White wins Azalea Championship

White Azalea swingfbIf anyone thought Todd White’s amateur career had peaked with his selection to the last Walker Cup team, they would be wrong.

The 47 year old golf coach at Spartanburg High School showed he is still a factor in amateur golf with a wire to wire win at the prestigious Azalea Invitational played at the Country Club of Charleston.

“To be honest with you, I wasn’t thinking anything about another Walker Cup team,” said White. “I was in the moment thinking only about how I could win this tournament,” he said.

White opened the tournament with a 6-under par 65 to hold a one shot lead over an outstanding field. The Azalea invites top college golfers, amateurs and players from around the world.

It was one of those international players that proved to be White’s biggest competition. Andre Tourinho of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil caught White at the end of the third round.

Both golfers started the final round tied at 12-under par. In the final round White got off to a quick start and birdied three of the first five holes.

“I was trying to play the way I had in the past. I wasn’t trying to hit perfect shots, I just wanted to hit smart shots and I had a good day off the tee,” said White.

Tourinho carded a double bogey in the round and fell back of White as they played the final holes, The former SCGA player of the year shot a final round 3-under 68 to win the tournament by two shots over Tourinho.

“When you shoot 15-under at Charleston you know you had a good week putting and I rolled the ball really well all week,” he said.

While White has won his share of events including a spot on the last Walker Cup team, the win at the Azalea may have been his biggest amateur victory. “I know as a native South Carolinian it is a great honor to win this important tournament especially at the Country Club of Charleston which has meant so much to golf in our state and the country,” he said.

White will next tee it up with his partner Nathan Smith in the USGA Four-Ball championship played at Olympic Cub in San Francisco.

Spartanburg's Todd White won the 2015 Azalea Invitational at The Country Club of Charleston

Spartanburg’s Todd White won the 2015 Azalea Invitational at The Country Club of Charleston

Between now and then he is hoping he can help guide his Viking golf team into the state AAAA tournament next month at Furman.

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