The recent Lakeside graduate plans to work on her golf game five hours or more almost every day. Then, she’ll throw in some weight training and running. Yi has a good reason for all the hard work.
“In this heat,” she said, “you have to be able to be in good shape to walk 18 holes.”
The Augusta Chronicle Girls Golfer of the Year, Yi shot 2-under-par 70 to win the Class AAAAA individual competition in May. Yi also combined with teammates Elizabeth Kim and Megan Sabol to help Lakeside win the team title for the second year in a row.
Yi has only been playing golf for four years. When her family moved to Jones Creek Golf Club, she picked up the sport before her freshman year of high school – with a nudge from her father. Yi starting working with pro Drew Belt, who is now at West Lake Country Club.
“Once I saw the results, I knew I had to start working harder,” she said. “I love practicing and the thought of getting better and better each day. I just like improving.”
When she first started golf, she hit buckets and buckets of golf balls. Once her ball-striking improved, she started focusing on her short game.
Her short game, Lakeside coach Jody Hilley said, let her down a little at the state championship. Had she made a few putts, she could’ve shot 67 or 68.
“She missed some putts mid-round where she could have gone lower,” he said. “She’s hard on herself because she’s a hard worker and she’s very driven.”
Yi added: “I didn’t putt well that day. I couldn’t make anything.”
Yi will play in the fall for the Georgia Regents women’s golf team. She has a goal of becoming an All-American her freshman season, though she know it won’t come easy.
“I know it’s going to be really hard,” she said. “I just want to take advantage of the facilities and work really hard.”