Both of Georgia's Mitchells earn spots in Stadion
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Georgia's T.J. Mitchell and Keith Mitchell share a last name (but no relation). Now they'll share a place in the field of next week's stop on the Web.com Tour. The Stadion Classic at UGA, which will be played May 2-5 at the UGA Golf Course in Athens, Ga., offers sponsor exemptions to the two Bulldogs with the team's lowest scoring averages.
Russell Henley used one of those exemptions to win the 2011 Stadion and become just the second amateur to win on the Web.com Tour.
T.J. Mitchell, a senior from Albany, Ga., leads the Bulldogs with a scoring average of 72.07. The Bulldogs’ team captain for the second straight year, Mitchell opened the season with a second-place finish in the Carpet Capital Collegiate Classic. He has four additional top-10s this season.
“I am thankful for the chance to play in the Stadion Classic,” T.J. Mitchell said. “Watching Russell, Harris (English), Nick (Reach) and Brian (Harman) the last few years and then talking to them afterward, I could tell that it meant the world to them to have a chance like that. We all have aspirations to be professional golfers, and this lets us see how we stack up against some of the best players in the world. I can’t wait. I am extremely excited about this opportunity.”
Keith Mitchell, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., ranks second on the team in scoring average, at 72.29. He tied for medalist honors in the Bulldog Battle at Mountain Lake and has been in the top 10 in three other tournaments this season.
Henley and English played the Stadion in 2010 and 2011, and Brian Carter and Nicholas Reach qualified in 2012. Keith Mitchell edged Reach by nine shots for a berth this season.
“The Stadion Classic has created a situation that showcases the Georgia program, and that means a lot to us,” Keith Mitchell said. “There’s a buzz among the guys during the year knowing that these two spots are out there for us if we play well enough. Now that we’re there, I could not be happier to be one of the players who made it. We’ve got a golden opportunity in front of us, and it’s up to us to soak it all in next week.”