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Golf Braves end season at Districts

Friday, May 29, 2009

Members of the Cherokee Braves varsity golf team this season include, left to right, Paxton O'Connor, Matt Pitts, Adam Pitts, Brock Benson, Jake Spindler, David Cook, Casey Cuthrell, Austin Mongan (front), Andy Braun, and coach James DeVos. The Braves qualified for State last season and finished fourth at Districts last week. Photo by Paul Struck
STORM LAKE - The Cherokee Braves varsity golf team placed fourth to miss out on a return trip to the State Meet at Class 2A Districts at Lake Creek Golf Course here last week.

Carroll Kuemper won the team title with a 309, followed by Prairie Valley 322, Emmetsburg 330, Cherokee 331, Orange City Unity Christian 331, South O'Brien 343, Pocahontas Area 350, and Sheldon 355.

David Cook and Brock Benson each carded an 82 to lead Cherokee in the 18-hole District competition, followed by Andy Braun 83, Paxton O'Connor 84, Matt Pitts 88, and Jake Spindler 94.

Kuemper's Nate Molak was medalist with a 74, and Unity Christian's Neil Malenke was runner-up with a 76.

Kyle Petrich led South O'Brien with an 81, followed by Matt Cole 86, Heath Brown 87, Shaun Desai 89, and Ryan Brasser 92.

"Today was a bittersweet ending to a great season," said Cherokee coach James DeVos. "We placed fourth at the meet which wasn't quite good enough to move onto State again, but we did manage to shoot our best team score at Lake Creek in over 10 years.

"The two seniors - David Cook and Andy Braun - both shot their career lows at Lake Creek as well. It was a good way to end the year. Not enough can be said about David and Andy, who as freshmen started on a tgeam that placed last in the Lakes Conference and lost every meet. As upperclassmen, they helped transform a team and led the Braves to two second-place finishes in the conference, played in three consecutive District Tournaments, and took one team to the State Tournament. They are both fine gentlemen and great leaders and deserve much recognition for the work they have done over the past four years. It will be tough to see them go.

"That being said, many of the golfers are fine baseball players and I know they are looking forward to a fun summer on the diamonds. We wish the Braves baseball team the best of luck this summer as well!"

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