Surry’s White wins pair of golf events

Surry Community College sophomore Chandler White won playoffs Friday and Saturday to win a pair of golf events hosted by Louisburg Junior College in Bunn, N.C.

On Friday, White shot a one-under-par score of 70 to tie with Tyler Shough of Patrick Henry Community College in the Hurricane UFO Dispute. The Knights’ sophomore birdied the sudden death hole, while Shough shot an even par, giving White the individual title for the event.

The two golfers ended up in a tie again Saturday in a 36-hole Ironman Tournament, finishing with identical scores of zero using the Stableford system, which actually means a higher score is better. Again the two went to sudden death, and again White came out as the individual champion, this time on the second hole.

As a team, Surry finished second on Saturday with a score of -46 in the Stableford format. Patrick Henry won with a score of -19, while Onondaga Community College (-154) and Louisburg (-178) finished third and fourth.

“We came in second place, which is not where we wanted to be, but it was where we ended,” Surry golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “Overall, I thought the kids played better on the second day. Our number four and five guys both played much better, but it was still not good enough to win.

Surry’s McKinley Johnson placed fourth overall as an individual both days, firing a score of 75 on Friday and finishing at -6 on Saturday in the Stableford format. Jesse Roberson placed sixth overall for the Knights on Saturday with a -8 Stableford score.

“I thought Chandler continued to play well and I was also pleased with McKinley. He maintained a good score,” Pendergraft said. “If we had four guys with that kind of score, we could dominate. McKinley held his own. And Jesse, he has had spurts. If we can just get our fourth and fifth guy clicking we will finish up the season really good.”

Pendergraft is extremely excited about Surry’s next event, the Intercollegiate Golf Championship at the Marine Corps Base in Camp Lejeune, N.C. from March 27-29. A total of 44 colleges, including NCAA schools and junior colleges, will compete against Surry in the by-invitation-only tourney.

“It’s an eye-opening tournament with 44 colleges and I am very excited about that. It’s a good way to show some of our players to the four-year schools,” Pendergraft said. “You have to be invited and we have been trying for four years to do so. It will be a great event and give these guys exposure to what the military is all about. Being a retired First Sergeant, I am excited. I have always talked to these guys about the military and just to expose them to the base and show them what goes on there, I think it will be an eye-opening experience for the kids.”


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