ESTHERVILLE - The Cherokee Braves golf team, which qualified for the State Meet last season, opened the 2009 season in impressive fashion here Wednesday night,winning a Lakes Conference triangular after carding a 166, followed by host Estherville-LC 168, and Emmetsburg 170.
Cherokee's David Coon was runner-up medalist, shooting a 38, with Emmetsburg's Matt Wellik the meet medalist with a 36.
Other low scores for the Braves included Brock Benson 40, Matt Pitts 43, Andy Braun and Adam Pitts 45 each, and Austin Mongan 51.
"This was a perfect way to start off our season," said Cherokee coach James DeVos, a scratch golfer in his own right. "The weather was absolutely perfect and the boys responded well to the challenge of a new season. It's always tough to go on an opposing team's home course and come out with a victory, so this is a good confidence builder for us.
"David Cook played very well. Freshman Adam Pitts shot a 45 which is impressive in his first meet. We will continue to have good battles for the 5th and 6th spots on varsity, and Adam has set the pace there. We are looking forward to a competitive season."
In JV action for Cherokee, Austin Winchell carded a 48, Dillon Devitt 51, Tyler Lundsgaard 52, Tom Weaver 54, Jordan Ogren 56, and Rick Weaver 75.
Emmetsburg won the JV compeititon with 187, followed by Cherokee 205, and E-LC 226.
Cherokee plays in the Spencer Invitational in Spencer Saturday.