily on the SunCoast Ladies Tour this year. In 16 events (38 rounds), Gleadall has a stroke average of 73.65 and has earned more than $16,000.

Among her best SunCoast Ladies Tour finishes, Gleadall finished tied for 11th at Orange Tree Country Club, tied for seventh at Timacuan, eighth at the LPGA International Champions, and third at the Harmony Golf Preserve.

On the Canadian Women's Tour, Gleadall finished tied for sixth at Beach Grove Golf Club, 10th at Ambassador Golf Club, and tied for seventh at the PGA of Canada Women's Championship.

Gleadall graduated from Ole Miss following the 2011-12 season.


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