Another Pitch and Putt Odyssey - James Rogerson
We spoke to James Rogerson immediately after...he had played Pitch and Putt, of course. "I just finished our Thursday 2 March comp .. had a easy 47 ..," said James, succinctly summing-up. Further evidence of the enduring quality of the Australian's game.
Rogerson is one of the most travelled and one of the most successful players in world Pitch and Putt history. He has been a runner-up in the World Strokeplay championship (2013) and in the World Cup (2012). A contender in Irish and other European Opens, he placed in the top ten of the 2008 Italian Open and of the 2014 Catalan Open. Down under, he has won three Australian Opens, the Australian Open Matchplay and the Australian 9 hole championship. For many of his suceesses, he has been compelled to travel long distances to compete.
James' latest round the world Pitch and Putt trip begins a couple of weeks before the III World Strokeplay championship in Norway. "On 22 June I will leave Sydney and travel with China Airlines. There are two stops in China (Shenzhen and Beijing) before Amsterdam."
As is customary, James will link up with some of the many friends he has made over the years. "I hope to meet up with Maurice (Stuyvers) and Remon (De Groot) in Rhoon Pitch and Putt before heading to Norway."
As ever his mode of accommodation will be unconventional. "Cash flow once again is limited so I have bought a tent hammock to reside in," laughed James.
A keen student of all matters Pitch and Putt, Rogerson assesses the likely challengers for this year's World Strokeplay title."I feel John Walsh will once again be thereabouts. (One) can't disregard Frank Dineen and Eamon Gibney or Liam (O'Donovan) from Bruff or any of the Irish lads."
"Not sure about the Deeble boys," remarked Rogerson rather pointedly. John Deeble (Great Britain) finished just a single shot behind the Australian in third place at Tambre four years ago.
Rogerson anticipates a 'three-peat' from Ireland's Chrissie Byrne. "I expect Chrissie will take out the ladies!"
Rogerson contended right the way through the 2013 World Strokeplay championship in the searing heat of Tambre. "2013 proved that my biggest threat would be myself," he recalled of that four year old opportunity. Rogerson led John Walsh deep into the final round before eventually losing out by just two strokes.
James is proud of his efforts in the II World Strokeplay. "I don't believe I have unfinished business from 2013," he averred. "My goal is to go one better this time around," is the plan as he eagerly anticipates the 2017 World Strokeplay championship at Imjelt.
As we finalised this article, news reached us of yet another James Rogerson victory in the domestic Australian event, the Victorian Masters at Waverley. He's ready! And he'll be joined at Imjelt by former World Cup colleague and reigning Australian Open champion Tom Rickit.