'A Good Week': Mitchum Claims Fourth CPGA Professional Title
Kelly Mitchum is back to dominating the Carolinas PGA Section major championships and has earned another berth in one the three PGA events to be held in the Carolinas in 2013.
Mitchum, a Southern Pines native and resident who is a lead instructor at Pinehurst Resort’s Golf Academy, shrugged off wet conditions and numerous rain delays to shoot an 11-under-par 65-68—133 and win the rain-shortened Carolinas PGA Professional Championship held at Daniel Island Club’s Beresford Creek Course in Charleston, S.C., Thursday. This is the fourth time Mitchum has won the championship.
The tournament was scheduled for 54 holes, but rain and unplayable conditions forced officials to shorten it to 36 holes. Some of the players had to complete their first rounds on Thursday morning.
Mitchum was fortunate in that he didn’t begin his first round until the second day and was able to complete the 65 before officials ruled the course unplayable at 6:45 p.m.
“I didn’t even go to the course the first day,” he said. “Having my family with me helped a lot during the time we had to wait.”
The win earned Mitchum $8,000 and assured him of being able to play in the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte, the Heritage at Hilton Head or the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro.
“From tee to green, this was as well as I’ve played in a long time,” Mitchum said. “I hit 17 greens in regulation in the first round and shot 65 despite having three bogeys. Overall, it was a good week.
“Golf is a crazy game. I struck it well this week, but it all comes down to making a few putts. It’s good to be back in the winner’s circle.”
Billy Anderson of Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington finished two strokes back in second with 67-68—135. Mike Townsend of Wilmington was at 138.
The top 10 players in the field also qualified for the National PGA Professional Championship in 2013, but Mitchum had already assured himself of that with a second-place finish in the event several weeks ago.
Two other local players earned berths in the national championship. Todd Camplin, the head professional at Pinehurst Resort’s No. 7 Course, shot 66-72—138 to tie for sixth.
Gus Ulrich, who heads the golf instruction school at the Pinewild Country Club, shot 70-69 and tied for eighth.
Will Morgan, an assistant at Pinehurst No. 7, and Chad Derusseau of Legacy Golf Links, shot 146 and tied for 37th. Rob Pilewski, the head professional at the Pinehurst No. 6 Course, opened with 69, but shot 80 the second day and tied for 55th with 149. Park Price of Southern Pines was also at 149, while Adam Kushner of the Country Cub of North Carolina tied for 79th with 153.
Mid-Am Qualifying: Daniel Neveu of Pinehurst shot 73 to lead a group of 35 players who qualified for the North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship during an event held at the Carolinas Trace Lake Course in Sanford.
Steven Dougherty of Pinehurst, Kevin Whitaker of West End, Phillip Simson of Raleigh and Jim Bohn of Cary tied for second with 75.
Nick Brown of Southern Pines shot 68 in the qualifier held at Jamestown Park Golf Course in Jamestown to tie for the top qualifying spot with Greg Earnhardt of Greensboro.
The Mid-Am is scheduled Sept. 14-16 at Benevue Country Club in Rocky Mount.
Senior Am: Bob Klug of Pinehurst shot 74 to tie for second in the Carolinas Senior Amateur qualifier held at the Carolina Trace Lake Course in Sanford as 27 players advanced to the championship which will be held at Forest Oaks Country Club in Greensboro Sept. 19-21.
Also advancing were Spike Smith of Pinehurst with 76, John Romaine of West End 78, Chuck Wilkins and Glen Subin of Pinehurst and Todd Turner of West End with 80.
Women’s Mid-Am: Angela Stewart of Greenville and Lea Venable of Simpsonville, S.C., shot 74 to earn co-medalist honors in the U.S. Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifying held at Legacy Golf Links Monday.
Also qualifying were Brenda Corrie Kuehn of Asheville and Kim Briele of New Bern with 76.
Jennifer Hjalmquist of Cary and Julie Streng of Greensboro are first and second alternates.
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