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The SCGA adds three to the Hall of Fame

The South Carolina Golf Association’s Hall of Fame will grow by three new inductees next January.

Spartanburg’s Todd White, Greenville’s Sherri Turner and Columbia’s Charlie Rountree, III will join 73 other members when they are inducted into the Hall of Fame early next year.

As a Mid-Am Todd White was selected to be a member of the 2013 Walker Cup team.

Since graduating from Furman, White has played his way into the record book in the Palmetto State as well as nationally.

“It is a great honor and one you never expect,” said White. “You look at the men and women in the Hall of Fame and it is special to be in their company,” he said.

White has achieved so many honors and had so many winning performances it is hard to pick out one or two to highlight for him.

The Furman University grad was a Division I All-American in 1989 and built an exceptional golfing resume with his on course record earning SCGA and CGA Player of the Year honors.

As a mid-am White was chosen to be a member of the 2013 Walker Cup team and helped the USA win the matches.

“It would be pretty hard not to start with the Walker Cup. I can’t think of anything more significant than representing your country,” said White.

In 2015, White teamed up with Nathan Smith to become the first winners of the USGA Four-Ball National Championship.

“It is nice to know our names will always be the first ones on that trophy,” he said.

White and Nathan Smith teamed up to win the first USGA Four-Ball Championship in 2015.

White has competed in 35 USGA Championships including nine US Amateurs, nine Mid-Ams and the 1995 US Open.

As he soon will turn 55, White has continued to be a strong competitor in championships including recently leading the SCGA Mid-Am Four-Ball.

“When you have some success you occasionally allow yourself to think about an honor like this, but I never made being in the Hall of Fame a goal,” he said.

The numbers tell a story of the success White has enjoyed over a career that has spanned four decades.

“I guess I am most proud of being able to play at a high level and know how fortunate I have been to meet so many people and make so many great friends through the game,” he concluded.

Sherri Turner helped the 1976 Furman Lady Paladins win a national championship.

Turner was originally announced as a Hall of Fame inductee in 2020, but covid prevented the ceremony from taking place.

As a college golfer Turner helped the 1976 Lady Paladin team win the National Championship and in 1979 was named an All-American.

The Furman golfer from Greenville was a three-time champion on the LPGA Tour and in 1988 was honored as the LPGA Player of the Year.

Rountree is a past president of the SCGA and served for 20 years as a board member.

If something was happening or needed to happen to or for golf in South Carolina there is a very good chance Charlie Rountree, III was involved.

The son of 1978 Hall of Fame inductee Charles Rountree, Jr. Rountree, III has carried on his father’s legacy of championing junior golf.

A founding member of seven different organizations, he has facilitated the beginning and growth of numerous initiatives such as the South Carolina Junior Golf Association, South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, Monday After the Masters, The Bobby Chapman Junior Invitational, Can-Am Junior Matches, Tiger Golf Gathering and The Golf Ball.

When the PGA Tour’s Heritage was struggling to survive Rountree was instrumental in putting groups together to help rescuer the tournament and then as a member of the board of trustees helped the tournament flourish.

Charlie Rountree, III has devoted much of his life to furthering the game of golf not only in South Carolina, but also around the country through his work with the USGA Junior Golf Committee.

Rountree helped Heritage Executive Director Steve Wilmot secure the PGA Tour’s Heritage Classic on Hilton Head Island when the tournament lost its major sponsor. (GolfClub Photo)

The three newest members of the SCGA Hall of Fame will be honored during Golf Day ceremonies in Columbia on January 14, 2023.

South Carolina Golf Association Hall of Fame http://scgolf.org/golfers/sc-golf-hall-of-fame/

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