Todd White, a former Hilton Head Island High teacher, cruised to a pair of easy victories Tuesday to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship at Vero Beach, Fla.
White, now teaching in Spartanburg, never trailed in either match. He began his day at John's Island Club with a 3 & 2 victory over Travis Woolf (Fort Worth, Texas), capitalizing on two bogeys by the Texan in a span of four holes midway through the round.
White also took control midway through his Round of 16 match against Kevin Van Rossum (Hartland, Wis.), playing the front nine at 4-under par on the way to a 4 & 3 romp. Leading 1-up through seven holes, White birdied No. 8 and won the next two as Van Rossum posted consecutive double bogeys.
A member of the 2013 U.S. Walker Cup team, White's victory at last spring's Azalea Invitational made him the first winner in 15 years from outside the junior or college ranks. The U.S. Mid-Amateur is open to amateurs age 25 or older.
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