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Rolle coming out to support Riley at Pure Silk qualifier

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 14, 2013

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Bahamian professional golfer Georgette Rolle said she will be on hand to cheer on fellow countrywoman Racquel Riley at the qualifier for the Pure Silk Bahamas Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Classic, next Tuesday over at the Ocean Club Golf Course, on Paradise Island.

Rolle was automatically entered into the main draw of the event after receiving a sponsor’s exemption. Riley, who was given an exemption into the qualifier, will need to finish atop of the field of hopefuls to move on. About 16 golfers have registered to participate in the qualifier, which will swing into action at 2 p.m., next Tuesday. Play in the main draw will start next week Thursday with four rounds with 72 holes of stroke play. The event is free to the public.

“All I can tell her is to be confident. There is no pressure and I am definitely rooting for her to qualify,” said Rolle. “She has the game, all she needs to do is stick to what she knows, and she’ll definitely have a good chance.

“I am excited to represent the country, especially at home. I am getting ready for it, to make sure that I represent well. This won’t be my first time playing against some of the girls. I played against a few of them but not too many. Golf being such a unique sport, I guess weather conditions and everything add to the game, so every day in the game is different. I won’t say that I really have an advantage. I have only played on the golf course a few times a year.”

Rolle is a native of New Providence and Riley hails from Freeport, Grand Bahama. Both have represented the country professionally, for a while now.

The Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic is one of three new tournaments recently added to the professional schedule. The $1.3 million event will be aired live on the Golf Channel and will be broadcasted in 170 countries. Persons can also access the many websites that will be created in different languages.

Top ranked players to headline the event include Yani Tseng, Ai Miyazato, Na Yeon Choi, Paula Creamer, Michelle Wie, Lexie Thompson and Lydia Ko, just to name a few.

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