A native of Chicago who grew up in Memphis, TN, Orville White was a club professional at Sedgefield Country Club in Greensboro and at Forsyth Country Club in Winston-Salem. At the time of his Hall of Fame induction, he was golf professional emeritus at Midland Valley Country Club in Aiken, SC.
White was inducted into the South Carolina Golf Hall of Fame in 1984 and the Carolinas PGA Section Hall of Fame in 1985.
Described as “a big, rugged guy who was dynamite on the greens,” White won the Carolinas Open in 1938 and 1945, claimed the Carolinas PGA Section Championship in 1945 and took the South Carolina Open Championship three straight times from 1953-1955.
Outside the Carolinas, White played in five Masters and spent ten years on the pro tour. He won the Southeastern PGA and the Mid-South Open at Pinehurst. A fine teacher, his pupils included Clayton Heafner, Art Wall, Cary Middlecoff and Doug Ford.
At the time of his induction, White had been involved with the game, in some form, for over 65 years.
Orville White was inducted into the Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame in 1991