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Honors still coming for Lakeside' Yi

Posted: June 25, 2013 - 11:06pm  |  Updated: June 26, 2013 - 12:33am

Eunice Yi just completed a tremendous senior campaign at Lakeside High School. Yi took home low medalist honors at the state finals, and, in doing so helped guide the Lady Panthers to the school’s second straight state crown. Yi’s 70 on Jekyll Island’s Indian Mounds Course propelled the Lady Panthers to a four-shot victory over Cambridge. Since that victory Yi has captured numerous awards. She was Named the Top Female Golfer in Class AAAAA, took home Area Player of the Year from The Augusta Chronicle, and recently Yi got a major award from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, which tabbed her as Statewide Female Golfer of the Year for all classifications.

Yi will take her golf talents to GRU in the fall, but first she will play a very ambitious summer schedule. Last week she finished third in the Georgia Girls Junior Amateur Championship. The event was played at the prestigious Atlanta Athletic Club. Yi carded rounds of 74-75-73 in the event. Her Lakeside teammate, Megan Sabol shot 80-82-78 to finish 12th.

 

Ramsey having huge summer

Former Columbia County resident Ashlan Ramsey has been regarded as one of the top junior girl golfers in Georgia for several years. The family moved from Columbia County to Milledgeville a few years ago, and it is obvious Ramsey has continued to work on her game. She is in the midst of an incredible hot streak, having won three consecutive tournaments.

First, she won the Georgia Women’s Match Play Title. As great as that triumph was, it paled in comparison to Ramsey’s next feat.

She fired rounds of 66-70-70 to beat Katelyn Dambaugh, one of the country’s most accomplished amateur golfers, by two shots to claim the Women’s Eastern Golf Association Amateur Championship. The event was held at Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., which was home to a PGA Tour Event for more than 30 years (Augusta Native Charles Howell III earned his first PGA Tour win at Kingsmill in the tournament’s final year in 2002). The victory at Kingsmill was the biggest win of Ramsey’s career, but the winning was not over.

Last week, she marched through 312 other competitors to claim the title at the Women’s Western Amateur Championship. The Western Am is one of the biggest amateur tournaments each year and attracts all the top women’s players from across the country.

This year, the event was held at The Dayton Country Club in Ohio. Ramsey shot 69-72 to breeze into the match play portion of the competition, as 312 golfers were dwindled down to 64. To say Ramsey was dominant the rest of the way would be an understatement. A good indicator of her stellar play was the fact that she won all six matches without ever having to play holes 17 & 18. Ramsey faced Ball State standout Jenna Hague in the 36-hole Championship Match, but it was never close. Ramsey raced out to a 4-up lead through 18 holes and coasted to a 7&6 victory.

Three consecutive wins is outstanding. To do it in the caliber of events Ramsey was playing is astonishing. She is the No. 2 ranked Woman’s Amateur Player in the World, trailing only Lydia Ko, of New Zealand, in Golf Week’s latest poll. In a couple of months, she will join her sister, Taylor, at Clem­son, where they will help spearhead the inaugural season of women’s golf for the Tigers. Taylor spent last season at Clemson, in what was essentially a redshirt season. The Ramseys could be the face of the Tigers’ program for the next few years.

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