FORT DODGE - The Cherokee Braves golf team put it all together in grand fashion here on May 16th, winning the Class 2A Boys District Golf title after carding a superb 308 score.
The Braves were led by District Meet medalist Matt Pitts, who shot an even-par 72. Cherokee's Brock Benson, the third medalist in the 2A Sectionals, was fourth medalist here with a 75. Benson was one of five players finishing tied for runner-up medalist behind Pitts, with Neil Malenke of Orange City Unity Christian winning a five-hole playoff to claim runner-up medalist honors.
The rest of the Braves' lead scoring was David Cook 78, and Scott Brown 83. Also for Cherokee, Andy Braun carded a 90, and Casey Cuthrell 91.
The Meet was played at Lakeside Golf Course in Fort Dodge under sunny, breezy skies and temperatures in the high 70s.
Carroll Kuemper was runner-up with a 313, followed by Emmetsburg 313, Okoboji 321, South O'Brien 325, Eagle Grove 327, Sibley-Ocheyedan 330, Orange City Unity Christian 331, and IKM-Manning 341.
"Words cannot express how proud I am of this group of young men," said Cherokee coach James DeVos. "In an extremely tough field of teams with difficult conditions, these guys really came to play and shot their lowest round of the year. They just keep on improving and from a coaching standpoint, that is all I can ask for.
"I stress the team concept all season long and to be going to state as a team is rewarding. I've never coached a team in the state tournament but am looking forward to this opportunity.
"The team and I would like to thank all the families, friends and community members for their support throughout the season and a big thank-you to the Cherokee Golf & Country Club for graciously allowing us to practice all season long. We hope to see many of you down at the State Tournament."
The Braves play at State May 23 and 24 at Lake Panorama Golf Course in Panora.