Nov. 22, 2011
El Paso, Texas – Georgia Tech’s James White shot a 2-under-par 69 Tuesday in the final round and finished in fourth place at the Western Refining All-American Golf Classic. The event is comprised of 27 of the nation’s top golfers, including seven of the world’s top 11 amateurs.
White completed 54 holes with a score of 211, 5-under-par including rounds of 69 and 71 Monday. He was two strokes off the lead shared by three players – San Diego State’s Todd Baek (67 Tuesday), Missouri’s Jace Long (69), Alabama’s Cory Whitsett (68).
The senior from Acworth, Ga., began the day at 3-under-par and three shots off the lead of Texas’ Dylan Fritelli, the 36-hole leader who shot 75 Tuesday and tied for fifth. But the trio of medalists matched White’s performance, which included six birdies and four bogeys Tuesday.
“I felt if I didn’t make many mistakes, I would make enough birdies today to at least have a chance,” said White. I made six birdies, but just made too many bogeys. I had to birdie my last four holes to be in the playoff, and I birdies 15 and 16, but missed short birdie putts at 17 and 18.”
White, ranked 58th in the nation among college players, beat six players ranked ahead of him in the Golfstat rankings. Baek is ranked 27th, while Long is 81st and is Whitsett 85th.
“All in all, it was a great week, and helped me build confidence heading into the spring,” White said.
Tech opens its spring season Feb. 1 at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawai’i.