Summar Roachell chuckled at the question?
What did you learn in your first year of college golf with the Arkansas Razorbacks?
“You want a long list?” she said. “There was so much. I learned a few things about my swing. There was a whole lot of mental stuff — the way I looked at the game and how to go about the course. How to hit different shots, the mental approach as you go about the course. I learned more than I ever thought I could learn.”
Roachell, one of the most successful girl high school golfers in Arkansas history, played in every event in her first year with the Razorbacks. Her best finish was a tie for 19th in the fall. Her best round was 72.
“I also learned I have great teammates,” she said. “I’m looking forward to what we can accomplish this season.”
In the NCAA Regional, the Razorbacks finished two strokes short of qualifying for the NCAA tournament. Roachell had the low round the first day and finished 38th overall.
“We just missed; I don’t really want to feel that way again,” she said. “I have a good feeling coming into this season. We want to win the SEC championship and I’d like an NCAA championship before we leave. I like our team. We have good competition and competition is good. All the girls pull for each other.”
Roachell finished the summer amateur season with a flurry, winning the Arkansas Women’s Golf Association Stroke Play title to bookend her match play championship earlier.
“I wanted to play as many tournaments as I could to keep the feel of competition,” she said.
Roachell stays busy. Golf is the only season that has both a fall and spring season.
She’s been an avid Razorback fan since childhood and playing for the Razorbacks has been her dream.
She’s majoring in sports management. She intends to be involved in sports after a possible pro career.
“The first year was fun and everthing I could have imagined — and more,” she said.
(Sports columnist David McCollum can be reached at 501-505-1235 or email@example.com or follow him on twitter @dmaclcd)