White started out on fire Thursday, posting birdies at No. 1 and 2 on the 7,094-yard par 72 layout. But he gave them back and more with a bogey at No. 3 and a double bogey at No. 5 before bogeying No. 9 to make the turn at 2-over.
The backside continued to be a roller coaster ride for White as he double bogeyed No. 11 and bogeyed No. 13 to go to 5-over. But he brought it back with birdies at No. 14 and 18 and a bogey at No. 17 to finish the day 4-over, seven strokes off the lead held by Sea Island’s Jack Hall at 69.
The 156-player field will be cut to the low 70 plus ties after today’s round. White is scheduled to start his second round on No. 10 at 8:20 a.m. today.
White — who finished runner-up at the Junior Georgia Championship last month in Columbus —finished low medalist during two high school tournament this year with scores of 68 and 67.