While the summer has been mild, Summar has been scorching.
Summar Roachell, a freshman at Conway High, dominated the state’s junior golf circuit.
She earned the Arkansas State Golf Association’s Junior Girls Player of the Year honors as freshman. Last year, she finished second in the points standings, determined by finishes in various tournaments, She easily won the "summer double" (or "Summar Double") for junior girls — the Arkansas Women’s Golf Association’s Junior Stroke and the ASGA Junior Stroke.
Just days after the ASGA junior victory, her high school golf career came early with the Wampus Cat Invitational on her home course at Conway Country Club.
"I struggled a little bit early, then got going during the summer," she said. "I played well in the big tournaments and played well at the end of the year."
Although she has been one of the top female golfers in the state for three years, this is the first year she could play on the high school varsity.
"I’ve looked forward to this for a couple of years," she said before a loosening up for the high school meet. "I just hope I can go out and play well."
She fired a 4-under-par 65 to win medalist honors at that first tournament.
On hand to give the CHS team encouragement before the opening tournament was Mary Michael Maggio, who is headed to LSU next week on a golf scholarship. For the past four years, Maggio has been one of the top female high school golfers in the state.
"I would have loved to have played on the same team with Summar," Maggio said. "She a great player, but also a great kid. We could have had a lot of fun and I think a great chance to win a state championship."
Roachell is not imposing.
At first glance, she’s looks like many other 14-year-old girls with a ponytail dangling from a ball cap.
But she gets on the range and she rips it. As she warmed up, she was hitting the ball as far off the tee as many of the boys.
"What I really want to work on now is my short game and be more accurate with my irons," she said.
But she concedes she’s been chomping on the bit to play competitively.
"It’s strange," she said. "I’ve play all summer, and then I have to sit out the high school season. But I’ve had a lot of people tell me about high school golf and what to expect and how much fun it is. I just hope everything falls into place."