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NorCal golf: Vikings' Rogers just short in bid for state

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Playing just two shots over par at the NorCal finals wasn’t enough for Montgomery golfer Nick Rogers to keep his stellar prep season going.

Rogers finished with a 74 at Butte Creek Country Club in Chico. He was one stroke behind the qualifying group of individuals that qualified for advancement to the CIF state championship.

The score was good on a tough course in windy conditions. What hurt Rogers were drives that found too many fairway bunkers. His short game was solid.

“It was pretty challenging. I just wasn’t hitting the ball very well,” Rogers said.

Still, he was consistent much of the day. Rogers had only one bogey and one double bogey. But he also made just one birdie.

“My chipping and putting saved me a lot,” Rogers said.

Knowing the course helped. Rogers played Butte Creek a year ago.

“I knew where to hit the ball and where not to miss. It probably saved me some shots,” he said.

Against a very tough field Rogers had to be better. There were 15 players who shot par or lower.

“It was very competitive. He was really close,” said Montgomery coach Marcelo Bautista.

Reaching the NorCal finals and finishing well up the leaderboard was a good end to a sophomore campaign. Rogers figures to improve playing in junior tournaments in preparation for next season.

“I got more consistent this year. It was a good season,” Rogers said.