FORT DODGE - The Cherokee Braves golf team finished 4th at the Class 2A Districts at Lakeside Golf Course here Frdiay, carding a 315 to champion Eagle Grove's 308.
Orange City Unity Christian was second with 309, followed by Okoboji 310, Cherokee 315, Odeobolt-Arthur/Battle Creek-Ida Grove 319, South O'Brien 330, West Fork 332, Clarion-Goldfield 341, and Sioux Center 343.
Caleb Malenke of Unity Christian was medalist with a 71.
South O'Brien scores were Shaan Desai 74, Zane Roberts 85, Austin Sweeney 85, Kyle Petrich 86, Curtis Goosen 89, and Ryan Brasser 90.
"We managed a 4th place finish for the second straight year at the district tournament, again only seven shots off advancing to the state tournament," said Cherokee coach James DeVos.
"For the three seniors, Matt Pitts, Brock Benson, and Paxton O'Connor, this marked their 4th consecutive trip to the district tournament. That alone speaks volumes to their dedication and abilities. Matt Pitts will leave us to play golf at Morningside next year. He graduates holding two school records in addition to being the 2008 District champion and 2010 Sectional Champion. His steady play and positive attitude will be greatly missed. Brock Benson graduates with a top 10 individual finish at the 2008 State Tournament and several good sectional and district tournament finishes. Paxton O'Connor will leave us to join the PGM program at UNLV next year. He was recently voted the Most Improved Golfer for the team this year by his peers and his strong play at the sectional and district tournaments both this year and last year have been fun to watch.
"It will be impossible to replace these guys next year but I do hope to see them in future Sioux Valley Amateur Tournaments! It has been an honor to coach these gentlemen over the past four years and I wish them the best in their future endeavors. That being said, five of the six varsity players will now focus their attention on baseball and we wish them the best on what looks to be another great season on the diamond!"