Todd White's best year in golf will be remembered with a signed flag, a picture with a former president and each of the mementos the United States Golf Association continued to send the victorious Walker Cup players throughout the year.
The event was the highlight of the year for the Hilton Head Island High School teacher, who will be recognized Saturday in Columbia as the S.C. Golf Association's Player of the Year for 2013.
"To have the opportunity to represent our country and be on the winning side and earn a point for our team, this just far exceeds any other year I've had in golf," White said.
This is the second consecutive year and the fourth time overall that White, a Spartanburg native now living in Colleton River Plantation, has won the SCGA's top award. He also won in 2004 and 2010.
The award is given based on a points system that rewards success at the state and national level.
Last year was a big one for White, highlighted by his selection to the U.S. Walker Cup team. He won his singles match in the bi-annual amateur matches against Great Britain and Ireland.
"Every team member signed a flag, so we had that to keep," White said. "We had little trinkets and mementos shipped to us, really, up until Christmas, almost. The greatest golfing event I've been a part of."
White also qualified for the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship and played in several national-level tournaments, including the Northeast Amateur, Jones Cup and Palmetto Amateur.
White will be recognized at an awards ceremony as part of SCGA Golf Day activities at Columbia Country Club.
As for 2014, the 46-year-old White said he will continue to play in national events and hopes to eventually match the year he just completed.
"I don't know if you can top it, but you can hope to duplicate it by making another Walker Cup team," he said.