Kennesaw State's Wyatt Larkin wins the Atlanta Open
Atlanta Open winner Wyatt Larkin
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ALPHARETTA, GA (June 14, 2017) - Wyatt Larkin, a rising red-shirt junior at Kennesaw State University captured the Yamaha Atlanta Open presented by Bushnell/Bolle, Camelback, and Levelwear at Echelon Golf Club in Alpharetta. Larkin, a native of Morganton, carded a final round of one-under par 71 for a two-day total of five-under par 139 to claim the Lyman R. Hunter trophy and low amateur honors as well. He is the first amateur to claim the title since Cory Griffin in 2013.
Larkin began the day two strokes behind first round leader PGA apprentice Chris Nicol of the Georgia Golf Center in Roswell. Larkin carded a two-under par outward nine of 34 while Nicol carded a two-over par 38. With birdies at the 4th and 7th hole, Larkin took the lead for good. Both Nicol and nine-time Georgia PGA Player of the Year, Tim Weinhart from Heritage Golf Links in Norcross both made charges, but fell up short after both players made double bogeys on the par 5 14th hole.
Larkin was playing in his first event since last September when he suffered a stress fracture in his L5 vertebrae, and had to endure several months in a full body cast. He credits his time away from the game while injured in helping him focus on the mental aspects of the game. He also greatly improved his X-Box video game playing skills.
Larkin’s only bogey of the week came on his 36th hole, but he still won by two shots over PGA head professional Kyle Owen of Dunwoody Country Club, who fired the low round of the day with a four-under par 68 to claim low professional honors and the first place professional prize money of $3,700.
Rounding out the top five was amateur Harrison Stewart of Brookfield Country Club in Roswell along with Nicol and Weinhart who all tied for third place at two-under par 142. Echelon Golf Club is a Rees Jones signature course and is set up to play as a par 72 at 7001 yards for the championship.
-Editors Note: Article by the Georgia PGA
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