After a tough first round Monday at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Tulsa, Okla., the former Harrison High School standout and current Georgia Tech sophomore dropped his score in Tuesday's second round with a 2-over 72, giving him a two-day tally of 148.
White is tied for 61st and is one of 27 golfers who will be in a playoff today for four vacant spots. The top 64 players qualifies for match play, which begins today and runs through Sunday at Southern Hills Country Club.
Tim Jackson became the oldest player in U.S. Amateur tournament history to lead after stroke play, despite getting a stroke penalty for slow play. The 50-year-old from Germantown, Tenn., posted a second-round 72 to put him at even-par 140 for the tournament.
Ben Martin of Greenwood, S.C., Will Strickler of Gainesville, Fla., and Mark Anderson of Beaufort, S.C., are each one stroke behind Jackson.
White had the consistency that evaded him Monday in his second round Tuesday. Staring on the 10th hole, he opened with a bogey before parring the next eight holes. After making the turn at 1 over, White added two more bogeys before his only birdie of the day at No. 9 put him into the playoff.
White's chances of extending his stay in Tulsa looked to be in jeopardy early in the first round Monday when he made four bogeys on his front nine, but he improved to finish with a 76.
Kennesaw State golfer Matt Nagy improved his score in the second round, but it wasn't enough for him to qualify. The KSU junior finished with a 76 after shooting 77 in the first round.
Also starting on No. 10, Nagy bogeyed twice in his first four holes. A birdie on 15 was then offset by another bogey on 16. He added three more bogeys on the front nine, totaling seven for the second round.