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The Nordonia High School boys golf team has experienced a hot start to the 2016 season -- both literally and figuratively.
Literally because of the hot and humid weather conditions and figuratively because they've finished in the top six in a pair of tournaments.
Nordonia opened the season Aug. 5, at the Suburban League Preseason Tournament at Windmill Golf Club in Ravenna.
The Knights finished in third place overall with a team score of 330. Hudson won the tournament with a round of 310 and Twinsburg was next with a 329.
Nordonia senior Drake Tobias finished third overall on an individual basis, producing a round of 76.
"The boys played well," said Nordonia head coach Scott Lawrence. "I'm very happy with our first tournament results. It puts us into a good position heading into the regular season."
On Aug. 8, Nordonia competed in the Brunswick Tee Off Classic. The Knights finished with a round of 346, good enough for 11th place in a field of 18 teams.
Green was first with a 312, and Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin, Brunswick, and North Royalton all finished with a team score of 321.
Tobias led the way for Nordonia with a round of 77. Behind him were sophomore Jake Vetrovsky (87), senior Jared Budner (88), and junior Mitch Ehrman (94).
On Aug. 9, the Knights hosted the Nordonia Classic, finishing fourth in a field of 18 squads with a team score of 329. Brecksville (311) won the tournament, with Highland (319) second and Wadsworth (325) third.
Tobias earned medalist honors at the Classic, shooting a 74 in the process. Vetrovsky was next with an 80, while Ehrman shot an 86 and junior Jason Zaborszki posted an 89.
On Aug. 11, Nordonia competed in the Twinsburg Tiger Invitational, where the Knights placed sixth in a field of 18 teams with a round of 338. Avon Lake won the tournament with a round of 302, followed by Highland (312) and Copley (325).
Tobias once again led the way for Nordonia, this time with a round of 81. In addition, Budner shot an 84, Vetrovsky was next with an 86, and senior Chris Armao was right behind him with an 87.
"We're very excited for the team's results so far," said Lawrence. "We had to battle through some extremely hot and humid days. Individual performances were topped off by Drake Tobias's performance at the Nordonia Classic. He had to battle through a tough start by finishing the last five holes at one-under par."
On August 22, Nordonia competed in a tri-meet at Ravenna with Streetsboro, but results were not available at press time.
On Aug. 25, the Knights host Suburban League National Conference rival Hudson. Tee time at Ellsworth Meadows is set for 3:30 p.m.
"The team is working on being more consistent from hole-to-hole and remaining mentally tough throughout the round from tee to green," said Lawrence.