Wednesday, July 3, 2013
What a difference a couple years can make. That's the story of Anne Marie Covar's golf career.
The former Strom Thurmond stand out and now Wofford senior is heading to the US Women's Amateur Championship in Sugust, and there's one main reason.
Covar says it's all a matter of maturity.
She went to Wofford and starred early on, being named Southern Conference freshman of the year.
The next two years, she struggled, but she refocused and showed that mature attitude in this week's US Amateur qualifier. After three-putting the 17th hole, Covar went to a playoff. She regathered herself, and the rest is history.
She said, "I get out there and I'm doing pretty well. Then I have one bad hole and I'll be two shots out of it, or one shot. This time it was nice. I three-putted 17 to go to a playoff, but we went back out there and it was nice to redeem myself out there."
The "we" she's talking about is she and her brother, who played caddie at the qualifier and will again at the US Women's Amateur.
Sometimes siblings don't make good playing partners, but the Covars make it work.
"We've had our ups and downs. He's caddied for me before, and bad holes you get out there and start arguing a little bit. We're pretty close, though. We're 18 months apart, and we kind of bicker a little bit, but he really helped me out there this week. I have to give him some credit."
This will be Covar's first trip to the US Women's Amateur, but not for another local.
Last year's tournament runner-up and former Augusta resident Ashlan Ramsey won the qualifier to advance to the final in Charleston.
Also, there's another qualifier this coming week in Georgia. Covar's former high school teammate McKenzie Talbert and Augusta legend Laura Coble are both teeing it up there.