With a club in her hand, Summar Roachell is a typical Arkansas high school senior.
She likes to spend summer afternoons and evenings in recreational activities with her family and friends at Lake Hamilton. She loves to go to movies. She likes to go out to dinner. She’ll play tennis and has taken a liking to ultimate frisbee.
She can be spotted at almost every Conway High sporting event, hardly ever misses a football or basketball game and regularly gives encouragement to those teams in person and on Twitter.
She’s a passionate Razorback fan who was embarrassed with what she saw in Fayetteville against Alabama.
She smiles a lot and makes friends easily.
But get her on the golf course and she’s a beast, has been for years.
She’s one of the top female junior golfers in the nation, a Junior Solheim Cup member last season who won a couple of national events this season.
She’ll be going for her fourth-straight 7A girls golf title, believed to be unprecedented in Arkansas high school golf history, Monday and Tuesday in the event hosted by Conway Country Club. She has won the Overall Girls title two of the last three years.
“When I was a freshman, I set as a goal to win four straight state titles and I’m now in position to do that,” she said before a practice round last week. “And it’s great to be playing my home course (at Conway CC) because I know it better than any I’ve played on.”
This week will mark the last time Roachell will play golf as a member of the Conway High team. She’s committed to playing for the University of Arkansas next season. That’s solid. She took her official visit the weekend of the Alabama game and despite the result of the football game, loved the experience.
“They showed us a great time,” she said.
But she’s taking her final experience with the Lady Cat team, and her senior year in general, with a fun-loving seriousness.
“I’m trying to strike a balance between my social life and golf,” she said moments before crushing a drive down the middle of the fairway on a practice round. “I’m going to miss all my friends. I want to enjoy being with them my senior year. You don’t get to see a lot of people you go to high school with in college.”
And despite being the most dominant golfer in high school this year, she doesn’t flaunt her star status. She passionately wants to help her team to a state team title that has been elusive.
“It’s been special to have Coach (Janet) Taylor these four years and all the girls have been great and work hard,” she said. “Golf is such an individual sport, the team relationships are special.
“What I’ve really liked about my teammates is they all want to get better, and I want to be there for them to help guide them with some of the things I’ve learned.”
This fall, she has been playing with more confidence than ever.
“What I learned from competitions the last couple of summers is consistency,” she said. “I’ve learned not to let the bad holes and bad shots affect me. The Junior Solheim Cup really helped me with that. It gave me confidence.”
As a golfer, she has a fierce competitive streak, reminiscent of other Conway golfers who have made a national impact such as Bryce Molder and Mary Michael Maggio.
“I’d say I’m super competitive,” she said. “At the end of the day, I want to win. I think it’s because golf is such an individual sport, everything is on you. You lose, there’s no one to blame but yourself.”
But within those ounces of competitiveness, there is a pound of grace.
She was shaken by the recent drowning of 12-year-old Drake Walker.
“I had talked with him the week he died,” she said, her voice shaking a bit.
In his memory, the CHS team wore green patches on their shirts in his memories.
Roachell will have a green ribbon on her bag when she competes in the state tournament.
“Green was his favorite color,” she said. “We decided to do that to celebrate his life. It’ll be on my bag for awhile.”