Eunice Yi and Emmanuel Kountakis literally shared the stage in the school’s auditorium when they signed their respective letters of intent. Yi signed to play golf for the Augusta State University’s women’s team while Kountakis signed to play for the Mercer University Bears in Macon, Ga.
Both head into their senior year with impressive resumes. The pair were 2012 Class AAAA All-State golfers in 2012. Yi helped lead the Lady Panthers to the Class AAAA state championship while Kountakis and his teammates were Class AAAA state runners-up.
For Yi, Augusta State was always the school that was highest on her radar. Other schools she considered were great in one area, but she said the Lady Jaguars had the whole package.
“At Augusta State the coach is really nice,” Yi said. “I can really relate to the coach. I know some of the girls on the team and I can hang with them. I’ve been to the facility and it’s actually pretty nice for a small school.”
Going to a Division I school was important as well.
“I knew for sure I wanted to play for a Division I school,” Yi said. “And it’s just great how they’re an independent, that’s what I like about them, too.”
New Lakeside golf coach Jody Hilley thinks she will do just fine at Augusta State.
“Her work ethic is unparalled,” Hilley said. “That’s what’s going to carry her to greater heights than before.”
She plans on majoring in psychology at Augusta State but with an eye on a future in golf.
“I definitely need to get a degree,” she said. “That’s just something I need to do. My time will come with golf. Once I’m done with college, my plan is to turn pro. If that doesn’t work out, I have my degree and I can go far with that.”
Kountakis had been committed to Mercer since February and was happy that the process was finally complete.
“I’m glad I got it done and I know where I’m going after high school,” said Kountakis. “It’s a good feeling. I’ve been looking around and seeing fellow students trying to decide where they’re going to go, struggling with it. I’m glad I got that off my back early.”
It wasn’t just one thing that caught Kountakis’ eye.
“It was the campus, the people there, the other golf members on the team, the coaches,” he said. “A little bit of everything.”
Playing right away at the next level is something he considers within reach.
“I think anyone on the team has a shot,” he said. “It just depends how they prepare for it.”
In the meantime, he has some unfinished business to attend to.
“Maybe lead the team on to winning another state,” said Kountakis. “We won state my freshman year, we haven’t won it since. I want to win it again.”
Hilley wouldn’t be surprised if he reached his objectives.
“He has such great character,” said Hilley. “He had a great junior year and I only expect greater things from him as a senior.”