Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Four-time state champ Roachell signs with Arkansas
Summar Roachell lines up her putt on the first green at Pinnacle Country Club in Rogers on Monday, June 25, 2012, during the qualifying round for the Wal-Mart NW Arkansas Championship.
FAYETTEVILLE Summar Roachell, who won four consecutive high school state individual championships in Arkansas' largest classification, signed a letter of intent to play golf at the University of Arkansas on Wednesday.
The Conway High School senior was also a three-time overall state champion. She has placed top five in four of seven career amateur events, winning one.
“(We) were determined to keep this young lady as a Razorback,” Arkansas coach Shauna Estes-Taylor said. “She is passionate about the University of Arkansas and we are excited to help her grow her game even more. Summar gives us great depth and I'm looking forward to what she will contribute to our team both on and off the golf course.
“Summar possesses a competitive edge that you just can't teach. She wants to be the one making a putt to win and she thrives under those conditions. She has an outstanding short game and is a complete player.”
Roachell led Conway to a Class 7A state championship in September and won a three-way playoff in October during the state overall golf tournament at Little Rock's Pleasant Valley Country Club. She is the only signee for the Razorbacks in the class of 2013.
“I attended golf camp at Arkansas when I was 10, and I loved the campus and the program,” Roachell said. “After visiting several other schools, I just knew that choosing Arkansas was the right decision for me.”
The fall signing period for all collegiate sports other than football began Wednesday. The period will run through next Tuesday.