LIVERMORE, Iowa — Central DeWitt was not the best boys golf team at its sectional or district the past two weeks.
It was the best when it mattered most.
The Sabers captured their first Class 3A state championship in boys golf Saturday at Spring Valley Golf Course.
Central DeWitt finished with a two-round total of 622, seven strokes better than two-time defending champion Webster City.
"We didn't want to go out there and get last like we have a couple times in the past," senior McGwire Eden said. "We wanted more than that. We played a practice round on the way up (Thursday) and we felt confident going into it."
Runner-up to Benton Community at sectionals and districts, Central DeWitt had the low round Friday with a 308. It followed with a 314 in the final 18.
Going into the season, Eden felt getting to state was attainable. Winning it?
"I didn't know how far we could get," Eden said. "It's kind of crazy because I've played on better golf teams, but the chemistry, working together and the fun fit well for this group."
Junior Rielly McGranahan was second in the individual race with rounds of 72 and 76 for a 148, seven shots back of medalist Tommy Doyle of Gilbert.
Eden tied for fourth with two rounds of 75. Tanner Steffens made the biggest leap for the Sabers, turning in an 80 after opening with 99.
Brad Gannon, Jacob Brainerd and Tucker Kinney also were in the Sabers' lineup. All six factored into the team scoring one of the two rounds.
"That was the best part about it," Eden said. "It wasn't just four guys scoring and two guys left back. Everybody contributed to our score. That shows a lot."
It was the first state championship for Central DeWitt in any sport since boys track and field won the 3A title in 2009.
"It really hasn't sunk in yet," said Eden, who turns his attention to baseball season Monday. "This is a really good feeling."
At the Class 2A state tournament in Fort Dodge, Wilton finished ninth with a two-day total of 672. Wilton's Jake Fratzke was 19th after rounds of 74 and 76. Durant's Leo Callison shot 75 Saturday to conclude 32nd.