Surry’s White finishes as medalist at Camp Lejeune
Dobson, NC – March 31, 2015.
Surry Community College sophomore Chandler White finished with the best score Sunday out of a field of 44 colleges, including NCAA schools and junior colleges, in Camp Lejeune.
White fired a score of 209 for three rounds of action, topping a field of schools from all over the country in the Intercollegiate Golf Championships at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune. The sophomore from West Forsyth shot a 76 on his first round Sunday, but got better as the day went on, carding scores of 66 and 67 over the day’s final two rounds. The score earned White individual medalist honors on the Scarlet Course, but his total was also better than any golfer’s score on the Gold Course at the by-invitation-only tournament.
“Chandler had the best score of anybody on Sunday. I was tickled to death,” Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “He wasn’t competing with the guys on the other course, but he had the best score of the day. Nothing seemed to faze Chandler. He just kept his head down and kept plugging”
Sunday was by far the best day for Surry as the Knights placed seventh out of 14 teams on the Scarlet Course. McKinley Johnson finished with a score of 226 for Surry, while teammate Jesse Robertson recorded a three-round total of 237. Surry’s Josiah Blevins finished at 253.
“I think we all improved on day three,” Pendergraft said. “It was still not the scores we needed. There were some extremely low scores from some of these schools, but we knew we would see a high level of competition.”
Surry struggled on Day 1 on Friday on the Gold Course. While the sun was shining early for teams that started at 8 a.m., that was not the case for Surry. The Knights teed off at 11 a.m. Within an hour, the team was met with heavy rain and high winds.
“The weather was awful, but that is not an excuse,” Pendergraft said. “We played better on the second day even though we were playing a couple of inches below sea level. It was wet. The ball stuck and didn’t roll. It was not conducive to a great game because of the water on the course, but we did improve. Overall I was pleased with the weekend.”
While the weather may not have made for great scores, Pendergraft said it was a great experience. His team took a lot of experiences away from the weekend such as a higher appreciation for the military.
“A couple of our players asked why it was thundering. I said, “We are on a marine base. That is ammunition going off. They are training for the real stuff,’” Pendergraft said. “They got to see some marines and were impressed with how they were dressed and their attitude. I think it was a great experience for our kids. The last night we got to meet some generals and high-ranking military guys, which our kids were impressed with.”
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