by Brent HoveyReporterAurora -- Although it wasn't the most successful season on record, Aurora varsity boys golf coach Gus Mehallis said it was one of the most enjoyable he has had at the helm.The boys finished with an overall duel match record of 7-2 (5-2 in the Chagrin Valley Conference). They finished third in the preseason CVC tournament, but dropped to third in the postseason CVC tourney.They finished fourth overall in the CVC on the year.This year marked the first Aurora competed in the Division I sectional tournament, responding by finishing in third place and advancing to the regional.Of their top four players, all led the team in scoring in at least one match or tournament."It was a very solid year," said Mehallis. "I thought we could make it out of sectionals and we did. I thought we could have won the league, but Orange was just too tough. State action was reachable, but we just didn't make it."I look back on the season with a smile on my face. It was a fun group of guys, and we really had a good time."Martin Ober was one of four seniors who led the team. The others were Nick Giaimo, Lucas Harrington and Will Laubacher. Sophomore Wes Domeck was the other regular.BUT IT WAS Ober who was the leader of the team."I named him captain from the first day," said Mehallis. "He was the leader and he handled it well. I expected him to be our No. 1 man and he was. It's hard to say where we'd have been without him."Ober just missed advancing to the state tournament by one stroke.He, along with Harrington, were named first team all-CVC. Giaimo and Domeck were named to the second team."Lucas improved every year," Mehallis said. "He's now playing at a level where he can be competitive with anyone. He made leaps and bounds since he started."He had a few rounds where he was under par at some point, so he had that ability which was really nice."Giaimo started slow, but came on as the season went along."I think he and I expected him to be better early in the year," Mehallis said. "But he really came along. He had a 36 at Barrington and that's when we were like 'OK, Nick's back.' He ended up having a real nice year."Laubacher started the year as Aurora's No. 5 guy. At several points during the season, he was left off the lineup. However, every time he was, in his next chance he came back strong.Nothing exemplifies that more than at the sectional tournament. "I TOLD HIM going into that round, 'You're here because you deserve to be here. Play like your score is going to count. If someone falters, we need you to be there to pick them up,'" said Mehallis."He did that and his score helped us advance."As for next year, the only returnee regular will be junior-to-be Domeck."He's our big hitter," Mehallis said. "I really look forward to seeing what he can do in his last two years."After Domeck, Mehallis said it will be dog fight between a lot of young but promising players.Juniors Andrew Wheeler and Matt Gilberto, sophomores Jack Laubacher, Jason Pavlick, Trey Payden, Nick Staargaard and Brandon Towers and freshmen David Hinton and Mitch Johnson all gained experienced this year and will look to take a big step in 2008.While it could have been a more successful year on the course, Mehallis said he really enjoyed his team, especially off the course."We had a lot of fun together," he said. "We had dinners and did other things, and they're a great group of guys. I'm real happy with all of them and what we did this year."E-mail: bhovey@recordpub.comPhone: 330-688-0088 ext. 3115