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May 10, 2013

Former Avon golfer continues to impress

The accolades and honors just keep coming for Stanford sophomore and former Avon golfer Patrick Rodgers.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Rodgers took the Pac-12 by storm last season and was named Freshman of the Year. Rodgers was also one of three finalists for the 2012 Ben Hogan Award and was in contention for that honor again this season.

The first-team PING All-American was also selected for his second Palmer Cup and Walker Cup squads this season.

“I think Patrick’s freshman campaign was great,” The Knowles Family Director of Men's Golf Conrad Ray said. “I think he’s continued to build upon that in the second year.”

Recently named to the 2012-13 All-Pac-12 team, Rodgers’ skills have landed him on the precipice of a professional golfing career.

“I think he’s one of those players that as a coach, you couldn’t ask for much more,” Ray said. “He’s dedicated to the craft and he practices really diligently and he just can’t get enough golf. He wants to eat, sleep, drink everything golf. That’s what makes him great.”

With almost a full second year of collegiate competition under his belt, Rodgers cites his consistency as what he’s most proud of accomplishing. That steadiness on the course has him in contention for the lowest scoring average through a season in the Cardinals’ record book.

It’s also what landed him on the Palmer and Walker Cup teams.

“All those things to represent your country mean so much,” Rodgers said. “To be considered for the Palmer Cup, it’s one of the 10 best players in the country and it’s a huge honor and a testament to playing great golf the entire year. To be able to do that two years in a row says a lot of how I’ve been playing and it’s a huge honor to go and represent the Stars and Stripes.”

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