White claims Salt Lake City Open title by 4 strokes

first_imgE-mail: [email protected] If you didn’t know better, you’d have thought Henry White had lost the golf tournament when he bogeyed the par-3 18th hole at Bonneville Golf Course late Sunday afternoon.White didn’t stomp around or anything — he just looked so sad when his par putt trickled off and just slid by the hole.What made the bogey so disappointing was that it was the first bogey in two days of superb golf by White at the Burton Lumber Salt Lake City Open.All it really meant was that the 45-year-old Salt Lake professional won by only four shots instead of five over second-place finisher Brad Stone. White’s final-round 68 coupled with his 64 the previous day at Wingpointe, gave him a 132 total, while Stone shot 69 to finish at 136. Jimmy Blair was another shot back at 137, with Milan Swilor and Kim Thompson finishing at 138.While White has won numerous tournaments over the years, this wash is first at the Salt Lake City Open, which was known for years as the City Parks Open. He had won the Salt Lake City Amateur on the same Bonneville layout 23 years earlier.Sunday afternoon, White was in control the whole tournament and was never threatened.”Honestly, I’ve never played this well before in my life,” White said. “I’m having fun.”White credits much of his success to practicing what he preaches. He is the owner of the Henry White Performance Golf and Wellness Center in Salt Lake, which helps golfers and others stay in proper shape through physical therapy and weight training.”Hopefully, I’m doing what I’m teaching,” he said.Besides working at his Wellness Center at the Metro Sports Club in downtown Salt Lake, White also teaches lessons at Eaglewood Golf Course. Perhaps he can cut back a bit after cashing his $3,000 winner’s check.White started the day with a three-shot lead after his 8-under-round at Wingpointe the day before. He admitted he “was trying not to make mistakes,” which is what he did for the most part. He made two birdies on the front nine and three on the back before his final-hole bogey.He was a little concerned after being burned at Spanish Oaks earlier this year when he shot a first-round 63 and was told that no one could catch him as he finished his second round. Instead he was shocked to see Matt Johnson had shot a 64 and beaten him by one shot.”I just said, ‘hey, I’m going to do better.’ I wanted to push myself a little bit today,” he said.Stone, who turned 50 earlier this year, never got closer than three shots of White and fell back with a couple of uncharacteristic bogeys at 11 and 12 before picking up a pair of shots on the final two holes.Scott Clark claimed low amateur honors after defeating Dustin Pimmin a playoff after both players had shot 139, which put them in a tie for sixth with Mountain View pro Todd Meyer. Four other amateurs, Doug Bybee, Carl Jensen, Dan Horner and Sterling Clark tied at 140. Jensen’s 65 was the best score of the day. last_img read more