MILLIGAN COLLEGE, Tenn. (Nov. 24, 2015) – Kodey Popplewell, a golf standout at Cherokee High School in Rogersville, Tennessee, has signed a letter of intent to attend Milligan College and play golf for the Buffaloes. Milligan coach Tony Wallingford made the announcement.
Popplewell was the 2013 Region 1 AAA champion and qualified to play in the TSSAA State Tournament. He is a three-time regional qualifier and twice Popplewell has earned first team All-IMAC honors. Most recently he shot a 1 under par 71 to earn runner-up honors in the 2015 IMAC Championship. Popplewell has played well at the Morristown Invitational attaining a second-place finish and two top-10 finishes there in the past three years. He holds the Cherokee High School record for low tournament round and low scoring average.
Popplewell has had success on the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour. During the past two years on the TGA Tour, Popplewell has earned three top-five finishes, three top-10 finishes and in 2015 was medalist at the Patriot Hills tournament. He also had an impressive summer on the Hurricane Junior Tour where he was runner-up at Gettysvue Golf and Polo Club. He also has three other top-five finishes on the Hurricane Tour including a fourth-place finish at the Kentucky Summer Classic where he shot a 2 under par 70 in the final round. During the past three seasons, Popplewell has earned two wins, eight top-five finishes, and seven top-10 finishes on the junior tour circuit.
“We are excited to have Kodey join us at Milligan,” commented Wallingford. “When you consider this guy has only played golf for three years, that certainly speaks to his incredible talent. He has been a multisport athlete who possesses great upside in golf. I am confident he will make a positive contribution to our program over the next four years. He is a terrific student and person and will be a great addition to Milligan and our golf program.”
Popplewell, an honor student at Cherokee High School, plans a major in human performance and exercise science with an emphasis in sports management at Milligan. He is the son of Robert and Denita Popplewell of Rogersville, Tennessee.