Senior Peyton White (Huntersville, N.C.) won the 2017 Mission Inn Spring Spectacular with a score of 215 (-1) at the El Campeon Course of the Mission Inn Golf Resort in Howey-In-The-Hills, Fla. -- his first collegiate victory. White helped the Ohio men's golf team place fifth with a total team score of 901 (+37).
March 19, 2017
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HOWEY-IN-THE-HILLS, Fla. -- One year ago at the Mission Inn Spring Spectacular, Ohio men's golfer Peyton White (Huntersville, N.C.) was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard.
On Sunday (March 19), the senior Bobcat won the event with a score of 215 (-1) at the El Campeon Course of the Mission Inn Golf Resort -- his first collegiate victory. White totaled rounds of 72 (E), 70 (-2) and 73 (+1) en route to the first-place finish. He edged TCU sophomore Triston Fisher, who tallied a 216 (E), and George Washington redshirt junior Christian Cichan, who logged a 217 (+1). He became the first Bobcat to earn individual medalist honors since then-junior Mark Cimarolli won the Big East/MAC Challenge in 2005.
"The best feeling was getting off the green at 18 and all my boys were right there," said White. "Everybody was super excited. We had every parent there this week. We had about 13 or 14 members of my family there, so it was sweet to be able to do that in front of all of them. My mom and dad were there, and they hadn't seen me win before. You just see all that's on the line, and you just know that your boys are going to be super proud of you. They were really supportive. We're a team. Technically, we're competing against each other and competing as a team, but it's really everybody rooting for our teammates. It was pretty cool."
White tallied 37 pars and finished the event shooting -6 on the par 5s, which tied for the tournament lead. He put himself in position to win the event with a strong opening day on Saturday (March 18).
"Yesterday, I was just trying to make sure that I kept everything around par, making sure that I put myself in a position to have a chance today," said White. "I took a little bit more of a conservative approach. Birdieing the last hole yesterday was huge for momentum. This is one of the tougher courses that we play. It's windy out there. It's pretty long. If you make an errant swing, there's a good chance you make double because there's so much water and palmetto bushes. Being one back was exactly where I wanted to be. In my opinion, that's a pretty good spot to be in because you're more in a chasing mentality was opposed to a conservative mentality where you're trying to protect the lead."
After placing second in Ohio's last event at the Frontier Secure Intercollegiate (Feb. 27-28), White seized his opportunity for a win on Sunday.
"Last time out, I ended up coming in second. I had a a really good chance down the stretch and ended up bogeying my last two holes to lose by two. This week was a little different. It was more of a shootout last time, where I knew this week was going to be more of who could make the most pars. I felt pretty confident going into today. I was excited be out there having the chance to win again. At the end of the day, if you have a chance coming down the stretch, that's all you can ask for. My mentality today was to get through the first six or seven holes and check the scoreboard. I could tell the scores were going to be a little bit higher. The kid I was playing with had a three-shot lead with seven to go, and he actually ended up stumbling a little bit. I stayed pretty solid all day. Going into the last hole, I had about a 15-footer for birdie, checked the scores and realized that all I needed to do was two-putt. That was an incredible feeling to go up there and have 15 feet and two putts to win it."
White's performance helped Ohio place fifth with a total team score of 901 (+37). After shooting rounds of 296 (+8) and 302 (+14) on Saturday, the Bobcats combined for a final-round 303 (+15). Ohio shot -2 on the par 5s, which tied for third in the field. The Bobcats tallied 35 birdies -- good for fourth in the field.
TCU earned the team championship with an 875 (+11).
Sophomore Ben Sattler (Liberty Township, Ohio) fired a final-round 76 (+4) to help him tie for 28th with a 228 (+12). He totaled rounds of 77 (+5) and 75 (+3) on the first day of action.
Senior Ty Herriott (Brandywine, Md.) finished in a tie for 34th with a score of 229 (+13). He carded round scores of 74 (+2), 80 (+8) and 75 (+3).
Junior Grant Engel (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tied for 60th with a 237 (+21) after recording rounds of 73 (+1), 77 (+5) and 87 (+15).
Senior Tom Nettles (McMurray, Pa.) rounded out the field for the Bobcats with a 241 (+25), placing him in a tie for 78th. He shot rounds of 79 (+7), 83 (+11) and 79 (+7).
The Mission Inn Spring Spectacular marked Ohio's lone event in the month of March. The Bobcats will compete in the Redhawk Invitational April 3-4 in Chambers Bay, Wash.