Conway’s Summar Roachell, heading into her second season on the University of Arkansas golf team, completed a summer double Wednesday.
She fired a final-round 5-under 66 at Bella Vista Country Club to coast the victory in the Arkansas Women’s Golf Association Stroke Play Tournament. Earlier in the summer, she won the AWGA Match Play title.
She won by 18 strokes over Grier Bennett of Hot Springs Village. She had a 12-stroke lead going into the last of three rounds. She had rounds of 73-68-66 for a 207 total.
“When you have two rounds under par and finish under par for the tournament, you’re playing solid golf,” she said. “It was a great way to finish this summer and gives me a lot of confidence going into school play.
“I thought winning the match and the stroke was possible but the main thing is I wanted to play in as many tournaments as I could this summer. Playing in the tournaments is the best way to stay sharp and get the feel of competing.”
On her final round, she had six birdies and one bogey, birdieing three of the final four holes.
“I gave myself a lot of good looks for birdie,” she said. “It was a solid round. I didn’t make a lot of mistakes.”
“When you have that big of lead, it’s easy to lose concentration,” Roachell said. “The main thing was just to go out there and stay focused.”
Conway High opened its golf season Wednesday with two team victories and two individual runner-up finishes at the Wampus Cat Invitational at Conway Country Club.
The tourney attracted individuals from 18 schools but many did not send full teams.
In the boys division among the full squads, the Cats’ No. 1 team fired a 303 for the title, followed by North Little Rock, 321; and Little Rock Christian, 326. The Lady Cats easily headed the five girls teams that competed with full squads. CHS fired a 263. Hot Springs Lakeside was second at 318.
Whit Parker of Conway fired a 71 to finish second individually behind Andrew Mayes of Little Rock Christian, 69. Austin Bowen of North Little Rock was third at 74.
In the girls division, CHS’ Logan Tolliver tied North Little Rock’s Hannah Bakalkus for second with 80s. Katelyn Dunstan of Arkansas Baptist was medalist at 79
Other scores for Conway’s No. 1 boys team were: Blake Brindley, 76; Carter Cloe, 77; Jeff Tolliver, 79; and Clay Bradshaw, 89.
Scores for Conay Blue were: Jackson Goodwin, 81; Michael Tate, 85; Grant Risinger, 85; Dylan Smith and Preston Lemons, 90.
Scores for Conway’s No. 1 girls team were: Logan Tolliver, 80; Alexis McDaniel, 84; Meghan Smith, 89; Whitney Hill, 100; and Catherine Bradshaw, 106.
Scores for the Conway Blue girls were: Bailey Hawk, 107; Savannah Brown, 119; Andrea Oscar, 123; and Brynn Lea, 127.