The high school girls golf player of the year: Elisa Yang of Wesleyan. (COURTESY- )
Photo: American Junior Golf Association
Photo: American Junior Golf Association

High school girls golf player of the year

Girls golf player of the year

Elisa Yang, Wesleyan

Achievements: Three-time GHSA champion; No. 16 prospect in Class of 2017 by Golfweek; ranked 53rd on Junior Golf Scoreboard; won AJGA’s Vaughn Taylor Championship and Scott Stallings Championship; won GSGA Top 60 Women’s Classic.

Height/Weight: 5-foot-4, 120 pounds

Class: Senior

College choice: Signed with Georgia

Why Georgia: I just love Athens; I think it’s a great city. The athletes are getting better and preparing for their future. It shows because the Bulldogs have done very well in professional golf. I’m excited about being a part of their team.

Best high school moment: Graduating. Being able to toss your cap in the air is a great feeling.

Why golf: I’ve played golf for eight years. It’s my passion. It’s what I love, and it’s what I’m good at.

What you’d like to be doing in 10 years: I’d like to be playing professionally on the LPGA tour. It’s always been a dream of mine since I was little. To be able to watch players on TV, I see myself doing that.

Favorite high school course: I’m a math person. I don’t know what I want to study in college. It might be business, but that could change.

Favorite high school golf course: Capital City. It’s pretty open, and I shot a 67 there. I loved it.

People who helped along the way: My parents (Sun and Illkwon Yang), my coach (Jun Yum) and my high school coach, Mrs. (Leslie) Grogan.

Toughest high school opponent: Layne Carter of Vidalia. My freshman year we tied for second. The next year we tied for first. My junior year, she was as senior, and it was like a little duel, and I ended up winning, but she was the toughest I’ve faced. (Carter is now on the West Georgia golf team.)

Favorite movie: “Schreck.” I love animation and that movie is so funny. Donkey is my favorite.

Favorite song: “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar. It has a good message behind it.

If you could be any other athlete on earth: Lexi Thompson. She’s very strong. She’s very brave. She doesn’t give up. Overall, she’s just a very good player.

Money or happiness: Happiness. You can have money and still not be happy. But you can be happy, and it doesn’t matter how much money you have.

Best word to describe yourself: Determined. I practice every day and I practice with a purpose and I practice to get better every day.

View of the world at this moment: There are so many things going on right now. Overall, I’d say optimistic.

What you would put in a time capsule: I’d put down the very first day I played golf. It’s just a favorite memory for me, and I like to remember it. I want to remember just hitting the golf ball for the first time. I remember my first coach telling me I had a great swing.