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Matthew Feste stands with Walton boys coach Bo Abney after winning the Class AAAAAAA individual state championship Tuesday.

The Walton boys and girls golf teams put together impressive rounds of golf Tuesday.

The Raiders shot the day's low score of 304 at Dacula's Hamilton Mill Golf Club to rally for a second-place finish in the boys Class AAAAAAA state tournament, while the Lady Raiders shot 239 -- the lowest score in program history -- to finish fifth in the girls tournament at Chimney Oaks Golf Club in Homer. 

Matthew Feste shot a final-round 70 to lead the Walton boys, earning medalist honors with a two-day total of even-par 144.

"He was super consistent both days," coach Bo Abney said. "He played really, really well."

It was the first individual state title for the junior, who had not won a tournament this season. 

"He was very disciplined this spring," Abney said. "He got better at the things he needed to and turned himself from an above-average golfer into a college-caliber player."

Matthew Geisler (76-76) finished in a tie for 11th, while Zach Vaniman (80-79) and Avery Arasin (85-79) rounded out the Raiders' scoring. 

Walton (619) finished 10 shots behind winner North Forsyth, while North Gwinnett (620) was third. Hillgrove (621) shot a second-round 308 to finish in a tie for fourth with Cherokee.

Adam Borowski (78-75) led the Hawks, finishing in a tie for 14th. Richard Borowski (78-76) finished one shot further back to finish in a tie for 15th, and Connor Hixson (78-78) tied for 19th.

Competing as an individual, North Cobb's Robbie Rainey (79-83) finished in a tie for 38th.

For the Walton girls, Tuesday's round may have been unexpected.

With only one returning starter from last season, the team's goal was to make the state tournament. For coach Richard Myrick, the fifth-place finish was a bonus, and to do it in record fashion was a thrill. 

"(On Monday), we didn't play well," Myrick said. "But (on Tuesday), the girls all came out and just forgot about it and played their best golf."

Cat Cutter led the way Tuesday with a 76, besting her 89 from Day 1. McKensey Kaseta (80-80) had the team's highest individual finish at 14th, while Katherine Euston (93-83) improved by 10 shots.

Lambert's two-day total of 452 was enough to win the team title by 17 shots over Mill Creek. North Gwinnett (496) was third, followed by Peachtree Ridge (500) and Walton (501).

Lambert's Averi Cline (74-73) won the individual championship by one shot over teammate Rachel Burrell (77-71).

Campbell's Anna Herndon, who qualified for the state as an individual, finished in a tie for 57th.

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