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White claims second New Salisbury Invitational

White claims second New Salisbury Invitational
White claims second New Salisbury Invitational
Jason White chips toward the pin on No. 18 as he closed out his second title. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

New Salisbury Golf Course manager John Black joked at the end of tournament play Sunday that he pondered turning the New Salisbury Invitational into a fishing tournament after several inches of rain dampened the course during the week.
Fortunately, the fishing rods were left home and the golf clubs were put to use for the two-day tournament. Jason White of Louisville ran away with a four-stroke victory over defending champion Matt Bruce. White compiled a 5-under par 135 to take the event.
‘I got off to a really good start,’ White said. ‘I birdied one and two out of the chute. I then got ahead of myself and half bladed on No. 3 and bogeyed it.’
The quick run put White a couple strokes ahead of challengers in the final group.
‘I had to kind of chill and then I birdied four of the next nine holes,’ he said. ‘When we got to No. 13, we had to wait and it took my rhythm away. I struggled coming in.’
White finished the front nine with a 32. Jared Arledge was a threat on the front side. He was two back after carding a 33 on the front side. Bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 dropped Arledge back. He eventually finished fourth with an overall even-par score of 140. Matt Reynolds finished also with a 140 and took third place.
Bruce fell back on the front nine Sunday, carding a 37. On the second turn around, Bruce recorded two birdies, rallying for a second-place finish with a 1-under par 139.
White coaches the boys’ golf team at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville. He also won the New Salisbury Invitational in 2003. This was his first return to the event.
‘Unfortunately, my schedule hasn’t worked out for me to play here until this year,’ White said. ‘I always love coming here. I enjoy the small-town feel. Even though it was six years ago, everyone was asking how I was doing and how many kids I had now. It was surprising everyone remembered.’
With three children, the Louisville resident continues to play tournaments in the Louisville area.
Tony Garrett won the first flight with a score of 151.
Championship flight ‘ 1. J. White 68-67-135, 2. M. Bruce 68-71-139, 3. M. Reynolds 68-72-140, 4. J. Arledge 69-71-140, 5. C. Smith 71-72-143, 6. A. Reed 73-71-144, 7. K. Mattingly 72-74-146, 8. D. Beckovich 75-72-147, 9. T. Moore 73-80-153, 10. M. Rigot 75-78-153, 11. D. VanWinkle 75-WD.
First flight ‘ 1. T. Garrett 78-73-151, 2. R. Schulz 77-75-152, 3. T. Coffman 80-74-154, 4. J.W. Moore 77-77-154, 5. L.C. Nash 76-78-154, 6. B. Morris 80-75-155, 7. M. Jones 80-77-157.
Second flight ‘ 1. J. Taylor 81-76-157, 2. J. Hinton 81-79-160, 3. Jeff Schmidt 83-78-161, 4. K. Gholson 81-81-162, 5. S. Boone 82-84-166, 6. J. McCleese 83-84-167, 7. J. Uhl 82-85-167.
Third flight ‘ 1. T. Beavers Jr. 84-80-164, 2. S. Decker 85-83-168, 3. Joe Hinton 85-84-169, 4. L. Long 88-83-171, 5. K. Bickett 85-88-173, 6. B. Trevree 85-90-175, 7. H. Shafer 84-91-175.
Fourth flight ‘ 1. C. Biggs 91-83-174, 2. T. Gowers 90-90-180, 3. K. Decker 91-92-183, 4. L. Jones 90-94-184, 5. L. Briscoe 97-88-185, 6. J. Tuell 97-88-185, 7. K. Lance 94-97-191.