Ap­proach game key for White

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

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

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.”

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Sherry White

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