Walton girls earn surprise fifth place
by John Bednarowski
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Walton’s Abbey Williams shot 81 Monday to help the Lady Raiders 
finish fifth in the Class AAAAAA state golf championship in Moultrie.
Walton’s Abbey Williams shot 81 Monday to help the Lady Raiders finish fifth in the Class AAAAAA state golf championship in Moultrie.
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The Walton girls golf team finished fifth in its sectional tournament because of injuries to some key players, but its score was good enough to sneak into the Class AAAAAA state championship.

Monday, the Lady Raiders took advantage of their chance.

Walton shot a team score of 254 at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie to finish in fifth place for the third straight year. Lambert won the team championship with a score of 220.

Abbey Williams led the Lady Raiders with an 81, but it was the effort of freshman Autumn Gage that was key to their strong showing.

Gage had shot 105 in the sectional tournament at the beginning of the month. It was one of her first events after coming back from a broken ankle. Monday, Gage shot 84.

“It was not what we had anticipated,” Walton coach Richard Myrick said. “We played really well.

“Autumn hadn’t been able to play most of the year, but she was able to practice her short game. She really played well. I’m proud of all of them.”

Lindsey Seagraves shot 89 to complete the Lady Raiders scoring.

Cobb County had two other top-5 finishers, Mount Paran Christian and Lassiter boys each claimed top-5 finishes in their tournaments.

The Eagles finished in fourth place in the Class A tournament at Savannah Quarters Country Club. Their team score of 322 as 25 strokes behind winner Brookstone.

Tyler Young led Mount Paran Christian with 77, John Busby shot 80, Davis Hall 81 and Mack Alford 84.

Lassiter shot a team score of 302 to finish in a tie for fifth behind champion Norcross at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton.

Adam Bright shot 73 to finish in fifth place in the individual tournament. Max Weyrick shot 75, Brodie Judd 76 and Billy Lephon finished with 78.

“We played solid,” Trojans coach Butch Burden said. “Our three seniors (Bright, Weyrick and Judd) really carried us. They’ve been together the last four years.

“I think we represented Cobb County well and I know we represented Lassiter well.”

Other boys who qualified for the tournaments as individuals played solid golf.

Walker’s Joe Wright shot 74 to tie for fifth, and Johnny Hsu had 81 in the Class A tournament. Last year’s Class AAAAAA individual state champion Jonathan Keppler and his Kennesaw Mountain teammate Cole Hunsucker each shot 75 and Hillgrove’s Tyler Cunningham finished with 77.

The Mount Paran girls finished just outside the top 5, claiming sixth at the Class A tournament at Crosswinds Golf Club in Savannah.

The Lady Eagles team score of 186 was highlighted by Holly Cannon’s 85. Her score was good enough to claim fifth place individually. McKenna Cua shot 101 to complete Mount Paran’s scoring.

The Kell boys shot its best team score of the year, posting 315 at the Class AAAAA tournament at Pine Lakes Golf Club at Jekyll Island.

Matthew Hines and Mark DeCoster each shot 76, Chandler Mackey shot 81 and Corey Sellers finished with 82.

“Our goal was to finish in the top 10,” Longhorns coach Craig Hines said. “We finished ninth and shot our best score of the year in the state tournament.”

Gainesville won the tournament with a team score of 289.

The Harrison girls finished 10th in the Class AAAAAA tournament with a score of 268. Allison Black shot 82, Hailey Willman 90 and Caroline McLeod finished with 96.

The Harrison boys struggled to a 15th place finish in their tournament with a score of 329. Matt McMahon shot 80, Nick Bell 82, Jacob Eanes 83 and Luke Schniederjans finished with 84.

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