PANORA - Cold temperatures and high winds hampered the performances at the Class 2A State Golf Tournament on the Lake Panorama National Golf Course here May 23 and 24.
PCM-Monroe won the team title with a 658 score, followed by Gilbert 659, Hudson 675, Carroll Kuemper 675, Garner-Hayfield 695, Cherokee 701, Louisa-Muscatine 713, and Dyersville-Beckman 723.
Cherokee's Braves, winners of the Class 2A District at Fort Dodge to qualify for State, carded a 354 for sixth place on Friday, and a 347 for sixth place on Saturday.
Brock Benson led Cherokee's scoring, firing a solid 77 on Friday, and an 88 on Saturday for a 165 total. He was followed by Matt Pitts 85-90-175, David Cook 93-84-177, Scott Brown 102-86-188, Andy Braun 99-89-188, and Casey Cuthrell 99-100-199.
Ryan McKilligan of Gilbert was medalist with a 154, and runner-up was Justin Weber of Cascade with a 156. Benson placed ninth in the medalist race with his 165.
"We had a great time down at the State Tournament," said Cherokee coach James DeVos, a scratch golfer in his own right. "It was unfortunate that the weather didn't cooperate as well as we could have liked, but overall it was a great experience for this young team. each player took home some more mental intangibles that will make us stronger next year.
"Lake Panorama is certainly a tough course and it showed as several players were 5-10 strokes above their season averages. A major highlight was Brock Benson leading the tournament after the first day. I know the boys are already thinking about next year and hopefully making it down here again. We thank all the friends and family who traveled down to watch us play, and for their support all season long."