Rolle camp tees-off in December
Now that the sport of golf will be included in the 2016 Olympic Games, Bahamian professional golfer Georgette Rolle feels that it is the perfect time to refocus on the sport.
The third annual Georgette Rolle Junior Golf Camp, set for December 15-17 at the Bahamas Golf Federation(BGF)Training Facilities, will be used by Rolle and several of the Bahamian collegiate golfers to re-introduce the sport to current players and persons from the inner city. The camp, which is in its third year, will be free of charge to interested players between the ages of 6-16. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. The BGF Training Facilities is located in the Balliou Hill Sports Complex opposite the cycling track.
Rolle said: ”The camp is designed to promote junior golf in The Bahamas. We want to introduce the game to them and improve the social and life skills, through golf. We want to teach them skills where they will be able to practice or play at any golf course or be named to the national team. So there will be different exercises each day with the goal, at the end of the camp, for the participants to be able to play a full round of golf.
“Now is the time for them to start learning about the game, take advantage of the many opportunities that are there. The path or journey to the Olympics starts now. Also, there are many scholarships available. An early start to the game, where they can learn the fundamentals is very important. It is time for us to start grooming more golf players. We are losing too many of our players to the other sports. I know it is not as attractive or as popular, here in The Bahamas, as the other sports but we are willing to start and change this. So we are going to be as helpful as we can, giving them that push they need.”
Other objects are to enhance the BGF Junior Golf Program by providing scholarships for memberships for deserving individuals, encourage participants to recognize their potential for success and develop their skills to the highest level. The camp is being sponsored by BTC, Bahamas Golf Federation, Bahamas Waste Ltd, Buy-4-Less Stores, Cable Bahamas Cares Foundation, Eagle Electrical Supplies, Le Bleu Juice, Ministry of Youth, Sports&Culture, Nautilus H2O, Quencom, R&E Imports&Sales, the First Tee of Houston, Weight Watchers, and Wendy’s Corporation.
Rolle, who started playing golf at age six, is just one of two Bahamian female golfers playing on the professional level. Joining her is Racquel Riley.
Rolle turned pro in 2008 and has just ended her 2010 golf season. Next year, she will play in the Ladies Professional Golf Association(LPGA)Duramed Futures Golf Tour with hopes of qualifying for one of the tournaments in 2012.