Despite rainy conditions — and an outright downpour during his last four holes — St. Augustine Prep freshman golfer Drue Nicholas finished as one of the best in the state.

Nicholas shot a 1-over-par 73 and finished tied for eighth in the Tournament of Championships on Monday at Hopewell Valley Golf Club in Mercer County.

The Hermits shot a 327, tied for ninth among 24 teams.

St. Augustine’s top four scorers included Nicholas, sophomores Jonathan Prussel (79) and Mike Delong (85), and senior Gino Albano (90).

“I was happy,” St. Augustine coach Len Dolson said. “I’m surprised there were a lot of low scorers besides Drue because of the rain.”

Christian Brothers Academy won the Non-Public A state title and the overall TOC championship with a 297. Northern Highland’s Spencer Shih won the individual championship with a 2-under 70.

Haddonfield won the state Group I title. Pascack Hills won Group II, Old Tappan Group III, Shawnee Group IV and St. Rose Non-Public B.

Mainland freshman Michael Mitnick shot a 78 to tie for 30th in a field of 123. Ocean City competed in Group III, finishing with a 361 (21st overall), led by Jack Sullivan’s 83.

Nicholas tied Westwood’s Christopher Lee for eighth place. Nicholas opened the round with two birdies but double-bogeyed the next hole.

Nicholas made four birdies, including one on the final hole. He said he was a bit disappointed in his score considering how well he started.

“All in all, I think everyone played in the same conditions so I can’t feel too bad,” said Nicholas, 14, of Egg Harbor Township. “That’s the biggest thing I took away today.”

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I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July of 2013

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