Summar Roachell tries to qualify for LPGA event

Summar Roachell of Conway is one of two University of Arkansas women’s golfers to try to play their way in as amateurs to the Walmart LPGA NW Arkansas Championship during Monday’s regional qualifier.

Roachell, a four-time 7A state champion, wasted no time in having an impact on the Razorback women’s golf team. The freshman competed in all four events this fall helping Arkansas to a four top-six finishes and one team title. Her best finish was a tie for 19th at the rain-shortened Mercedes Benz with rounds of 72-74 for 146. She carded an 8-over 224 at the Alamo Invite matching her best round, 72, on the final day.

Rochelle took her success into the spring with solid finishes in every tournament. In her first NCAA Regional event, Roachell was the team’s low score in the first round and finished the week with a 12-overl 228 to tie for 38th overall. Her spring ended with Roachell shooting 75.63 with 4.04 score versus par in her first season.

Regina Plasencia, a sophomore, had a solid four-events kicking off her second season of college golf last fall. She had a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Preview. She was second overall in rain-shortened Mercedes Benz.

She moved into the spring with solid finishes in all six events.

“Regina and Summar will have an opportunity to get into the event via the Monday qualifier,” Arkansas head coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “They will be teeing it up with other conditional LPGA members for a few spots available in the event. They are both so excited for this qualifier and I fully expect both of them to be in the mix for those spots. They both have worked extremely hard and it is an invaluable experience for them as they both want to pursue golf as their career post-graduation.”

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