Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Thursday, May 2, 2013
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (May 2, 2013) – Georgette Rolle is coming home to make her LPGA debut on the same tract of land where she learned to play and to love the game of golf.
A native of Nassau, Rolle, 28, has been awarded a sponsor exemption into the inaugural $1.3 million Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic scheduled for May 23-26 at the Ocean Club at Atlantis Resort. A professional golfer since 2008, the former Texas Southern University player has competed on the Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s developmental circuit, but now she is stepping up to the major leagues, and she’s eager to see how her game stacks up.
“I’m happy and very excited,” said Rolle, who last competed in a Symetra Tour event in Mexico last year before suffering an Achilles injury in June. “It’s really special. It’s an awesome opportunity to be able to play at home, and I’m going to be working very hard to play well.”
Rolle received one of two sponsor exemptions. The other was awarded to veteran Jill McGill, 41, of California, who has earned more than $2 million in her LPGA career. McGill, a former U.S. Women’s Amateur champion, last competed in the 2011 Kia Classic.
“Our field is shaping up to be one of the strongest of the year-to-date on the LPGA slate,” said Tournament Director Matt Truax. “We are extremely excited and proud to have Georgette Rolle playing here at the Ocean Club. To have her playing in front of the home crowds will put an extra star on what will be an extraordinary tournament week.”
A graduate assistant coach since 2007 for the men’s and women’s golf teams at Texas Southern, Rolle currently works as a golf instructor while also trying to build her career as a touring professional. She is an LPGA Teaching & Club Professional Class B member who serves as program coordinator and instructor at the First Tee of Houston F.M. Law Park. She also comes home to the Bahamas each year to host an annual two-day golf camp for children 7-18 years old as a way of giving back to the game.
Rolle twice won the Bahamas National Amateur Championship, in 2003 and 2007, and also was the National Minority Champion, Women’s Independent Division, in ’07.
She remembers playing the Ocean Club before Tom Weiskopf redesigned it in 2000. Rolle worked for a short time at the new facility, and she has played it numerous times, though not very often the last few years.
“I barely remember the old layout. I can say I like the current course. It’s fun to play, and it has great views, too,” she said. “I don’t know if I’ll have anything like a home course advantage, but it will be nice to play at home, and, hopefully, I can play well. My game is coming along. I’m trying to get stronger. I think endurance will be a key factor for me, but I’ll be excited to be there and that should help.”