Special to the Chickasaw Journal
Courtesy of ICC Sports Information
FULTON – Itawamba Community College golf standout Alex Rowland has his eyes set on qualifying for the NJCAA National Tournament next month in Scottsboro, Ala. But the freshman from Houston High School, who is coming off an impressive third place overall finish at the MACJC State Championship in Holly Springs this past week, knows it won’t be easy to qualify for the week-long event beginning on May 20.
“I was pretty happy with the way I played at the state championships, especially considering the near freezing conditions,” said Rowland, who in the final tournament leading up to the MACJC State Championship, led after the first round with a 69 and finished fourth among 60 golfers at the Ridge Golf Club in Corinth. “I basically had just two bad holes and if not for those, who knows, I might have come away with a state title.”
ICC head coach David Rather knew in the fall that Rowland, who finished two strokes out of the winner’s circle at state, could be his guy to continue the program’s current streak of Indians qualifying for the National Tournament.
“Alex has been our number one all year,” said Rather. “He did get out of the blocks a little slower than we expected this spring but he has really finished strong and I’m proud of the way he battled it at Kirkwood National.”
Rather also pointed out that Rowland has had a trio of top five finishes this spring. The practice round at the MSU golf course is set for April 26 with the two round Region 23 Tournament, which is being hosted by East Mississippi Community College, is scheduled for April 27 and 28.