MEATH, Ireland — Summar Roachell, a junior at Conway High, played a significant role in the United States retaining the PING Junior Solheim Cup Wednesday.
Roachell, as part of the 12-member USA women's team, went 2-1 in the tournament as the Americans came from behind to tie the European team 12-12 and retain the Cup. The USA trailed the Europeans 5-1 after the first round of foursomes.
Trailing 7-5 going into the final day of singles, the Americans won seven matches to tie the competition, which meant retention of the Cup as the current holders. Roachell was part of that surge, winning her match with Luna Sobron, 1-up, on the final hole. Twelve of the final day's singles matches went down to the final hole.
Roachell and Kyung Kim lost their foursome match Tuesay to Emma Nillson and Amy Boulden, 4 and 3. Roachell came back in the afternoon to team with McKenzie Talbert to defeat Emile Alonso and Antonia Scherer, 2 and 1.
Roachell, who played in her first international competition was a final captain's pick to the team by former LPGA golf Meg Mallon.