Central Catholic's big hitter shows off all-around golf game
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Brent Rodgers has picked up where he left off last season after winning the WPIAL Class AAA individual golf title.
The Central Catholic star has shot an average of 37 in the first nine matches to lead the defending WPIAL Class AAA team champions to a 7-2 overall record and 6-2 mark in Section 3-AAA play.
“He's just a steady player for us. He leads the team with the most greens hit,” coach Cory O'Conner said. “In most matches, he doesn't use a driver since he hits it too long. He really understands the game.”
The senior has been well known for being a golfer who can crush the ball off the tee. However, Rodgers wants to show everyone that he has an all-around game to complement his power with the driver.
“I'm just trying to be someone different from any particular golfer,” Rodgers said. “I'm a long hitter. When people hear you're a long hitter, they think you have no golf game. I want people to think of me as someone who is a long hitter with a golf game.”
Over the summer, Rodgers won the West Penn Junior Golf Championship for the second time in three years in late July. The Cranberry native had a first-round 76, followed by a second-round 72 at the Club at Shadow Lakes.
As a senior, Rodgers has assumed more of a leadership role to aid the underclassmen, especially the freshmen, on the Vikings team. Rodgers sees the big picture for the long-term prosperity of the Central Catholic golf program.
“It has been that way since I was a freshman. I had a senior take me around the course,” Rodgers said. “My role as a senior is to show the freshmen how to do things on the course.”
“He's a leader on a pretty young team,” O'Conner said. “He hits the ball further than everyone else but still shows the younger kids around the course. When he takes the freshmen around, it just really benefits his teammates.”
Andrew John is a freelance writer.
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