LE MARS - The Cherokee Braves golf team showed its potential and talent here Saturday, winning the rugged Le Mars Invitational by 15 strokes over the host team.
The Braves were led by skilled lefty Brock Benson, who claimed medalist honors with a 77 in the cold, windy conditions, as temperatures hovered in the 40s and winds gusted to 30 mph. Benson's teammate Matt Pitts was runner-up medalist with an 80, as the Cherokee senior duo led all players with their low medal scores for the 11-team tournament.
Cherokee won the meet after carding a 324, followed by Le Mars 339, Maple Valley/Anthon-Oto 340, South Sioux City 343, Newell-Fonda 344, MOC-Floyd Valley 353, Lawton-Bronson 355, Le Mars Gehlen 358, Hull Wsestern Christian 3359, Le Mars JV 365, and Kingsley-Pierson 378.
Other Cherokee scores were Paxton O'Connor 83, Jake Spindler 84, Adam Pitts 94, and Austin Winchell 97.
"The boys overcame some less than desirable playing conditions to play one of their finest rounds of the year," said Cherokee coach James DeVos. "Brock Benson played some great golf to card the only round in the 70s for the tournament. Matt Pitts played very steady golf, as did Paxton O'Connor, who overcame a tough start to finish with 83.
"We've worked on our mental game strategies all year and today it really paid off, as the boys didn't let the cold get to them."
Cherokee hosts the Sectional Tournament here Friday at the Cherokee Golf & Country Club.