Conway’s Summar Roachell continued one streak and the Conway Lady Cats ended another Tuesday afternoon.
Roachell, a senior playing her last competitive round at Conway Country Club, won her fourth straight Class 7A golf championship.
The Lady Cats, the runner-up to Fayetteville four of the last five years, won the team title in convincing fashion, ending the Lady Bulldogs’ streak of six straight 7A titles.
With Roachell leading the way with 1-over 141, the top three scores for the Conway girls combined for a 488 total, 38 strokes ahead of the Lady Bulldogs.
And it was an amazing salute to symmetry. The Conway girls had the same totals among their top three golfers each day — 244 and 244. And the Lady Bulldogs also combined for the same total each day — 263 and 263.
Roachell, who had a five-stroke lead over Fayetteville’s Anna Grace Lavy going into the final round, fired the only under-par round of the tournament (69) to go with her 72 first round to win the individual championship by 13 strokes over Lavy, who was also symmetrical at 77-77 both days.
"There was a bit of pressure on the final round with the lead because I knew Anna Grace was capable of going low," said Roachell, who has already committed to playing for the University of Arkansas. "It was good to go out with a good round, knowing that this was the last one I’ll play with my team and it’s my last round in competition on my home course. It was sad, to be honest."
She, Lavy and Mount St. Mary’s Taylor Loeb qualified for the Overall championship at Little Rock’s Pleasant Valley Country Club, an individual high school event that she has won tw or the last three years.
But Roachell was elated to help her team win for coach Janet Taylor, who has coached the CHS boys to three state titles but has never seen her girls win a state championship.
"All the girls have worked hard all year, and we knew we had a really good chance to win this time," Roachell said. "We knew coach Taylor wanted a girls title really badly and our seniors really wanted to get her one before we left."
But Roachell and fellow seniors Tristan Jenkins (90-93-183) and Morgan Clark (93-92-185) huad plenty of help from two freeshmen, Alexis McDaniel (83-88-171) and Logan Tolliver (87-87-174). McDaniel’s finish earned her all-star honors.
"The thing is that McDaniel and Tolliver played well but we would have also won with our fourth and fifth scores behind Summar," Taylor said. "We have 12 players on the team and you can only play five and we went with three seniors and two freshmen. But all 12 really pushed each other all year.
"And Summar was a great leader. She kept working and pushing the younger girls, really kind of an assistant coach."
"Every player had big scores for us," Roachell said. "With two freshmen playing, I knew they were nervous because I knew how nervous I was my freshmen year. I know some of them had trouble sleeping or eating last night because they were all concerned how good they had to play for the championship. I tried to take them under my wings."
And under her wings, the Lady Cats sailed.
"But the cupboard isn’t bare," said Taylor "We won the state title with two freshmen and there are some good players coming up."
"We seniors wanted to start a tradition," Roachell said.