Going into the third of four Suburban League Tournaments Saturday at its home course, Ellsworth Meadows Golf Course in Hudson, the Nordonia girls golf team was in first place in the National Conference after first- and second-place finishes in the first two league tourneys.
However, league tournament No. 3 was not kind to the Knights.
Missing junior Ally Siewert, their No. 1 player, who withdrew due to a thumb injury, the Knights finished seventh in the eight-team National Conference with a score of 412.
Stow-Munroe Falls won the competition with a score of 361. Hudson finished second (384) and Twinsburg was third (393).
"Ally was medalist at the first two tournaments. With her out, we knew that it would be a challenging day," Nordonia head coach Greg Harris said. "However, our team certainly didn’t expect a seventh-place finish."
Leading the way for Nordonia was freshman Christina Nagy, who shot a 91, good enough for fourth place in the National Conference.
"Christina played very well," said Harris. "She hits the ball a long way, is very accurate and is a good putter."
Ellie McCoy of Stow-Munroe Falls won the competition with an 85.
Nagy’s classmate Larisa Golembiewski shot a 102.
"Larisa played well with the exception of two tough holes," Harris said. "Otherwise, she would have easily shot in the 90s. She hits the ball a long way, probably a little longer than Christina, and has some good putts around the green as well."
Senior Simran Dhillon shot a 104, while senior Avery Simpson carded a 115.
"Simran played a good round and was just a few shots away from breaking into the 90s," said the coach. "Avery and junior Paige Becker (118) both had one good nine, but their other nine pushed their scores up higher than what their averages are for 18 holes."
Overall, Harris said the Knights are having a good season.
"We are probably exceeding expectations given that we have a fairly young team with two of our top four scorers being freshmen," he said. "Going into the tournament, Ally was leading in the race for Player of The Year for the National Conference. And both Christina and Larisa were holding down spots on the second-team All-Suburban League for the conference."
According to Harris, the girls golf program is riding high.
"I am optimistic that we will do better in the fourth and final league tournament on September 18th at Brookside Golf Course in Barberton (8:30 a.m.)," he said. "I hope Ally will be back for that. It will hopefully put us back in first or second place for the season.
"The remainder of this season and the future for the Nordonia girls golf team both look very good."
Nordonia is scheduled to play Akron Hoban at Raymond C. Firestone Golf Course in Akron Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Knights are set to oppose Akron Our Lady of the Elms at Mud Run Golf Course in Akron Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.