Plauger, Falcons top Generals, Wildcats

By Jim Laise — sports@nvdaily.com

BASYE — Central’s Joseph Plauger shot his best nine-hole round on the back nine of his home course Tuesday as the Falcons edged Shenandoah County rival Stonewall Jackson in a three-team event.

Warren County (212) took the third spot as the Falcons (174) and Generals (175) fought back-and-forth on a fine afternoon for high school golf.

Plauger (38) took low honors with a precise short game combined with a hot putter, while Stonewall teammates Kory Somers and Ben Rosenberger (42) tied for runners-up. The Falcons’ Coy Jimenez shot a best-ever nine-hole 43 to tie Stonewall’s Jonathan Koontz (43) for fifth. Central’s Luke Estep finished sixth with a career-best 45.

“I shot a 36 at Blue Ridge Shadows, where I played well earlier in the year,” said Plauger, a junior. “But this is my best back-nine score here. I was hitting my short irons really well today, so that led to me putting well. I thought I played pretty well.”

“The thing about Joseph is, he plays consistently even when he’s not playing really well. He does a good job of keeping his head into the match,” said Central coach Jeff Walters. “Today he was really playing well, so he led us.”

As Plauger took leader honors, Walters was enthusiastic about the round played by Jimenez, playing varsity for the first time this season. Estep played in the No. 4 position.

“We’ve beaten Stonewall Jackson before in the not-too-distant past, but this is a great win for us and our team. Of course, Joseph played really well,” said Walters.

Stonewall has something of a bulls-eye on its back after finishing runner-up at the state tournament a year ago. That team graduated Andrew Good — the two-time Northern Virginia Daily golfer of the year — so coach Coach Roger Wilkins is still finding some missing pieces.

Behind Rosenberger, Kory Somers and Koontz were Yash DeSai (48) and George Daugherty (50).

None of the scoring Falcons finished the nine holes above 48. That tally belonged to Central’s Corey Sibert.

Brandon McWhorter and Courtney L’Amoreaux tied for the individual low (51) for the Wildcats.

Previously this season, Plauger shot a 78 at the Shenandoah County tournament at Shenvalee to finish just one shot behind the winner. His 77 was the low medalist’s score at another Central tri-match at Bryce.