Walton’s Williams earns All-County three-peat
by Carlton D. White
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Walton High School's Abbey Williams is the 2014 MDJ girls' player of the year. Staff/Jeff Stanton
Walton High School's Abbey Williams is the 2014 MDJ girls' player of the year. Staff/Jeff Stanton
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MARIETTA — Walton’s Abbey Williams has done so much as a Lady Raider golfer.

This past season, she collected her fourth first-team all-county nod and she became the first female golfer at the school to win the Georgia Peach tournament.

Named to the senior all-star tournament, Williams garnered all-state honors from 2011 to 2013 and helped lead Walton to a runner-up finish this season at the Class AAAAAA state tournament.

The Region 5AAAAAA medalist after carding a 76, Williams shot 72 at the Class AAAAAA sectional to tie for second overall and shot 78 at state to end her high school career tied for eighth.

“I worked extremely hard on my short game and I worked a lot on just everything,” Williams said. “Pieces of my game were finally coming together and I played well in tournaments and showed that I had more potential than I had in the past few years.”

Williams’ consistency and 75.4 stroke average were key to Walton’s success and earned her the 2014 Marietta Daily Journal/Cobb County Girls Golfer of the Year honor for the third consecutive season.

“It was exciting (to be golfer of the year for the third straight time) because Blaire Minter (2007, ’08) was the last Walton player to get it, but I’m the first to get it three years in a row so it’s quite exciting and an honor,” Williams said. “It was special getting it sophomore year, but senior year is especially nice because it’s my last year here.”

Williams made her final season at Walton one she’ll never forget. The Lady Raiders didn’t reach their goal of claiming the Region 5AAAAAA title after finishing second overall, but they played their way into the state finals with a strong showing at sectionals and closed out the year with a Class AAAAAA state runner-up crown after shooting 243.

Walton’s second place finish was the best in Lady Raiders’ history.

“Region was difficult because we thought that we’d be able to play well to win and we didn’t,” Williams said. “At state, we all played pretty well and we were very surprised we had done as well as we did. We knew we could do that well, but the fact that it actually happened was very exciting for us. It was the highest finish for Walton and we were excited.”

Walton coach Rick Myrick believes Williams, who owned a 3.85 grade-point average and will play at Florida Southern next season, will get even better in the future.

“The main thing about Abbey was she was consistent all four years she was here,” he said. “We went to state all four years and she finished in the top 15 all four years.

“She’ll probably be a better college player than she was a high school player because she’ll have more time to practice. Her stats speak for themselves. Abbey’s the most decorated female golfer to ever come out of Walton, and she was certainly one of the best in Cobb County. She did everything well.”

Williams is looking forward to her college years, but will often think fondly of her time at Walton.

“I’ll definitely miss everyone,” she said. “I’ll miss high school golf. It was shocking when it was over at state. I actually made a birdie on my last hole, ever. I made a birdie as a freshman starting off, and I made a birdie as a senior finishing, so it was very exciting.

“I’m very blessed and very excited to have been a part of Walton and their golf team. I finished well and the team finished well and I’m very excited for what the future holds.”

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