After four successful years on the Hillsboro High School golf team, winning isn’t anything new for Alex White. White’s latest victory, however, is an entirely different kind of accomplishment.
The Hillsboro native and his compatriots from the Parkland College men’s golf team took home the National Junior College Athletics Association Division II National Championship on Friday, May 21, after beating out South Mountain Community College by two strokes.
The Cobras shot a 16-over par for the four-day tournament at Swan Lake Resort in Plymouth, IN and were the only team to shoot under 300 for all four rounds. Parkland had been to the national tournament seven other times since 1996, finishing as high as third in 2018, but had never won a national title.
Individually, White was in rare air as well, tying for 11th out of 115 golfers with a 5-over-par 293 and earning second team All-American honors. White’s teammates, Scott O’Brien and Jack Halstead were 13th and 15th, respectively, and also earned second team honors, while Corey Neville tied for seventh and was a first team All-American. To round out the dominance of the Cobras, fifth man Joel Petersson tied for 20th and was an NJCAA All-American honorable mention.
The national championship performance capped off a stellar year for White, who was also a member of the Mid-West Athletic Conference all-conference team after finishing third in the conference tournament behind teammates Neville and O’Brien.