Lake Region's Athena Yang is Girls Golf State Champion

Athena Yang, a Lake Region junior, shot a 4-under-par 68 on Wednesday en route to the Class 3A girls golf state championship.

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Starting the day five strokes behind first-day leader Terese Romeo of Tampa Freedom, Yang plugged away with four birdies on the first 14 holes at Deer Island Country Club in Tavares, carding a two-day score of 144. She then beat Selin Timur of Lake Mary, who shot 72 and 72 for a 144 total, in a one-hole playoff to win the championship. Romeo finished with a second-day score of 74 to total 145.

Yang becomes the first girl's state champion from Polk County since Lori Wilkes of Bartow High School in 1984.