Roachell, Talbert named Jr. Solheim captain's picks
Summar Roachell and McKenzie Talbert were selected as Meg Mallon’s two captain’s picks for the U.S. Ping Junior Solheim Cup team Tuesday.
Roachell, of Conway, Ark., picked up her first junior golf victory at the Bubba Conlee Invitational on July 8, and followed the win by advancing to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Girls’ Junior.
“I think the Girls’ Junior played a big part in me being picked,” said Roachell, No. 35 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings. “The whole thing (Junior Solheim) is match play, so for them to see me do well in match play, I think that went a long way.”
Talbert, of North Augusta, S.C., was a Rolex Junior All-American in 2010 and is a two-time Wyndham Cup participant, where she helped the East team to victory this year. Talbert is ranked No. 28 by Golfweek.
Roachell said she has never been overseas before, but that her game is well-suited for links golf.
“I hit the ball pretty low, which will be good for running the ball on those courses,” Roachell said. “And my chipping and putting has been good with all the work I’ve put into it, so I feel pretty good.”
Roachell and Talbert will join the following players on the team: Karen Chung, Jaye Marie Green, Alison Lee, Kyung Kim and Gabriella Then qualified based on the AJGA’s Polo Golf Rankings, while Ashlan Ramsey, Mariah Stackhouse, Esther Lee, Lindsey Weaver and Emma Talley got on based on their positions in the Golfweek Junior Rankings.