Surry’s White tied for second in National Championship

After two days of action, Surry Community College’s Chandler White is tied for second out of 119 golfers in the NJCAA Division II National Championship in Scottsboro, Alabama.

White, who was tied for the lead after firing a six-under-par 66 Tuesday, finished two-under-par Wednesday with a 70 on the Goose Pond Colony Lake Course. Phillip Hickam of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was one of five golfers to card a 66 Tuesday. He leads the field with a two-day score of 133 after a round of 67 Wednesday. White is tied for second with Hickam’s teammate, Grant Motter, with two-day scores of 136.

“The golf course was set up a little more difficult today. It was a little different for Chandler. Pin placements were harder, and the greens were cut a little shorter, which makes them a little faster and a little harder to maintain those low scores,” said Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft. “It just didn’t seem to click like it did yesterday. Maybe pressure was a factor, but he took a couple of bogeys. If not for that, he would still be right there at first place.”

Still, it was not a bad day for the Surry sophomore, who recorded four birdies Wednesday. Pendergraft said he knew it would be hard for golfers to maintain the low scores recorded on the tournament’s first day.

“I expected everybody to go above 66 today, and they did. People just can’t maintain those scores,” Pendergraft said. “I don’t think Chandler played bad today, but his post shots to the green were not as accurate today. He also had to make long putts today, and the difficulty is greater. But Chandler has the capability. He just has to stay calm and focused and he can do it.”

The four-day national championship concludes Friday.


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