Plogger first state champion at Lee since 1996

Plogger first state champion at Lee since 1996


Plogger first state champion at Lee since 1996


ABINGDON — Robert E. Lee has its first individual state golf champion since 1996.

Down three strokes after the first day of action, Lee’s Jordan Plogger scored his first VHSL Group 2A State Golf Tournament championship, overcoming bad course conditions to score a 3-over 75 on Tuesday and score a two-day total of 152 at Glenrochie Country Club.

Plogger joins Mike Gooden, who won two straight titles in 1995 and 1996, as a state champion in Lee’s ranks.

As a team, Lee finished second overall to Appomattox, scoring a two-day total of 682 strokes. Jesse Bartley shot an 88, Banner Robson had a 90, Gunner Cook followed with a 92 and Jaron Brown added an 93.

Appomattox scored a two-day total of 651 strokes, winning the Group 2A team championship. James River-Buchanan Sean Kessler was the second overall individual, scoring a 155, while Appomattox’s Chase Mayberry was third with an 155.

Lebanon’s Adam Hooker, who led all golfers on Monday with a 74, fizzled out on Tuesday with a 83 for a two-day total of 157, finishing fifth.

“Overall, the tournament set up was unlike anything we’ve played all year,” Lee head coach James Corbett said. “Everyone had the same conditions, but the course being so wet, you got no roll.”

Still, Plogger came through early and played superb golf on his final nine holes — which happened to be the front nine at Glenrochie.

“I don’t really think I’ve comprehended it just yet,” Plogger said. “But I think as the week goes on, I’ll start to realize it actually happened.”

Plogger shot a first day total of 5-over 77, just three strokes behind Hooker’s 74.

On Tuesday, though, his tee time was about an hour ahead of the leader as he waded through the course first.

Things started off well on hole No. 10 when Plogger scored a birdie.

“I just felt really amped up,” he said. “I would say that got things rolling and gave me confidence. When I made that putt, it was a big key to that course.”

Things balanced soon after and Plogger went through his first nine holes having shot four over.

However, as the Lee junior made his way through the final nine, he started to find a rhythm. His breakthrough came on hole No. 5.

“He made a 40-foot putt on the fringe at No. 5,” Corbett said. “and on the next green knocked it three feet from the hole for birdie. That was the turning point for him in the tournament.”

Plogger waited an hour after finishing his 18 holes to learn of the result, leading to a “lot of anxiety,” according to Corbett.

But as Plogger and his parents waited for the scores to roll in, the Lee faithful was met with relieve with the results.

“I just love to do this for my team and for my school,” Plogger said. “To represent Lee is a great honor.”

Following a promising first day of action, Riverheads Weston Snyder, in his third state championship appearance in three years, finished out Tuesday with an 86.

“The first day I was kind of where I wanted to be,” Snyder said. “I didn’t have a lot of pressure on me. I knew what I had to do today and got off to a rough start.”

After shooting 4-over through the first 14 holes on Monday, the wheels started to spin off for Snyder, who was 5-over on the next four. On Tuesday, the day didn’t come together, either.

“The pins were tough and it was rainy,” Riverheads head coach Scott Cassell said. “The ball wouldn’t stop on the greens.”

Wilson Memorial’s John Garvey, meanwhile, shot a 93 on Tuesday, following up with a 12-over 84 on Monday.


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