Bahamian collegiate golfer Inecia Rolle was named as the Conference Carolinas Scholar-Athlete of the Year for 2020.
Inecia Rolle got one of the best gifts a collegiate senior could have in the sport of golf when the Conference Carolinas (CC) named her as their 2020 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the sport.
This is Rolle’s first time earning that honor. She is also the first student-athlete for the Chowan University Eagles to win that award.
“It feels amazing to be honored with this award. I truly did not expect it,” she said. “It makes my final year feel even more amazing – to be the first athlete to do this for my school in history.”
The Eagles plays in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II.
Earlier this month, Rolle was named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference Team for golf – her second time earning the honor after also earning it in her freshman year in 2017. She was also one of 28 Eagles to earn an academic all-conference honor.
To be considered for the Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or higher. In addition, the nominees for the award must have been named all-conference in their sport and chosen academic all-conference.
Rolle met all of the criteria and finished with a GPA of 3.95.
“It was a challenge being involved with golf, balancing my schoolwork, trying to help the community and having a social life. However, I loved everything what I did so it never felt overwhelming or too much to do,” Rolle said.
The scholar-athlete awards are presented annually to individuals in each Conference Carolinas-sponsored sport. The Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award winners are chosen by the Conference Carolinas Student-Athlete Affairs Committee.
On the course, the Bahamian was spectacular in her senior season, capturing two individual medalist honors. She was also able to secure seven top-10 finishes this past season.
Rolle finished first at the Pfeiffer Invitational this spring with a score of 73. The senior also won the Marlin Invitational back in the fall, shooting an 80.
“My seven top-10 finishes this season came naturally,” Rolle said. “I was determined to have fun and go out with a bang, putting in the work whether it be in the gym or on the course, knowing that God had me and having the confidence within myself. Knowing I could do it made it happen.”
The avid golfer is set to graduate at the end of the semester with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She plans to further her education in graduate school and obtain a degree in counseling psychology.
As for golf, it is something Rolle will not be giving up as she hopes to play it recreationally if she does not take it up professionally.
Rolle was a part of the coaching staff for the junior and senior women’s national golf teams last year.