Boys golf: Rogers bounces back for Daily Camera Golfer of Year honor

Boulder junior Grant Rogers has been named the Daily Camera boys Golfer of the Year after finishing fourth at the Class 5A finals.

BOULDER — No golfer is always at the top of his game and Boulder’s Grant Rogers is no exception.

Capable of leading most tournaments when he’s on his game, the Panthers junior has bad days like every other golfer. But whenever he hit a rough patch in 2013, it was safe to assume a special performance would follow.

Rogers’ ability to bounce back from a letdown cemented his position as Daily Camera boys Golfer of the Year.

“I don’t think I would have been able to do that the past few years,” Rogers said. “But the experience from the past few years has shown me that no matter what happens, I can have a bad round or a bad day and still come back focused and play my best.”

From the beginning of the 2013 season, Rogers demonstrated his bounce-back ability on a level bordering on clinical.

Rogers opened with a disappointing performance at the first 5A Front Range League tournament. He followed that up by shooting par or better in 8 of 12 tournaments to finish the regular season ranked second in the Front Range League.

Winning the 5A Western Regional in a playoff on Sept. 16, Rogers the led the Panthers to their second straight regional title.

Rogers hit another snag on Day 1 of the 5A state tournament, which he finished in 36th-place after a rough day. On Day 2, however, Rogers shot a career-best 5-under 67 to launch himself all the way back up to fourth-place.

“I just didn’t play great the first day. I knew there were low scores out there since I played with a kid that shot a 66 the first day,” Rogers said. “It was great to end the season on a high note like that.”

Standing tall at 6-foot-6, Rogers consistently drives the ball in the 320-yard range. His excess power allows him to club down for more control and manage his game more effectively.

Rick Uhlir, who coached the Panthers from 1976 to 2000, returned as the Panthers’ head coach this season. In his first year back, Uhlir said watching Rogers play was a pleasure.

“He was just tremendous all year round,” Uhlir said. “His league average was 71.6. That’s under par. That’s pretty phenomenal golf.”

Led by Rogers, the Panthers finished seventh in the team scoring at state. They were hoping for a higher finish but with Rogers and teammates Alec Poorman and Leo Huettel returning, the Panthers will have another shot in 2014.

“It was a pretty good year and we did pretty well overall,” Rogers said. “We all wish we could have done better at state but that’s how it goes.”

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