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Approach game key for White at amateur

Stratford resident concentrating on a shot at a time, not tying Island record


Published on July 14, 2017

Sherry White putts Friday morning at the Atlantic Golf Championship at the Fox Meadow Golf Club.

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STRATFORD, P.E.I. – Course management will be the key for Sherry White as she looks to repeat as P.E.I. women’s golf champ.

The three-round Cooke Insurance Amateur Golf Championship starts this morning at the Stanhope Golf Course.

“You’ve got to know where the pins are when you hit your tee shots (and) where you want to be to approach the green (from),” White said Thursday afternoon.

She said there are times to take the risks and times to play smart.

White struggled with the putter at the opening event of the player of the year series at Avondale, but bounced back to win the next weekend at Mill River. She’s been able to keep the ball rolling, heading into the amateur.

“I’ve been very happy with my game,” White said. “My index has dropped this year, which I’m happy about, but there’s a lot of stiff competition this year (at the amateur). It’s going to be a good battle.”

The Stratford resident has won four of the last five amateurs and nine overall. She can tie Lorie Kane with a victory this weekend for the lead with 10 amateur titles.

While aware of the situation, White said she’s not thinking about that and just wants to go out, play well, enjoy the golf and see where her score has her after the three rounds. She said approaching it shot by shot and staying in the moment are also keys for her.

The amateur carries a lot of prestige among the Island’s top golfers. It is also worth twice as many points in the player of the year series and will determine P.E.I.’s contingent for the Atlantic championships in New Brunswick in August.

“This is the certainly the most prestigious title to have on the Island. This is always the one that people want to win in my mind,” White said. “That’s what you strive for – to win the P.E.I. amateur.”

Looking back

A look at some recent Prince Edward Island Golf Association women's amateur title winners:

2016   Sherry White

2015   Julia Henderson

2014   Sherry White

2013   Sherry White

2012   Sherry White

2011   Angela Drane

2010   Sherry White

2009   Morgan Bell

2008   Angela Drane

2007   Heather Fudge

2006   Chris MacLauchlan

2005   Morgan Bell

2004   Sherry White

2003   Sherry White

2002   Sherry White

2001   Cherie Hansen

2000   Sherry White