Golf

Hilton Head High teacher White moves on to US Mid-Amateur quarterfinals

Bluffton's Patterson eliminated from match play in Chicago

info@islandpacket.comSeptember 12, 2012 

Todd White added another milestone to his amateur golf resume Tuesday, and in dramatic fashion.

The Hilton Head Island High School teacher made birdie on the final hole to defeat Kevin Wassmer and advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, held at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill.

White had not led the entire match before his final stroke. He advances to face Casey Boynes this morning for the right to advance to the afternoon semifinals.

A 36-hole final will be played Thursday.

Bluffton resident John Patterson, playing his first United States Golf Association event, reached the Round of 16 before losing 4 and 2 to two-time Mid-Am champion Tim Jackson.

Jackson is a veteran of the amateur circuit and has competed in the past four U.S. Senior Opens. He was only 1-up at the turn but won four consecutive holes to start the back nine and grab control of the match.

Patterson, a former professional golfer now working he major amateur events, finished top-five in the stroke play portion, won his opening match 1-up and Tuesday morning defeated Ryan Patrick 5 and 4 in the Round of 32 to advance to the afternoon match.

Jackson earned a spot in today's quarterfinal.

White, who finished runner-up in the 36-hole stroke play portion, defeated Mason Casper 4 and 3 Tuesday morning to advance to the afternoon's Round of 16. His opponent Wassmer, from Indiana, has qualified for more than 10 USGA events and is a 10-time Evansville City Champion.

White was 3-down through six holes but won three of the next four to square the match.

A former Spartanburg resident, White has qualified for three U.S. Amateur Championships and won the S.C. Match Play title three times. He was an all-conference golfer at Furman before playing professionally six years during the early 1990s. He also notched three top-10 finishes at the Players Amateur.

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