NBL boys golf: Vikings bring home another title

By MICHAEL COIT
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT

Cardinal Newman's Kevin Parry was the only golfer with a par score at Monday's NBL finals in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

Cardinal Newman’s Kevin Parry was the only golfer with a par score at Monday’s NBL finals in Santa Rosa. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

The best round in Kevin Parry’s varsity career gave the Cardinal Newman senior the individual title in the North Bay League finals Monday.

Montgomery took a fourth consecutive team title for the season led by returning Empire player of the year Nick Rogers, earning the Vikings a spot in the North Coast Section Tournament of Champions. Second-place Cardinal Newman advances to the NCS Division II finals, and Maria Carrillo expects to make the section large school qualifier.

In a very competitive season the league finals, at Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club, featured some strong play and a three-hole playoff to decide the final individuals moving on to the section qualifier.

“The league’s a little deeper this year. A lot of good players came back,” said Jess Stimack, the Montgomery coach.

Parry’s play in the league finals reflected the depth of talent. While ninth in scoring following seven NBL tournaments, Parry was best Monday. He shot the only par round over the 18 holes at the country club on the west side of town.

“The course was playing kind of difficult. But I was hitting the ball well,” Parry said. “I finally put it together. I’m playing my best golf now.”

Always strong with the driver, Parry’s short game was a big reason he was low scorer on the day. When not reaching greens in two shots, Parry chipped well to set up easier putts.

Two under par with a pair of holes to play, Parry double bogeyed and then shot par to finish even.

“I got up and down a lot, which was clutch,” he said. “I have a lot of confidence. The mental game is really big for me.”

Cardinal Newman teammate Eric Bolander was second on the day. Three players tied for third: Rogers, Ryan Garfield, from Casa Grande, and Jordan Grebe, from Maria Carrillo each finished three over par.

Montgomery's Nick Rogers finished in a tie for third at Monday's NBL finals, but finished the season as the league's top individual golfer. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

Montgomery’s Nick Rogers finished in a tie for third at Monday’s NBL finals, but finished the season as the league’s top individual golfer. (Photo by Christopher Chung, The Press Democrat)

Shooting well off his best for the country club course was not how Rogers wanted to complete his final league season. The two time qualifier for the Northern California finals has struggled some with his swing.

“It’s not all clicking yet,” he said.

“It’s a never-ending process. I know I’ve just got to keep grinding.”

While striking the ball well has been a challenge, Rogers remains good around and on the greens. Two weeks of sharpening his game should produce better results at the section championships, Rogers said.

“I’m going to tighten things up,” he said.

Leading the Vikings to a fourth straight team title eased some of Rogers’ frustration.

Cardinal Newman’s second-place league finish advances the Cardinals to the NCS Division II Championships, set for Monday in McKinleyville.

Maria Carrillo is expected to gain a spot in the NCS Division I qualifier Monday in Concord. Top teams and individuals on that day make the section Tournament of Champions.

Out of the NBL finals top individuals not on a team advancing also make the section qualifier field. They are Garfield, Will Crain, from Casa Grande, Evan Smith, from Windsor high, and Edgar Escobar, from Rancho Cotate.

They all were looking up at Parry on the leaderboard Monday.

“My game’s finally coming together,” Parry said. “I’m just going to try to keep the momentum going.”

You can reach Staff Writer Michael Coit at 521-5470 or mike.coit@pressdemocrat.com.

NBL BOYS GOLF FINALS

AT SANTA ROSA GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB

Team scoring: Cardinal Newman 395; Montgomery 404; Maria Carrillo 406; Casa Grande 409; Ukiah 436; Rancho Cotate 444, Windsor incomplete

Top individual scoring: Kevin Parry, Cardinal Newman, 72; Eric Bolander, 74, Cardinal Newman; Nick Rogers, Montgomery, 75; Ryan Garfield, Casa Grande, 75; Jordan Grebe, Maria Carrillo, 75

Note: Montgomery won the NBL title based on tournament scoring throughout the season.

Top individuals on season: Rogers; Bolander; Luke McLaughlin, Montgomery; Michael Danielski, Maria Carrillo; Garfield

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