Grant Rogers had another somewhat forgettable middle round Thursday at the CGA Junior Stroke Play Championships, though not as disastrous as a year ago.
This time, Rogers had a third-round rebound in him at Indian Tree in Arvada, and his 1-over 71 was good enough to secure third place in the prestigious junior event.
It’s just the start of what he hopes is an eventful summer prior to his senior year at Boulder. In all, Rogers carded a three-round score of 212 on the par-70 course, firing a 67 in the first round.
“I played a lot better this year and felt great” Rogers said in a phone interview Saturday. “I was tied for the lead after the first day, and I hit the ball great all three days. My putter just wasn’t there the last two days. It was fun.”
Rogers was particularly satisfied with being able to bounce back from a 74 on Thursday. Playing in the second-to-last group on Friday, he heard rumors of their success during his round and knew he needed to close out strong.
That’s exactly what he did.
“I double-bogeyed my fifth hole, and I heard that final group was playing well,” he said. “I knew I was going in the wrong direction if I wanted to win. I played well after the double and came back with a 33 on the back nine to get third.”
Rogers has a few more big events already lined up, perhaps the biggest of which is the Optimist Junior International in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In a one-round district qualification at Flatirons on June 11, Rogers finished in a three-way tie for third, giving him the top-five placing necessary for the July 24-29 event.
The CGA men’s and junior match play events are also on the docket for July. Those events are particularly grueling, Rogers said, with the later days going two full rounds.
“The weeks before, I’ll just try and go out and play a lot of golf, just to get used to the idea of playing a full day,” he added.
Many locals finished well in the Junior Stroke Play Championships. Silver Creek’s Todd Millard finished sixth (214); Broomfield’s Alex Gorman was 11th (217); and Legacy’s Li Chen and Peak to Peak’s Behrod Keshtaver came in 25th (221).
Chen also qualified for the Optimist Junior International, which will take place on the PGA National Resort and Spa.
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