Parrish, Sherwood, Oertel Claim Crowns at Nicklaus’ Bear’s Best

Jackson Parrish, Jacob Sherwood and Rebecca Oertel bested the field and Bear’s Best Golf Club to win their respective divisions in the 2017 SNJGA Championship: Bear’s Best golf tournament played June 19-20, 2017.

The tournament saw players play a challenging Jack Nicklaus designed layout and step up and meet those challenges.

Parrish carded rounds of 74-72—146 to win the boys 12-14 age group by seven strokes over Brett Sawaia.

Parrish’s second-round even-par 72 proved to be the winner.

“It was pretty warm and the wind blew pretty good at the end of both rounds,” Parrish said.

He added his second round was solid from start to finish. “I had a couple of bad drives the first day but Tuesday I made a lot of pars and just tried to stay in the moment,” he said. “Both days I made a lot of putts that really mattered.”

Sherwood’s consistency paid off in the boys 15-18 age group as he fired back-to-back 73s for the victory, beating Adonis LeBlue by eight strokes.

“Everything was feeling very good,” he said. “I birdied the first three holes (during the second round) so I got off to a really good start.”

The start–and the whole tournament–boosted his confidence. “This was my second to last junior tournament so playing well was a big boost for my confidence,” he said as he prepares for college life at Marian University in Wisconsin.

Rebecca Oertel posted a two-shot victory in the girls 15-18 division. She carded rounds of 85-87—172 to edge Erika Nakagawa who had rounds of 88-86—174.

Despite the win, Oertel admitted it was a battle over the two days. “I just struggled through it,” she said. “I had a lot of drive and determination to just finish the best I could.”

She said her second nine each day proved to be the difference. “I just told myself that it’s a new nine once you turn the corner,” she said. “I definitely played better on the back nine both days.”

Bear’s Best SNJGA Championship Results

Jackson Parrish

Boys 12-14

Jackson Parrish, 74-72—146

Brett Sawaia, 72-81—153

Rashon Williams, 77-80—157

Reece Rodriquez 76-81—157

Jacob Sherwood

Boys 15-18

Jacob Sherwood, 73-73—146

Adonis LeBlue, 75-79—154

Drew Warnick, 79-80—159

Tyler Smerz, 78-81—159

Rebecca Oertel

Girls 15-18

Rebecca Oertel, 85-87—172

Erika Nakagawa, 88-86—174

Caroline Valle Balle, 88-90—178

Aliyah Williams, 91-88—179