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White still up by 1 at Azalea

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White still up by 1 at Azalea

Todd White is the 36-hole leader in the Azalea Invitational. File/Grace Beahm

Todd White didn’t let a little weather delay affect his play Friday afternoon in the Azalea Invitational amateur golf tournament.

Nearby lightning strikes forced a 1 ½-hour stoppage of play at the Country Club of Charleston, but White managed to retain his position at the top of the leader board. The 2013 Walker Cup member from Spartanburg posted a 4-under-par 67and managed to keep a one-stroke lead. White is at 10-under-par 132 after 36 holes.

Andre Tourinho, a former University of Tulsa golfer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, posted the day’s best score, a 65, to climb into a tie for second at 133 with Mid-Amateur standout Patrick Christovich, a real estate salesman from New Orleans who shot 67. Clemson signee Bryson Nimmer of Bluffton is fourth at 135. Will Chandler of Atlanta, Jose Narro of Altamira, Mexico, and Rob Simmons of Beaufort are tied for fifth at 136.

Despite the lengthy weather delay that left players with as many as 11 holes to complete, all 110 participants were able to complete their rounds.

White, a former Furman standout and a high school history teacher, was 4-under-par for the day with five birdies and a bogey heading to the 12th hole when play was halted. He managed to remain at 4-under, despite rain and a sudden temperature drop. He birdied the par-5 15th, bogeyed the par-4 16th, narrowly missed a hole-in-one on the par-3 17th and bogeyed the par-4 18th.

“It’s fun to play good golf,” said White, who is hoping to earn another Walker Cup spot this year. “We’re only halfway through. There’s a long way to go. As little work as I’ve been able to put in, I’m pleasantly surprised. We’ll have to see what the next two days have in store.”

Christovich, who made it to the quarter-finals of the 2014 U.S. Mid-Amateur and has made match play in the event for the past three years, overcame a bogey on the first hole with seven birdies over the next 13 holes. Bogeys at 16 and 17 kept him for holding the lead.

Tourinho completed his round before the weather delay. He made seven birdies and one bogey, that coming on the club’s signature par-3 11th hole.

Tee times Saturday begin at 7:50 a.m. and continue until 1:14 p.m. The field will be cut to the low 60 and ties for Sunday’s final round.


Todd White, Spartanburg 65-67—132

Andre Tourinho, Rio de Janeiro 68-65—133

Patrick Christovich, New Orleans 66-67—133

Bryson Nimmer, Bluffton 67-68—135

Will Chandler, Atlanta 69-67—136

Jose Narro, Altamira, Mexico 68-68—136

Rob Simmons, Beaufort 68-68—136

Harry Ellis, Southampton, England 70-67—137

Cody Proveaux, Lexington 66-71—137

Nathan Smith, Pittsburgh, Pa. 68-69—137

Jonathan Hardee, Greer 69-69—138

Chris Selfridge, Toledo, Ohio 71-67—138

Andrew Orischak, Hilton Head 69-69—138

Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y. 69-69—138

Trace Crowe, Bluffton 69-70—139

William Mitchell, Roswell, Ga. 71-68—139

Patricio Alzamora, Peru 68-71—139

Mark Cusic, California, Md. 69-70—139

Caleb Proveaux, Lexington 70-69—139

Billy Kennerly, Alpharetta, Ga. 66-73—139

Michael Muehr, Potomac Falls, Va. 67-72—139

Will Gordon, Davidson, N.C. 73-67—140

Brennen King, Charleston 69-71—140

Zachary Bauchou, Forest, Va. 67-73—140

Will Miles, Hilton Head 73-67—140

Robbie Cannon, Dublin, Ireland 70-70—140

Garland Ferrell, Greenville 70-70—140

Brad Wilder, Fort Wright, Ky. 71-69—140

Ryan Abbate, Weston, Fla. 70-71—141

Nick Biesecker, Staunton, Va. 72-69—141

Will Grimmer, Cincinnati, Ohio 69-72—141

Jack Larkin, Atlanta 69-73—142

Greg Earnhardt, Greensboro, N.C. 71-71—142

Jorge Garcia, Miami 70-72—142

Chad Cox, Charlotte 70-72—142

John Augenstein, Owensboro, Ky. 73-69—142

Dan Falls, Gaithersburg, Md. 70-72—142

Dylan Healey, Franklin, Tenn. 71-71—142

Tye Waller, Griffin, Ga. 69-73—142

Grady Brame Jr., Hammond, La. 70-72—142

Corey Conners, Listowel, Ontario 69-73—142

Scott Harvey, Kernersville, N.C. 68-74—142

Keenan Huskey, Greenville 69-73—142

Steven Liebler, Irmo 70-73—143

Otto Black, Pinckney, Mich. 72-71—143

Phillip Knowles, Bradenton, Fla. 71-72—143

Jeff Knox, Augusta 68-75—143

Austin Langdale, Townville 73-70—143

Andrew McCain, Brisbane, Australia 73-70—143

Kris Mikkelsen, Atlanta 71-73—144

Edward Richardson, E. Sussex, Eng. 76-68—144

John Wright, Aurora, Ill. 69-75—144

Kyler Tate, Winter Garden, Fla. 72-72—144

Austin Connelly, Irving, Texas 68-76—144

John Engler, Augusta 69-75—144

Andrew Whalen, Evanston, Ill. 73-71—144

Kaito Noishi, Nagoa, Japan 71-73—144

Jack Larkin Jr., Atlanta 74-71—145

Paul Tucker, Waxhaw, N.C. 73-71—144

Blake Kennedy, Campobello 73-72—145

Gettys Glaze, Charleston 72-73—145

Tyler Joiner, Leesburg, Ga. 71-74—145

Pete DeTemple, California, Md. 72-73—145

Lee Palms, Greenville 77-69—146

Lawrence Largent, Kingsport, Tenn. 75-71—146

Brett Williams, Baldwin, Md. 70-76—146

Brian Westveer, Charlotte 71-75—146

Mike McCoy, W. Des Moines, Iowa 69-77—146

Brady Exber, Las Vegas 76-70—146

Jonathan Jackson, Chapel Hill, N.C. 70-76—146

Carter Thompson, Tallahassee, Fla. 71-75—146

Zac Smith, Palm Bea. Gardens, Fla. 72-75—147

Miller Capps, Denver, N.C. 70-77—147

Tyler Hitchner, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 71-76—147

Jamie Wilson, Mount Pleasant 72-75—147

Fred Stone, Charleston 69-78—147

Stephen Franken, Raleigh, N.C. 72-76—148

Michael Muscatell, Lake Wylie 74-74—148

James Kyles, Atlanta 71-77—148

Frank Ford III, Charleston 75-73—148

Gene Elliott, W. Des Moines, Iowa 74-74—148

Thomas Todd, Laurens 77-71—148

Jack Hall, Savannah 73-76—149

Chris Cassetta, Winston-Salem, N.C. 75-74—149

Ramiro Romo, Burlington, Wis. 76-73—149

Richard Hubbard, Daniel Island 77-73—150

John Finnin, Mokena, Ill. 74-76—150

T.A. Fulmer, Goose Creek 77-73—150

Logan Harrell, Huntersville, N.C. 73-77—150

Wil Sheppard, Mount Pleasant 75-76—151

Skip Berkmeyer, Wildwood, Mo. 76-75—151

Coleman Self, Greenwood 77-74—151

Cordes Ford, Charleston 73-78—151

James Fox, Dublin, Ireland 75-76—151

Danny Nelson, Savannah 71-80—151

Bill Williamson, Cincinnati, Ohio 72-80—152

Matthew Latham, Hampstead, N.C. 77-75—152

Grady Brame Sr., Hammond, La. 77-75—152

Rob Bovender, Mount Pleasant 78-75—153

Jake Corn, Rock Hill 79-74—153

Mike Smith, Nashville, Tenn. 76-77—153

Michael Connors, PB Gardens, Fla. 75-78—153

Randy Teegardin, Charleston 77-77—154

Luiz Jacintho, Orlando 77-78—155

Ethan Willis, Mount Pleasant 80-75—155

Jack Friedman, Charleston 82-74—156

Matt Williams, Calgary, Alberta 75-81—156

Wes Strang, Scottsdale, Ariz. 75-81—156

Roy Neal, Mount Pleasant 84-75—159

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