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White holds fast at tough Carmel in Charlotte City Amateur

By Tim Donelli By Tim Donelli
Correspondent Correspondent

Eighteen-year-old Peyton White calls it “young-kid nerves,” and it’s working.

After carding a Friday-low 7-under-par 64 and a two-stroke first-round lead at Cedarwood Country Club, White followed that effort up with a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday at Carmel Country Club to stay atop the leaderboard in the 2014 Charlotte City Amateur golf tournament.

The tournament is now paired down to 24 golfers for Sunday’s final round to be played at the prestigious Quail Hollow Country Club. White will look for a wire-to-wire tournament victory Sunday where the youngster will start with a one-stroke lead after a two-round total of 137. He has played the Quail Hollow course once before, as a 15-year old.

Several older and more-experienced golfers are right on White’s tail however, and are sure to put the pressure on in Sunday’s final round. They include four-time tournament winner Joe Jaspers, who carded a 1-under 71 Saturday for a two-round total of 138. Also one shot back at 138 are Chase Sargent and Andy Simmons.

Right behind the leaders is 2011 winner Brett Boner at 140, and 2012 winner John Eades at 141. Last year’s winner, Philip Oweida, is seven back at 144.

Saturday’s 42 golfers lamented how tough the Carmel Country Club course played out. There were only five scores under par and just three at even par.

White talked about his early success in the tournament and how he’s been able to manage his emotions at such a young age. “What they always say is that we have young-kid nerves,” said White. “We go after shots and are not so much worried about the downfall of hitting a bad shot. The goal is to look at the shot and not where you might hit it, but play it to where you want it to go.”

Sargent, who works for the Golf Channel and is a Virginia Commonwealth graduate, tore up the front nine Saturday with a blistering 30. He faltered a bit on the back nine, but still tied Barry Dyche for Saturday’s best second-round score of 3-under 69 to place him one back of White. Sargent’s Saturday round included an eagle and four birdies.

“I got off to quick start on the front nine and really didn’t miss a shot,” said Sargent. “I’ve never played this course before, and on the back nine a couple of tee shots didn’t fit my eye. I was second guessing myself a little bit, but was able to scramble and grind out the back nine.”

Eighteen-year old Peyton White calls it “young-kid nerves,” and it’s working. After carding a Friday-low 7-under-par 64 and a two-stroke first-round lead at Cedarwood Country Club, White followed that effort up with a 1-over-par 73 on Saturday at Carmel Country Club to stay atop the leaderboard in the 2014 Charlotte City Amateur golf tournament.

The tournament is now paired down to 24 golfers for Sunday’s final round to be played at the prestigious Quail Hollow Country Club. White will look for a wire-to-wire tournament victory Sunday where the youngster will start with a one-stroke lead after a two-round total of 137. He has played the Quail Hollow course once before, as a 15-year old.

Several older and more-experienced golfers are right on White’s tail however, and are sure to put the pressure on in Sunday’s final round. They include four-time tournament winner Joe Jaspers, who carded a 1-under 71 Saturday for a two-round total of 138. Also one shot back at 138 are Chase Sargent and Andy Simmons.

Right behind the leaders is 2011 winner Brett Boner at 140, and 2012 winner John Eades at 141. Last year’s winner, Philip Oweida, is seven back at 144.

Saturday’s 42 golfers lamented how tough the Carmel Country Club course played out. There were only five scores under par and just three at even par.

White talked about his early success in the tournament and how he’s been able to manage his emotions at such a young age. “What they always say is that we have young-kid nerves,” said White. “We go after shots and are not so much worried about the downfall of hitting a bad shot. The goal is to look at the shot and not where you might hit it, but play it to where you want it to go.”

Sargent, who works for the Golf Channel and is a Virginia Commonwealth graduate, tore up the front nine Saturday with a blistering 30. He faltered a bit on the back nine, but still tied Barry Dyche for Saturday’s best second-round score of three-under par 69 to place him one back of White. Sargent’s Saturday round included an eagle and four birdies.

“I got off to quick start on the front nine and really didn’t miss a shot,” said Sargent. “I’ve never played this course before, and on the back nine a couple of tee shots didn’t fit my eye. I was second guessing myself a little bit, but was able to scramble and grind out the back nine.”

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