Junior diary: Prom is good, but golf is better

Hey everybody! Hope everyone had a great week. I know that I had a really fun week. Being a high schooler, one of the most exciting events of the year is prom. I had a blast. We took what seemed like hours of pictures, ate dinner at a really nice restaurant in downtown Indianapolis and then danced all night. For my first prom, it was an awesome experience and I can’t wait to go back next year.

It was a good week for me in golf as well. The only bad news was that our undefeated high school golf team lost our conference tournament by a shot. We played pretty well but got beat by a team that played its best. So I have to give it up to the HSE Royals and congratulate them on their Conference Title.

Personally, I had a good week of golf. I qualified through my local U.S. Open qualifier in Medina, Ohio. I played pretty well around the Weymouth Club, and was 6-under par through 14 holes. I struggled a bit coming in and finished with a 68 but I had shots to give and I ended up winning by two. Going in, I was confident that my game was good enough to qualify, but there is always that little bit of uncertainty with a new event. This was my first U.S. Open qualifier, and I think it went pretty well.

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.

The next step is the sectional qualifying in St. Louis, which brings some new challenges. The sectional requires the new conforming grooves. This isn’t a problem for my irons, as I have always played conforming grooves, but it will be a change with the wedges. I have experimented with the new grooves and it is certainly different. However, as you can see from the scores on the PGA Tour, it doesn’t necessarily make the game more difficult. The ball simply reacts very differently on specific shots. For example, on full shots the old groove wedges come out low with spin and are able to check up. The new grooves make the ball come out like a knuckle ball, but it launches very high and still lands soft. It will be an adjustment, but I am looking forward to the challenge.

I also want to congratulate Grayson Murray and Jordan Spieth on their play this week. It is certainly a huge accomplishment to make the cut in a professional event and they showed how talented our generation of players is. They both played well and it was cool to be able to watch Jordan on TV and see the support he was getting. I can’t wait until he gets back out on the junior circuit so we can compete.

I’m finishing school this week and have a high school match Saturday, so I won’t be at Thunderbird to compete with Jordan and Grayson. Good luck to everyone at Grayhawk and I look forward to writing again next week.

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