May 11, 2010
BEAUMONT, Texas - Lamar University golfer Pierre-Alexis Rolland will compete at the NCAA Division I West Regional in suburban San Diego, Calif., next week.
Rolland, a freshman from Wauvre, Belgium, was a second-team all-Southland Conference performer this spring. He averaged 73.28 strokes per round over 36 rounds for the Cardinals this season, with his best round being a 68. Rolland finished in the top 10 on four occasions this season, and in the top 20 in three other tournaments. His best finish came when he tied for seventh at the Gator Invitational in Gainesville, Fla. Rolland tied for ninth at the Southland Conference Tournament.
"I'm excited for Pierre to have the opportunity to compete in the regionals," Lamar golf coach Brian White said. "It's a great experience for a freshman. He's right on track to having a great career."
White said Rolland's strength is short game.
"He has a fantastic short game," the coach said. "Even when his ball striking isn't there, he can always keep a round together."
The regionals will be held from May 20-22 at the par-72, 7,360-yard Carlton Oaks Golf Club in Santee, Calif. For Rolland to qualify for the NCAA finals, he would have to be the top individual finisher who is not a member of one of the teams finishing in the top five. The West Regional will have 13 five-player teams and 10 individual golfers for a total of 75 competitors.
Last season, Lamar's Hugues Joannes qualified for the national tournament after finishing fourth in the regionals. Joannes tied for 54th at the nationals.
"We've done it before, and it would be nice to do it again," White said.