Cassville's Evan White signs with college
Cassville's Evan White inked a national letter of intent to play golf for Kansas City Community College in Kansas City, Kan., on Friday.
"It feels great, like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders," said White. "Golf has always been a very relaxing and challenging sport for me. I am lucky to have the opportunity to continue to play a game I love in college."
White began golfing when he was in sixth grade. During his tenure on the Wildcats' golf squad he has been named twice to the Big 8 All-Conference, All-District honoree first teams and is a two-time state tournament qualifier.
"My uncle, Dustin Lee, and Kevin Roller, volunteer assistant golf coach, have been my biggest mentors," said White. "They have been willing to teach and have had patience with me as I have progressed in the sport. I couldn't have made it this far without their help."
White chose Kansas City Community College because of its small town atmosphere.
"The campus and community remind me a lot of Cassville," said White. "I felt comfortable while there, and that was an important factor for me."
White has been the cornerstone of Wildcats' golf for four years.
"Evan has meant everything to our program the last four seasons," said Cassville golf coach Lance Parnell. "He is a great kid on and off the course. He has a great work ethic and has always been coachable."
Parnell stated that during White's first golfing season at Cassville he demonstrated his character.
"We were in a tournament his freshman year," said Parnell. "Evan called a two-stroke penalty on himself. No one saw him commit the infraction, but because of his integrity and respect for the game, he assessed the penalty. He is a solid kid."
Upon graduation at the community college, White plans to transfer to Missouri Southern. He is undecided on a major.
"My advice to anyone thinking about playing golf is to have fun," said White. "I have always been told not to worry about the shot you just hit and focus on the one you are about to hit."
White is the son of Eric and Amy White.