Jason Rogers signs with Division I golf team
His dad introduced him to the game of golf as a youngster, but now the student has surpassed the teacher.
"Dad still plays with me," says Jason Rogers. "He can't keep up, but he tries," he said with a laugh.
Jason, 17-year-old son of Richard and Peggy Rogers of Destin, recently signed with the NCAA Division I Gardner Webb University golf team for the fall of 2014.
Rogers, who served as captain of his golf team at Rocky Bayou Christian School in Niceville, got his first taste of golf on the course at Kelly Plantation in Destin where they reside.
"Kelly is my home course," he said. "I get out every weekend and play 18 holes of practice."
But golf is not just a weekend game for Rogers.
"I do my usual practices every day," he said working on every aspect of the game. His practice time consists of about a couple of hours on weekdays and more on the weekends.
Swinging TaylorMade clubs, Rogers says his strength lies in tee shots and putting. He drives it about 290 to 300 off the tee.
"I get a little distance," he said.
But beyond the driver, his go-to club in the bag is his pitching wedge.
"I love that club," Rogers said. "I'm able to control its distance and there is less room for error."
Rogers hasn't had much error on the course.
As a sixth grader, Rogers was the No. 2 player on the team. But from seventh grade on, he was the No. 1 player on the team at Rocky Bayou.
He is a two time winner of the Florida Boys Junior Tour and has won the Emerald Coast Junior Golf Tour multiple times.
Rogers’s best tournament score came earlier this year at the Fort Walton Beach Municipal Course, The Pines — he shot a 68.
But his best-ever, just playing around score was a 66 on the Kelly Plantation course.
Rogers visited Gardner Webb this past summer and found it a perfect fit for him and for his academic goals. He plans to major in Chemistry and then attend dental school.
As for golf past college, "I may attempt to play some amateur golf qualifiers and see where it goes from there."