The first women’s golf team at Thompson Rivers University is beginning to take shape, and the team’s tryouts haven’t even started.
Twenty-year-old Sara Ann Rolin of Pitt Meadows has signed with the inaugural girls’ team.
Rolin joins Natasha MacKenzie of Kamloops, who became the first female player for the WolfPack when she committed earlier this month.
Rolin is a graduate of the Pitt Meadows Secondary Marauders program and calls Meadow Gardens her home course. She is entering her third year at TRU in the Bachelor of Science program, majoring in physical sciences and minoring in mathematics.
“I was attending Simon Fraser University for summer semester and kind of planning to go there this fall,” said Rolin. “But when I heard that TRU was starting up a girls team, I looked into it and had another ‘excuse’ to return to TRU.”
Rolin has played competitive golf for about three years and said it feels great to be part of the first female team at Thompson Rivers.
“I am a bit nervous/excited about what’s to come and excited to improve my game.”
Driving is her strong suit, she said.
“I have an average hit of between 220 and 240 yards,” Rolin explained. “I have hit 250 to 270 yards in the past.”
Rolin was named the most improved senior on her high school golf team.
Coach Bill Bilton Jr. is looking forward to working with both of his female players.
“I am super happy to be their coach,” he said. “I am hopeful that these two ladies will help grow our program for years to come.”
“I feel like ultimately this year will be a good experience, building season for me for the spring and next year. I need the practice and playing on a team is perfect for that,” said Rolin.
The WolfPack have their try out dates set for Aug. 30 and 31 at The Dunes in Kamloops. Their first PACWEST tournament is set for their home course of The Dunes on Sept. 8 and 9.