Flinton returns to winner’s circle in PGA Section Championship

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WICHITA, Kansas – For a period of close to five years, Kyle Flinton was the dominant golfer in the PGA South Central Section. The director of golf at Quail Creek Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City and briefly a PGA Tour golfer was winning or contending in nearly every section event.

Suddenly, his game deserted him, particularly his ability to put his tee shots in the fairway. Work, family and other demands made it hard to find the time to solve the swing issues and his scores suffered. For the past several years, he has rarely been in contention.

All of that just served to make Flinton’s victory Tuesday in the 2015 Metro Appliances South Central PGA Section Championship at Crestview Country Club in Wichita all the sweeter.

"I have spent the last few years focusing more on my children and family and less on my golf game," Flinton said. "I truly didn’t know if I would make it back to the winner’s circle. I hung in there today and grinded out a great round. This win is very special to me and my family."

Flinton shot a final round 71 in windy conditions to go with his opening 72 for a 1-under 143, one shot better than Trent Rommann (72-72) of Wichita. 

Michael Boyd of The Club at Indian Springs was third, two shots back at 145 after closing with the day’s best round of 2-under 70. Tied for third at 147 were Cary Cozby of Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Jim Young of River Oaks Country Club in Edmond, Kyley Tetley of GolfTec Tulsa, Tracy Phillips of Cedar Ridge Country Club in Broken Arrow and Shannon Friday of Lake Hefner Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

2015 South Central Section Championship
at Crestview Country Club

 1      Kyle Flinton  Oklahoma City,  OK    72    71    143   
2      Trent Rommann  Wichita, KS             72    72    144   
3      Michael Boyd  Tulsa, OK                   75    70    145   
T4      Cary Cozby  Tulsa, OK                    75    72    147   
T4      Jim Young  Oklahoma City, OK      73    74    147   
T4      Kyley Tetley  Broken Arrow, OK    72    75    147   
T4      Tracy Phillips  Tulsa, OK                 73    74    147   
T4      Shannon Friday  Edmond, OK         72    75    147   
9      Mark Fuller  Edmond, OK                 72    76    148   
10      Steven Hausmann  Wichita, KS        77    72    149   
11      Brian Ward  Wichita, KS                  75    75    150   
T12      Philip Holley  Hot Springs, AR      76    75    151   
T12      Lee Johnson  Wichita, KS              75    76    151   
14      Bruce Baxley  Searcy, AR                78    74    152   
15      Blake Bowman  Pryor, OK               74    79    153   
16      Steve Blaske  Wichita, KS                73    81    154   
T17      Mike Hansen  Edmond, OK           79    76    155   
T17      Keith Gunter  Wichita, KS             77    78    155   
19      Phillip Prude  Andover, KS             79    77    156   
T20      Michael Solomon  Wichita, KS    80    77    157   
T20      Garrett Diel  Yukon, OK               79    78    157   
T20      Barry Howard  Hot Springs CC, AR    78    79    157   
T20      Kirt Mowery  Wichita, KS       76    81    157   
T20      Michael Henderson  Stillwater, OK    76    81    157   
25      Jeremy Dear  Broken Arrow, OK       79    79    158   
26      Jarod Lundy  Oklahoma City, OK      77    84    161   
27      Darren Watts  Oklahoma City, OK     79    84    163   
28      Justin McCormick  Tulsa, OK            80    85    165   
29      Brent Cryer  Edmond, OK                  85    82    167   
T30      Jeff Tucker  Oklahoma City, OK      87    84    171   
T30      Tyler Muench  Duncan, OK             79    92    171   
32      Jim Elliott  Wichita, KS                      88    85    173   
33      Michael Booth  Andover, KS             85    93    178   
34      Scot Weller  Topeka, KS                    97    85    182    

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