White to step away from college golf
Monday, November 30, 2009
Allie White is expanding her horizons, and next spring, that won’t include college golf.
White, a sophomore at Ohio State who transferred from North Carolina after last year, has decided not to return to the team this spring. White, who made the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open this summer and also advanced to the Round of 16 at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, is ranked No. 19 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
Ohio State coach Therese Hession said White didn’t give her any specifics other than that she didn’t want to play college golf anymore.
“She’s still enrolled in school, which I’m really proud of her for wanting to get her degree,” Hession said.
White, an English major, said she might spend a semester spent studying abroad.
“I’m probably going to play some club sports and do some other stuff,” White said of her plans. “Absolutely has nothing to do with the program or anything like that. I wish all those kids the best. It’s a really good place – both North Carolina and Ohio State are just really, really good people. I’m just taking a break and that’s pretty much it.”
Don’t think White is giving up on the game completely, however. Her name might still turn up on a leaderboard in the future, just not a college one.
“I’m hoping to still play a bunch of amateur tournaments in the summer,” she said.
As for how Ohio State, No. 30 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings, Hession isn’t underestimating the rest of her team.
“This happened to us once before and we ended up finishing fourth in the country that year,” she said.
The Buckeyes’ best finish this fall was a T-2 at the Lady Northern Invitational Sept. 28.