Nadine White opens play Friday in NCAA Championship

Nadine White
(ScarboroughPhotography.com)
Nadine White (ScarboroughPhotography.com)

NCAA Women's Golf Championship Central

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SUGAR GROVE, ILL. – For the third time in four years, Nadine White of Campbell University will participate in the NCAA Division I women's golf championship.

A senior from Brisbane, Australia, White earned an individual berth in the event, which starts Friday, by finishing in a tie for eighth place (73-73-72—218) May 8-10 at the NCAA Albuquerque Regional.  She participated in the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Championships when Campbell qualified as a team.

White will be one of 132 golfers competing in the stroke play championship at Rich Harvest Farms, located near Chicago.

The championship format consists of all 24 teams and 12 individuals completing 54 holes of stroke play.  The top 15 teams along with the top nine individuals not on an advancing team will advance for one additional day of stroke play to determine the top eight teams for match play competition and the 72-hole stroke play individual champion. The top eight teams then compete in match play for the championship.

White will be paired in Friday's first round with Julienne Soo of Oklahoma and Alex White of BYU and will start from the 10th tee at 8:25 a.m. CDT.  Live scoring will be available at Golfstat.com. Golf Channel will provide live coverage for the final three days of the championships May 22-24.

Both the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Golf Championships will be held at Rich Harvest Farms and hosted for the first time by Northern Illinois University. The women's championship will be held May 19-24, followed by the men's championship, May 26-31.

Named one of America's 100 greatest golf courses by Golf Digest Magazine, Rich Harvest Farms was the site of NCAA Men's Regionals in 2007 and 2014. In addition, the 2009 Solheim Cup, 2015 Palmer Cup and 2015 WGA Western Amateur were all played at Rich Harvest Farms.   The par-72 course will play to 6343 yards for the NCAA women's stroke play championship.

"The golf course is pristine, maybe one of the best-conditioned courses I've ever seen," said Campbell head coach John Crooks, who is in his 26th year in charge of the women's program.  "Every blade of grass has been cut and the greens are perfect. It's unlike anything Nadine has ever seen before. It's long, and it's going to force her to hit every shot in her bag. She really liked the greens, but it's a very difficult test.  It's going to depend on the weather. If the winds die, it's playable.  It's going to be hard, but she's ready."

White is only the second player in Big South Conference women's golf history to compete in three NCAA Championships. Becky Morgan of UNCG also played in a trio of NCAA finals before turning professional. She has won more than $2.5 million in career earnings since joining the LPGA tour in 2001.

Ranked as the No.-1 Amateur in Australia and No.-79 in the world, White became just the fifth player in Campbell women's golf history to compete in four NCAA regional championships.  She stands No.-123 nationally in the latest Golfstat Cup with a 73.44 stroke average (tops among Big South golfers).  White rates 17th in the country in putts on greens in regulation (1.846) and 31st in greens hit (.688).  She owns the school record for career scoring average (74.32) over 113 rounds and has 13 career top-10 finishes, including three victories.

White has led the Camels to Big South Championships three times in four years (2014, 2016-17), is a three-time Big South all-conference performer, and was the Big South golfer of the year in 2016.