CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Nitro High School golfer T.J. White shifted his weight, which resulted in a shift in his success.
With that, he'll be shooting for a spot in the State Tournament today when the Class AAA Region 4 Championships are contested at the Sleepy Hollow Golf Club in Hurricane.
All but one of the state's 12 regions are in action today seeking spots at the State Tournament on Oct. 2-3 at Oglebay Park's Robert Trent Jones course in Wheeling.
The Class AA Region 1 Championships are scheduled for Tuesday at Greenhills Country Club in Ravenswood.
As for Region 4, White is among the favorites for one of two at-large spots. The top two teams and top two individuals not on those teams earn a berth to states.
The region is made up of Cabell Midland, Huntington, Lincoln County, Logan, Nitro, Point Pleasant, Spring Valley, St. Albans and Winfield.
White has ascended the ranks of Kanawha Valley golfers this season as a result of a simple change prior to the start of the high school season on July 31.
"I had a busy summer working with (PGA Professional) Justin (Beard)," White said. "The week before the high school season started, I changed my swing. It was a weight-shifting thing. The biggest change I ever made. I had that swing for two days before I shot even at Sandy Brae."
White shot a 70 in the Kanawha County Championships, a 73 at the Mountain State Athletic Conference Championships and a 75 in the Capital City Classic - three of the season's major events.
To illustrate his improvement, White said his 70 at the county event featured 34 putts and only two fairways hit. He made up for it by hitting all but one green in regulation.
White has eliminated the inconsistency that plagued him during much of his prep career through the change in his swing that involves every club except the putter.
"This is my last chance (being a senior)," White said. "I had a really bad summer for Top-Flite, and I'm trying to make up for that with high school. Making it to states would make up for my bad summer."
There are seven players at the Region 4 championships who competed in last year's State Tournament - four from Logan and three from Cabell Midland.
The Wildcats finished eighth in the State Tournament last year, but return J.C. Motes, Eric Burnette, Chase Preston and Samuel Corns. They were Region 3 runners-up last year before being moved to Region 4 this season.
Cabell Midland, the Region 4 runner-up last year, returns Seth Kinker, Mark Wilcox and Jacob Beahrs.