JEKYLL ISLAND, GA — The step up in class didn’t faze the Lakeside Lady Panthers.
One year after winning the Georgia High School Association Class AAAA girls golf championship, the Lady Panthers turned around and won the 2013 GHSA Class AAAAA title Monday at the Indian Mound Golf Club on Jekyll Island.
The Lady Panthers won with Eunice Yi and Elizabeth Kim a year ago, and added Megan Sabol to the fold this time out.
Yi, who will attend Georgia Regents University in the fall, was low medalist shooting a 2-under 70 and is the state player of the year.
Emmanuel Kountakis, heading to Mercer next year, matched Yi as he was the boy’s low medalist and state player of the year, though it took him an extra hole to do it.
Kountakis went to a playoff with Gainesville’s Lawson King and Starr’s Mill Kyle Williams after the trio finshed with a 2-under 70. Kountakis then birdied the first hole to earn the title. At the Rocky Springs Golf Course in Vidalia, Ga., Harlem made its first appearance in a state golf championship since 1986 and finished 13th in the GHSA Class AA boys competition. Cole Madison was the low man for the Bulldogs, firing a 3-over 75.
“Cole was on fire all day,” said Bulldogs head coach Kim Chambers.
After getting his team off the course, which he characterized as a “monster,” Chambers was upbeat about what the following year will bring, especially with three freshmen and a junior returning.
“This was a valuable experience for the guys who got to play,” said Chambers. “I really think we’ll be back in the championship again.”