Nov. 13, 2014
HOUSTON, Texas - Rice University men's golf added a pair of players for the 2015-16 season with the signing of Grant Rogers (Boulder, Colo.) and Will Voetsch (New Vernon, N.J.) to National Letters of Intent, head coach Justin Emil announced on Thursday.
Emil said, "These two young men are going to be a lot of fun to watch in the Blue and Gray. In the classroom and on the golf course, they both fit the mold of what we are looking for in a Rice student-athlete. I am excited to bring them into the Rice Golf Family and know they will come in and make an impact right away on our team. I can't wait to see these guys play for championships."
A Boulder, Colo. native, Rogers earned all-conference honors three times at Boulder High School under head coach Rick Uhlir. He helped the squad to three regional championships, all-state honors as a junior and was named the Boulder Region Player of the Year for his efforts this fall. The four-year starter in both golf and baseball racked up four tournament wins and the Colorado 5A Regional individual championship.
The son of Terry and Beth Rogers had a successful summer as well, earning co-medalist honors at the CGA Men's Match Play qualifier. He also notched a third-place finish at the Colorado Junior Stroke Play Championship with a 67-74-71--212. He also claimed third place at the Colorado-Wyoming Optimist qualifier.
A native of New Vernon, N.J., Voetsch claimed second place at NJAC conference tournaments twice and took fifth place at the New Jersey state championship playing for head coach Sean Flanagan at Delbarton School. He led the team to three conference championships and two county championships, including a 21-3 record.
The son of Greg and Susan Voetsch is the top-ranked 2015 recruit in the state and has had success on the amateur circuit as well. He posted top five finishes at three events this past summer. At the USGA Junior Boys Qualifier in June in Paramus, N.J., he fired a 75-69--144 to take fourth out of the field of 85. He followed that performance up with a second place finish at the Ravenwood Junior Championship with a 71-67-71--209, in a field of 102 golfers. After taking 12th place at the AJGA Philadelphia Junior tournament, he wrapped up the summer with a third-place finish at the AJGA Junior hosted by Morgan Hoffman.
His older brother, John, is a junior golfer at Vanderbilt, and his father, Greg, played tennis at LSU and Arizona. Voetsch was a varsity starter all four seasons and his 4.0 grade point average earned him a place on the school's Honors List.
Rice opens the spring portion of its schedule on Feb. 9-10 at the UTSA Oak Hills Invitational in San Antonio.