Records fall as Walton finishes sweep of team, individual titles
by Carlton D. White
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Led by a 1-over 72 from John Yi, above, and a tournament-record 68 for Matt Flynn, Walton wrapped up the Cobb County Championship in dominating fashion at City Club Marietta. The Raiders — whose ‘B’ team came in third — won by a tournament-record 18-stroke margin over Walker.
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Led by a 1-over 72 from John Yi, above, and a tournament-record 68 for Matt Flynn, Walton wrapped up the Cobb County Championship in dominating fashion at City Club Marietta. The Raiders — whose ‘B’ team came in third — won by a tournament-record 18-stroke margin over Walker.
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MARIETTA — Behind Matt Flynn’s tournament-record 68, Walton claimed the Cobb County Championship for the third year in a row Tuesday at City Club Marietta.

The Raiders’ 292 team score was well ahead of runner-up Walker (310), and the 18-stroke difference was the largest margin of victory in the event’s five-year history. Previously, the largest margin was Lassiter’s five-stroke win over Pope in the inaugural championship in 2010.

“It means a lot (to win the Cobb County Championship for the third straight time),” Walton coach Mike Davidson said. “It’s a fun, little tournament, especially at the beginning of the year, and to be able to play this well — if we can just hold on and play this well at the region and state level, it would be big.

“I’m proud of the guys. They did a great job. We had tough conditions the first day with wind and pin placements, so they had to really come back and focus, and they did.”

Walton’s “B” team placed third at 311, while Kennesaw Mountain (317) and Mount Paran Christian (318) rounded out the top five.

Pope (338) was sixth, followed by Allatoona (350), Hillgrove (350), Lassiter (357), North Cobb (367), Campbell (367), Sprayberry (379), McEachern (398) and Marietta (400).

Walton led from start to finish after completing Monday’s first nine holes at 149, followed by Mount Paran (157), the Walton “B” team (163) and Walker (165).

Walton’s first- and third-place finishes showed the depth of the Raiders’ squad.

“I keep a running average, and the kids are constantly asking me where they stand,” Davidson said. “It’s competitive the whole year, and they’re a good group of kids.”

Flynn followed his front-nine 35 with an impressive 33 on the back, birdieing the par-3 12th and par-5 14th holes to hold on for the victory on the par-71, 5,721-yard layout.

Flynn is the first golfer in the event’s history to shoot in the 60s. The previous 18-hole record was set last year, when Walton’s John Yi and Whitefield Academy’s Anders Olsson each shot 70 and were crowned co-champions after darkness suspended their playoff run after two holes.

It’s also the first time in the tournament’s five-year history that a playoff didn’t determine medalist honors.

“It feels pretty good to win this,” said. Flynn, a senior in his third year on the varsity team. “I went out with the mindset to try and hit the fairway on every hole and go for the green, and my putting was pretty good.

“I’ve played in this tournament the last three years. I had an idea coming in that I’d shoot low. I didn’t think it would be this low, but I was hitting the ball really well and putting well, so I went out and tried to shoot as well as I could.”

Davidson was proud of Flynn.

“Matt’s been in top six last three years,” he said. “I’ve been on him about shooting in the 70s. It was time for him to start firing some 60s and he came through (Tuesday).”

Kennesaw Mountain’s Jonathan Keppler (71) was second, followed by Walton Yi (72), Walton’s Nick Orrell Jones (72), Walker’s Barrett Kulik (74), Walton’s Conner Edison (75), Kennesaw Mountain’s Michael Cua (76), Mount Paran’s Mack Alford (76), Walton’s Andrew Yowell (77), Mount Paran’s Davis Hall (77) and Walker’s Joe Reich (77).

After making the turn at 5-over 41, Keppler birdied five holes on the back nine and shot 30 on Tuesday.
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