Surry’s White finishes 21st in nation

Surry Community College’s Chandler White shot a one-under-par 71 Friday to finish 21st overall in the NJCAA Division II National Championship in Scottsboro, Ala.

A sophomore, White bounced back from a nightmare round Thursday to shoot a one-under-par 71 Friday, moving him up from 32nd to 21st out of 119 golfers. White was tied for the lead after his first-round score of 66 and tied for second after firing a 70 on Wednesday. His round of 82 Thursday dropped him 30 spots in the standings. But despite two bogeys, he bounced back in a big way Friday to finish in the 21st spot.

“Overall to come back from 32 to 21 is a big change. The way he played today, I figured he would move back up the totem pole,” Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “If not for a couple of bogeys, he would have been back to what he shot on day one. But it went well. I thought he put forth a great effort to rally a comeback like he did.”

Connor Klein of South Mountain Community College (Arizona) finished as national champion with a four-day score of 276. With the other three rounds staying the same, White would have had to have shot a 69 on Thursday to tie for the top spot. White finished with a four-day total of 289, one-over-par for the tournament.

“One over par for four days, that takes a tremendous amount of skill at this level. How many pros don’t make the cut that are shooting 75 or 76? In essence, he stayed low enough to be playing major golf. He would have made the cut,”Pendergraft said. “I commend him for coming back today and doing what he did. I think it was a very respectable showing.”

Pendergraft said this week has been invaluable to all parties involved. He believes he will take back some important lessons to Dobson for future Surry golfers.

“I have already recruited three or four kids who finished top 10 in the state, but they are not where they need to be to come to this show. I think this fall I will have the ammunition and ideas to set this thing in motion and have a better showing in the future,” Pendergraft said. “I really think that we are prepared to hopefully take this team to an even bigger level given the right tools come fall time.”


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