NGA golfer remembers fallen friend while trying to reach biggest stage
Sunday, April 27, 2014 12:11 AM
James White was called to step up. He was not sure if he could.
Former Georgia Tech All-American and Byron Nelson Award winner James White is 17th in this year’s NGA Tour standings. If he does not qualify Monday for the Web.com Tour stop in Valdosta, Georgia, he will return to McCormick to play in the Savannah Lakes Village Classic. He finished fourth at Savannah Lakes last year.
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This was a different role from times before when it was simply his turn to hit off the first tee.
But White’s friend, former Harrison (Georgia) High School golf teammate Patrick Kenney, put his arm around him and said, “It will be OK when you walk up. God will be with you.”
Wearing a red, untucked Nike “Just Do It” T-shirt, White followed through.
The reason White — a former Georgia Tech All-American golfer and co-winner of the Byron Nelson Award -- was at Burnt Hickory Baptist Church in Powder Springs, Georgia, on Oct. 6, 2011, had nothing to do with his own dreams of reaching the PGA Tour.
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