Chowan University Hawks senior Inecia Rolle had a great season opener in the sport of golf, finishing tied for third at the Cutter Creek Invitational at the Cutter Creek Golf Club in Snow Hill, North Carolina this week.
The invitational was held Monday and Tuesday.
Rolle finished with an eight-over par 152. She was tied with Hannah Stephenson of Lander University.
Finishing at the top of the leaderboard was Johanna Andersson of the University of Mount Olive. She finished with a total score of five-over par 149. Finishing closely behind her in second was her teammate Linn Andersson with a score of six-over par 150.
The Bahamian was at the top of the leaderboard after the first round on Monday, shooting a blistering one-over par 73, one stroke above Linn Anderson in that round.
Johanna Andersson shot a three-over par 75 in the first round.
The second round proved tougher for Rolle. She finished six strokes above her first-round score, shooting a seven-over par 79.
Johanna Andersson came out on top in the second round with a score of two-over par 74. Linn Andersson and Stephenson were tied for second in that round on the par 72 golf course with a score of four-over par 76 each.
Rolle’s teammate, freshman Annery Abreu, finished 29-over par 173 overall to end the two-day tournament tied for 19th with Barton College’s Taylor Capps. Abreu bounced back a horrid first-round score of 22-over par 94 to shoot seven-over par 79 in the second round.
There were 27 competitors in the tournament.
Last season, Rolle had some great finishes. Her best finish came in her final event of the season, the Virginia Wesleyan University Marlins Invitational in Ahoskie, North Carolina. She finished fifth in that competition.
After scoring 13-over par 85 in the first round, she shaved five strokes off that in the second round.
The former Bahamian national junior golf champion finished fifth out of 71 golfers at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate Tournament where she shot 76 and 74.
In the 13 rounds she played last season, she had an average of nine-over par 81.
In addition to performing well on the greens, Rolle was able to make the Conference Carolinas Academic All-Conference team. It is an honor for junior and senior student-athletes who made a grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 and higher.
Rolle was home this summer assisting the Bahamas Golf Federation (BGF) as a golf instructor. She was an assistant coach for Team Bahamas at the Caribbean Amateur Junior Golf Championships that were held at the Albany Golf Course in The Bahamas in late July.
Earlier this summer, she traveled with the men and women’s senior teams to the Dominican Republic for the Caribbean Amateur Golf Championships where she served as an assistant coach for Team Bahamas.
The Hawks will be back on the greens from September 21-22, competing in the Hampton Collegiate Invitational in Hampton, Virginia.
Rolle said one of her goals is to stay healthy in this her final season as she continues to aim for top-three finishes.
Chowan competes in the Conference Carolinas in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II, out of Murfreesboro, North Carolina.
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