NCS Golf Tournament of Champions: Montgomery star Rogers triumphs

By HOWARD SENZELL
FOR THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Santa Rosa's Aaron Walker, left, chats with Montgomery's Nick Rogers on the 18th tee in the NCS Tournament of Champions at Rooster Run Golf Course in Petaluma on Monday May 13, 2013. (Photo by Scott Manchester, The Press Democrat)

Santa Rosa’s Aaron Walker, left, chats with Montgomery’s Nick Rogers on the 18th tee in the NCS Tournament of Champions at Rooster Run Golf Course in Petaluma on Monday May 13, 2013. (Photo by Scott Manchester, The Press Democrat)

PETALUMA — Nick Rogers turned in the low score among the 142 golfers competing in the Tournament of Champions Monday at Rooster Run and the Montgomery High junior will represent the Redwood Empire in the NorCal Championships.

Rogers shot a 7-under par 65 to take medalist honors by three strokes over Miguel Delgado of Branson.

The NorCal Championships are next Monday at Diablo Grande Resort in Patterson. The top finishers there will move on to the CIF State Tournament June 5 at Quail Lodge in Carmel.

Rogers was the only Empire golfer to advance Monday. Seventeen players from the area competed, including the Montgomery and Analy teams. The Vikings got an invite for winning the NBL title this season and the Tigers represented the SCL.

The Montgomery team finished ninth of 18 teams with a score of 395. Analy, missing several of its better players, was last with a total of 464. Foothill won the team title with a score of 361.

En route to his brilliant round, Rogers had eight birdies, a bogey and nine pars.

“The key for me was my wedge play and putting,” Rogers said. “I was able to get spin on the ball coming out of the rough and got close to the pin on most of the holes. That made putting a lot easier.”

Rogers was also good from long range sinking 20-foot putts on No. 3 and No. 5.

“I wasn’t driving the ball that well,” he said. “I didn’t use my driver much, I just went with my three wood.”

The score of 65 ties the lowest round Rogers has shot in a tournament.

Montgomery coach Jess Stimack calls Rogers “a rare talent” and extremely mature for his age both on and off the course.

While Rogers’ round was fantastic, four other Empire golfers shot par or close to it.

Cardinal Newman freshman Scott Mitchell shot a par 72, Ukiah’s Javier Torres and Analy’s Clayton Farris both shot 2-over 74 and Santa Rosa’s Aaron Walker finished 3-over par with a 75.

Mitchell walked off the course thinking his putter cost him an opportunity to advance. He missed advancing to the NorCal Championships by one shot.

“I missed two 5-foot putts,” he said. “Those really cost me. The other parts of my game went pretty well.”

Four players advanced as well as the top three teams.

HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

NCS Tournament of Champions

AT ROOSTER RUN (PAR 72)

Team scores

Foothill 361, De La Salle 363, Amador Valley 366, Campolindo 378, Dublin 379, Miramonte 381, San Ramon Valley 393, Redwood 394, Montgomery 395, Acalanes 400, Alameda 400, Eureka 402, Northgate 404, Heritage 410, Livermore 412, Deer Valley 420, Novato 435, Analy 464.

Redwood Empire golfers

Nick Rogers (Montgomery) 65, Scott Mitchell (Cardinal Newman) 72, Javier Torres (Ukiah) 74, Clayton Farris (Analy) 74, Aaron Walker (Santa Rosa) 75, Sean Berardi (Petaluma) 77, Luke McLaughlin (M) 79, Paul Kuhy (M) 82, Keegan Kinahan (M) 84, Kousuke Tominaga (M) 85, Connor Jeffries (Windsor) 86, Ryan Fitzgerald (M) 88, Mike Thayer (A) 94, Grayson Evans (A) 95, Brendan Clough (A) 96, Brent Marshall (A) 105, Carter Menlaud (A) 106

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