Junior diary: Making my college decision

I had a very eventful week as I made my college decision. I verbally committed to Stanford University. I am so excited to have made a decision as it was a very difficult and stressful process. However, it was a wonderful experience and I was very fortunate to have some great opportunities.

The final decision was very tough. Like I said last week, I loved both Stanford and Georgia Tech. Coach Heppler at Georgia Tech is a fantastic golf coach. He has developed his players, both on the golf course and as people, and he is one of the nicest individuals I have ever met. It was a pleasure and an honor to be recruited by such a respected individual. Georgia Tech was also attractive because of the people. The team was awesome to be around and through the AJGA, I have developed good relationships with recruits Richy Werenski and Ollie Schniederjans. On my visit, the team was very welcoming and I had a blast. There really isn’t anything negative that I can say about Georgia Tech, and that’s what made my decision very difficult.

Junior diary

Patrick Rodgers, 17, will file a diary each week this summer as he plays some of the premier junior events in the country.

Rodgers, a second-team AJGA All-American, is currently No. 7 in the Golfweek Junior Rankings.

As much as I liked Georgia Tech, when I got onto campus in Palo Alto, I just felt that it was right. It’s hard to describe the feeling but I just knew that I wanted to go to school there. Coach Ray and Coach Tight are both extremely knowledgeable, and I am excited to spend the next 4 years learning under their guidance. I had a blast with the team on my visits and I got to experience what the Stanford culture is all about. In my opinion, Stanford has the best golf facilities in the country and I am excited to be able to practice and play on their Seibel practice complex and on the Stanford Golf Course.

Most importantly, Stanford has a wonderful tradition of academic excellence, and that played a crucial role in my decision. I understand that being a professional golfer is a dream that takes a lot of hard work, and unfortunately is very difficult to achieve. Having a Stanford education to fall back on is essential for both successes in professional golf or in any other field. The combination of academic and athletic excellence is something very unique to Stanford. I feel as though Stanford will have a very strong team and I hope that I can be a part of its success in 2011.

Along with committing to college, I have had a good week of practice. I worked out with my trainer this week, and it is always good to see him and work hard. I worked with my swing coach and the changes that I’m making in my golf swing are feeling more comfortable. I always work hard on my short game and I feel confident both on and around the greens. I am trying to get ready for my high school team’s conference championship and the U.S. Open Local Qualifier at Weymouth Country Club in Medina, Ohio, next week.

This weekend, I will be going to the prom for the first time. My date Halie and I are very excited and it will be a cool experience for us and our friends. I’m going to have a blast this weekend but hopefully I can get a little bit of sleep to get ready for another exciting week of tournament golf.

I hope everyone has a great week!

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