Surry’s White wins Region X Golf Tournament
Dobson, NC – April 21, 2015.
For the second year in a row, sophomore Chandler White will represent Surry Community College in the NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship in Scottsboro, Ala.
White finished as the top individual Friday and Saturday in the Region X Championship at Emerald Golf Course in New Bern with a two-day score of 148. Like most of the Surry Knights, White got off to a slow start Friday with a five-over-par score of 77. He followed it up Saturday with a one-under-par 71 to finish as medalist, however, topping Daniel Rudolfsson of team champion Sandhills Community College by one stroke.
“We really got off to a rocky start. They notified me Wednesday afternoon the tournament was moved up to Friday and Saturday because of the weather they were expecting Sunday,” Surry Community College golf coach Tom Pendergraft said. “We couldn’t get the kids out of school Thursday for a practice round and the other teams did. We went into the forest blind on day one and I think our scores are reflected by that.”
White’s teammate and fellow sophomore McKinley Johnson finished third overall with a two-day score of 152. Johnson actually led White after firing a 76 on Friday, but followed it up with a 76 the following day.
“He and Chandler were two strokes apart on the 17th hole. Chandler bogied 17, which put him another stroke apart from McKinley, and both of them kind of blew the 18th hole,” Pendergraft said. “I wish both of them could have gotten medalist, but one of them won and I was pleased with both of them.”
As a team, the Knights finished second with a score of 626. Josiah Blevins carded a two-day score of 157, while Jesse Robertson finished with a 169. Sandhills earned the right to represent Region X at nationals with a team score of 620.
“We had an opportunity the last day of playing close with Patrick Henry, but it just wasn’t meant to be. I can’t say I am disappointed because the kids tried. I am pleased with their work,” Pendergraft said. “And Chandler, I think he has a good chance of winning this thing in Alabama. He just has to be on for four rounds, so time will tell.”
By virtue of his second consecutive regional title, White will now focus his attention on the NJCAA Division II Men’s Golf Championship in Scottsboro, Ala. from May 19-22 at the Goose Pond Colony Golf Course.
“It feels good to be going back. I felt like the first day I kind of hit the ball good, but I didn’t get up and down. My short game was hurting me and letting me down. I was putting pretty good, but I didn’t really get the greens down. I didn’t make a single birdie the first day,” White said. “I figured out I was playing too much break. On the second day I birdied the second hole, starting feeling good, had three or four looks within the first five holes, and birded six. I made a birdie on eight, a par-five, and once I did that I knew I was back in the ball game.”
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