It was a week to remember for the girls golf team from Kent Roosevelt.
For starters, the team finished fourth in the JFK Invitational at Candywood Golf Course without one of their starters.
The team fired a 343 score, with Kasey Nielsen leading the way as the runner-up medalist with a 75 behind Courtney Schutt of Dover's 74.
"We played extremely well in our first tournament," said Kent Roosevelt head coach Bryan Harvey.
The team didn't have the expertise of Kory Nielsen, freshman, since she was playing in the AJGA All-Star Tournament in Michigan.
While her teammates were scoring big in the tourney, Kory finished in the top 10 in Michigan.
On Wednesday, the Rough Riders traveled to The Legends. Playing well, Kasey Nielsen was leading the way. With only two holes to finish, Kasey was 1-under.
Then, the horrible weather that created the tornado that hit Orrville raged through the area.
The girls huddled in the basement of the clubhouse, waiting to see if they could finish the tournament.
They couldn't and Kasey was left to wonder what her final score could have been.
No such fate followed the Kent Roosevelt girls to the tournament they hosted on Saturday at the Fairways of Twin Lakes.
Combining Kasey Nielsen, Kelly Nielsen, Kory Nielsen, Coreena Wise, Jocelyn Kohl and Chloe Wise, the team set a new record for team score in a tournament as they easily won the afternoon flight.
Kasey, Kelly and Kory all made the All-Tournament team.
Kasey Nielsen's 2-under 70 also set a record for women at the Fairways of Twin Lakes.
From missing players to tornadoes to a team championship, the first week of the golf season is one the team won't soon forget.
LADY PIRATES INVITATIONAL
The Southeast Pirates are also off to a great start this season.
Macie Hysell has scored a pair of 38s in matches and took medalist honors at the Pre-Season Greater Akron Girls Golf League tourney.
The Pirates also surprised perennial league favorite, St. Vincent-St. Mary, beating them at the Lady Fighting Irish's home course.
Not an easy feat.
This Wednesday, first-year head coach Cindy Fesemyer and her team welcomes eight teams to the annual Lady Pirate Invitational at Olde Dutch Mill Golf Course in Lake Milton.
The Portage Trail Conference schedule is in full swing this week after a preview week that included several division matches and a tournament at Sable Creek hosted by Lake Center Christian.
Cody Tuttle of Southeast, reigning PTC Player of the Year in the County Division, finished with the second-best score of the event, but lost a scorecard playoff to finish as the fourth-place medalist.
Coaches across the PTC, both County and Metro Division, found they had some work to do before the Division schedule kicked in this week.
In the County Division, Woodridge, Mogadore and Southeast could be battling for a first place, but Woodridge is the defending champion and has found a comfortable place at the top of the league. It promises to be an interesting season.
In the Metro Division, the Kent Roosevelt Rough Riders seem to be loaded with talent again, including returning Player of the Year Michael Kenney.
Look for the Ravenna Ravens and the Field Falcons, both improving teams with several competitors who played tournaments throughout the summer, to try and topple the Rough Riders from their always constant perch atop the league.
PORTAGE COUNTY TEAMS
Although not in the Portage Trail Conference, the Aurora Greenmen and Windham Bombers are still in Portage County and have loyal fans following the teams and their progress.
This season, Aurora coach Gus Mehallis is excited about the upcoming season in the Chagrin Valley Conference, while Windham coach David Fall, the fourth-year mentor of the Bombers, is seeking to rebuild a program that lost several golfers to the football program.
AURORA (Chagrin Valley Conference)
The Aurora Greenmen qualified for the state tournament in 2012 and return three golfers from that team that finished eighth in OHSAA Division I.
Mehallis, varsity boys coach and PGA professional, is looking forward to another successful season.
The first tournament in the Chagrin Valley Conference proved Mehallis' prediction that Aurora could win the conference correct.
Playing at Pine Hills in the Pre-Season Conference Tournament, Aurora came in first place.
Senior Tommy Riedy earned medalist honors in the Chagrin Division, firing a 74.
The Aurora five finished in the top six of the tourney as Sam Nowak and Chris Sloe carded a pair of 76s and Conor O'Callaghan and Alex Avalon each fired a 78.
"Right now, we are in first place in the conference," said Mehallis.
This week's schedule will be tough as Aurora travels to Silver Lake Country Club on Monday to compete in the CVCA hosted tourney, to Red Tail on Tuesday for the always tough St. Ignatius Tournament and to Shale Creek in Medina for the Medina High School hosted event.
"I am excited for the upcoming season," said Mehallis, who has already moved one JV golfer to the varsity after a solid performance at Avon Oaks.
Two freshmen are already good players.
Watch for good things from the Aurora team this season.
WINDHAM BOYS (Northeastern Athletic Conference)
Windham will struggle this season to find consistency, according to Fall.
Losing their first match at Tamerwin Golf Course to Maplewood 181 to 213, Fall knows there are several strong teams in the conference that Windham now calls home.
Returning players Brad Kowalski, a senior, and Jaron Bartlett, a junior, will be leading the Bombers throughout the season.
Competing against Bristol on Monday, Pymatuning Valley on Tuesday and Maplewood on Wednesday, the Bombers will welcome two competitors from the PTC Conference to their home course, Riverview, on Friday when Rootstown and Garrettsville Garfield play a non-league match.
FEATURED MATCHES THIS WEEK
Watch for the Record-Courier to cover the Southeast Lady Pirates tournament on Wednesday, Mogadore at Southeast boys match on Wednesday and Southeast at Woodridge on Friday.