Junior Girls

Future Razorbacks take control at Mahan event

Summar Roachell during Day 1 of the AJGA's Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship.
Summar Roachell during Day 1 of the AJGA's Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship. ( AJGA )

Sunday, April 15, 2012

PLANO, Texas – After a 36-hole day in wind gusts of up to 30 mph, Summar Roachell and Kayli Quinton walked away from the scoring table with looks of complete exhaustion. It was a common expression.

Gleneagles Country Club, site of this week’s AJGA Under Armour/Hunter Mahan Championship, is not an easy course on a calm day. Roachell and Quinton finished each other’s sentences as they described the narrow fairways (“Into the wind, you hit driver and if you have a little spin, it’s gone,” said Quinton) and hard greens (“Down-wind, you can’t stop it,” said Roachell) at Gleneagles. Add a two- to three-club wind and scores ballooned Saturday.

“Other than playing in Ireland, it was the most (wind) I’ve played in,” said Roachell, a member of the U.S. Junior Solheim Cup team who ventured to Knightsbrook Golf Club last fall to win a second-straight Cup.

Roachell, of Conway, Ark., tied for second at this event last year and was an early-week favorite. She led after the first round with an even-par 71. Quinton was next with 72. Each shot six strokes worse in Round 2, but maintained a stranglehold on the top of the leaderboard. Roachell leads at 6-over 148 and Quinton is fourth, two shots back.

Roachell and Quinton both have committed to Arkansas, though Quinton arrives next fall, a year earlier than Roachell. Tough as Gleneagles may be, Arkansas’ beastly home course -- Blessings Golf Club -- waits for them there. The Razorbacks will host the SEC Women’s Golf Championship this weekend, and both girls plan to be there. Quinton is flying in from her home in Cypress, Texas to stay a few days with Roachell and support the team.

Already, they’re a good fit as teammates. Much of Saturday was spent discussing Arkansas football and singing Nicki Minaj songs. They didn’t remember until after the round that they had played together once before, at a 2009 U.S. Girls’ Junior qualifier at Champions Golf Club in Houston -- Quinton’s home course.

“That was you?” Roachell said in shock as they worked out the details.

They’ll be paired together again tomorrow. Roachell is gunning for her first AJGA career victory. It would be Quinton’s second -- she won last year’s Genesis Shootout.

Roachell and Quinton are separated on the leaderboard by Robynn Ree and Maddie Szeryk, both tied for second at 7-over 149. August Kim rounds out the top 5 with a 9-over 151.

In the boys’ division, Ryan Burgess leads Hayden Wood by a single shot. Burgess, an SMU signee from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., shot rounds of 75-70 to finish the day at 3-over 145. Wood dropped from the co-lead after Round 1 with his second-round 76.

Zachary Coats and Grant Bennett are tied for third at 7-over 149.