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 won the 2013 GHSA Class AAAAA title Monday at 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 in the fall, was low medalist shooting 2-under-par 70 and is the state player of the year.
Lakeside’s Emmanuel Kountakis, heading to Mercer next year, matched Yi as he was the boys low medalist and state player of the year, it just 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 finished at 2-under 70 and birdied the first hole to earn the distinction.
In Class AAAA, the Richmond Academy boys came in second at 297 behind Marist, which shot 279. Greyson Sigg’s 73 was the best round for the Musketeers.
The Lincoln County boys also finished second, to Gordon Lee, in the Class A public championship. Harrison Mohr led the Red Devils with 72.
In the Class A private championship, Aquinas finished fifth with 323. Brookstone won with 297. John Christian Whyte led the Irish with 76.
In Class AA, the Westside boys placed fifth, with Jason Murphy carding a team-best round of 75. Also at the Rocky Springs Golf Course in Vidalia, Ga., Harlem made its first appearance in a state golf championship since 1986 and finished 13th. Cole Madison was the low man for the Bulldogs firing 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.”