Another Win at the Cascades

Jack Vardaman

Jack Vardaman

Jack Vardaman, a 1962 Washington and Lee graduate, was a freshman on the W&L golf team when the Generals won the 1959 Virginia Intercollegiate championships. That tournament was held on the famous Cascades Course at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va. (Sam Snead launched his career on the course, which has been named one of the “Top 100 Golf Courses in the United States and the World” by Golf Magazine. So last week, 50 years after the W&L victory, Jack was competing in the Virginia State Golf Association’s Super Senior Amateur Championship at the Cascades. In the championship match of the 65-69 age division, Jack trailed his opponent by one stroke after 16 holes but scored a dramatic come-from-behind win with an eagle on No.17 and a par on the par-3 18th. In its story about the match, the Roanoke Times referred to Jack’s participation on that Generals’ championship team, quoting him as saying: “That’s how I know about this place. Man, I love it up here.” In addition to winning the state tournament, the 1959 Generals had a 10-2 match play record, including 10 consecutive wins. Jack is now a member of W&L’s Board of Trustees.



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