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Terrell Academy golf star Rogers takes talents to ABAC

Terrell Academy golfer Chris Rogers, front row, center, signs with ABAC on Friday. He is joined by, front row, from left, mother Beth and father David, as well as back row, from left, Terrell A.D. Keith Jones, ABAC golf coach Herb Hendrix and Terrell golf coach Rundy Foster.

Terrell Academy golfer Chris Rogers, front row, center, signs with ABAC on Friday. He is joined by, front row, from left, mother Beth and father David, as well as back row, from left, Terrell A.D. Keith Jones, ABAC golf coach Herb Hendrix and Terrell golf coach Rundy Foster.

DAWSON — Chris Rogers doesn’t plan to leave high school without a state title.

But even if the Terrell Academy senior golfer doesn’t reach his goal, he’s already done enough in his prep career to assure himself a shot at the next level.

Rogers, who was the GISA Region 3-A runner-up a year ago and went on to finish sixth at state, signed a scholarship to play for nearby ABAC on Friday in Dawson.

“I just really liked the coach, the players and the school,” said Rogers of what led him to choose ABAC, where he plans to major in physical therapy. “They were very hospitable to me when I visited and made me feel at home. Plus, going from a town the size of (Dawson) to one like Tifton is a nice step up — a little bit bigger, but not too big.”

Rogers, a two-time All-Region First-Teamer and one-time All-State selection, has been the leader of the Eagles’ golf team for several seasons now and was the only player to shoot in the 70s in region or state a year ago. He fired a 76 at the state tournament but says he’s improved his game quite a bit since then.

“I’m a two-handicap now,” he said. “I hope to be even lower by the time I get to college.”

TAE golf coach Rundy Foster has no doubt his star will.

“Chris had earned everything he’s gotten (during his golf career), including this scholarship,” Foster said of Rogers, who is the school’s first golf signee in more than five years. “He’s really put in the work, both during the season and in the offseason, to get to where he is now. We’re proud of him and can’t wait to see how he does at ABAC.”