Avon’s Patrick Rodgers capped his summer in style two weeks ago, when the fourth-ranked amateur male golfer in the world participated in the United States’ trouncing of Great Britain and Ireland in the Walker Cup.
Rodgers and his teammates rolled to a 17-9 triumph at the National Golf Links of America in Southhampton, NY, the US’ largest margin of victory since 1997.
“It was definitely one of the best weeks of my life,” Rodgers said. “It was such an awesome team to be a part of. I had so many close friends on the team and had more after. I’m so proud to be a part of that group of guys, and we had so much fun, especially being able to have an overwhelming victory.”
Having played many of the country’s top courses, Rodgers said the coast-side venue, which hosted the inaugural Walker Cup in 1922, was among the best.
“It’s probably the most links-style golf course I know of in America, and the firm-and-fast conditions and wind made it play like a British course,” Rodgers said. “It looked great on TV, and was just as great to play. And with all the history, it was a special setting.”
Rodgers’ summer slate began after his spring season at Stanford, where he was a semifinalist for the Ben Hogan Award honoring the nation’s top collegiate golfer, but the Cardinal failed to make the NCAA national finals.
“It was very disappointing our team didn’t make it to nationals, but individually, I felt like I improved a lot during the spring and summer, developing more consistency and shots tee-to-green,” Rodgers said. “I gained some very valuable experience in elevating my game on a bigger stage.”
Rodgers’ summer included his third PGA Tour event, as he returned to Silvis, Ill. for the John Deere Classic. Rodgers missed the cut by three strokes last year in shooting 67-74, but finished 15th this time in firing 67-69-65-69.