Mitchell relishes last week as an amateur

Adam Mitchell is enjoying his last week as an amateur golfer at the 42nd Walker Cup. He will turn pro next week.

Adam Mitchell is enjoying his last week as an amateur golfer at the 42nd Walker Cup. He will turn pro next week.

ARDMORE, Pa. — Beginning next week, Adam Mitchell will embark on his new career as a professional golfer. On Oct. 8, he’ll play in the Nationwide Tour’s Chattanooga Classic, just before starting the first stage of this year’s PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament.

But right now, Mitchell, who completed his college career at Georgia this spring, is having the time of his life. As Mitchell put it, he’s “living the dream” along with his nine teammates who comprise this year’s U.S. Walker Cup squad.

They will take on Great Britain & Ireland on Saturday and Sunday in the 42nd Walker Cup at Merion Golf Club.

“These past few weeks, and this week in particular, have been absolutely amazing,” said Mitchell, who was among the first eight players named to the American team in early August. “It’s just been a total blast.

“What a great experience. I don’t think you could ask for anything better,” said Mitchell, a semifinalist at the 2008 U.S. Amateur. “This week (at Merion) has already been great, and it hasn’t really even started yet.”

The U.S. team, after a three-day practice session at Caves Valley Golf Club near Baltimore, arrived at Merion on Sunday afternoon. One of the day trips the team took since having arrived here was a tour of the National Constitution Center in downtown Philadelphia.

“That was pretty special,” Mitchell said. “You see all that history and realize it’s all about how the United States began. It really puts everything in perspective. It kind of makes you know what you’re playing for and what it means to represent your country.”

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