Mitchum Takes CPGA Assistant Title
Kelly Mitchum of Southern Pines claimed the title of the Carolinas PGA Assistant Championship held at The National Golf Club this week.
In Monday's opening round, the heat was blistering and so was Mitchum. After he posted a nine-under 63 to take a six-shot lead over two others, he returned to the par-72 Jack Nicklaus design Tuesday to shoot a consistent 35-35--70, to finish the two-day event with a 133 total (11-under). Cory Schneider of Powells Point made a late charge in his final nine holes to finish at 70-65--135 to finish second.
Mitchum picked up a check for $1,600 for his wire-to-wire win.
Mitchum, no stranger to the winner's circle, won this event 10 years ago, and since then has been a constant threat in Carolinas Section events, winning seven CPGA major titles, while being a four-time Bob Boyd Player of the Year recipient.
By winning, Mitchum qualified for the 2008 TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Assistant Championship, set for Oct. 30-Nov. 2 at The PGA Golf Club (Wanamaker Course) in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The facility will be hosting its 13th consecutive PGA Assistant Championship. Joining Mitchum as qualifiers for the national tournament are Cory Schneider, Blanton Tessin (Charlotte), Loren White (Beaufort), and Nate Olivo, who, like Mitchum, works for Pinehurst Resort.
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