As a military brat, Bill Rogers lived in Germany, North Africa and Alabama, which is where he first began to play golf. By the age of 13, Bill was playing competitively. He credits the family’s moves to Texarkana and the relationship he formed with Northridge CC pro Jerry Robinson for his progress as a junior player.
Rogers earned a scholarship at the University of Houston, where he roomed with Bruce Lietzke. Nicknamed “Panther” because he seemed like a caged cat, pacing back and forth while waiting to hit his next shot, Rogers won the 1972 Southern Amateur and the 1973 All-American Intercollegiate Invitational. Bill was an All-American in 1973 and earned his Tour card in 1974. Between 1975 and 1983, Rogers won five PGA Tour events. In 1981, Rogers put his name among the immortals by winning the British Open. In addition to having three PGA Tour triumphs, Rogers enhanced his reputation as an international player by capturing the Suntory Open in Japan, the New South Wales Open and the Australian Open. Bill had enjoyed precious success overseas, winning the 1977 Pacific Masters tournament and the 1980 Suntory Open.
In the late 1980’s Bill moved to San Antonio and by the end of the 1990 Tour year, he became head pro at San Antonio Country Club. After a stint in the ownership at Briggs Ranch Golf Club, Bill now occasionally plays on the Champions Tour and is a coach for the University of Texas San Antonio golf team. He lives in San Antonio.
Birthplace: Waco, Texas
Born: September 10, 1951