Approach game key for White
Stratford resident concentrating on a shot at a time, not tying Island record
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.”