Mitchells Earn Bulldogs' Spots In Stadion Classic At UGA Field



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April 22, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia golfers T.J. Mitchell and Keith Mitchell have earned two of the four sponsor’s exemptions to participate in the Web.com Tour’s Stadion Classic at UGA next week at the UGA Golf Course.

The Stadion Classic at UGA will be played May 2-5 at the UGA Golf Course.

After playing a full regular season and the Southeastern Conference Championship, the Mitchells (who are unrelated) finished with the lowest scoring averages among the Bulldogs. The Stadion Classic at UGA awards two sponsor’s exemptions every year for current Georgia players.

In 2011, Russell Henley earned one of the exemptions and ultimately won the Stadion Classic at UGA, becoming then just the second amateur golfer ever to win a Web.com Tour event.

T.J. Mitchell, a senior captain 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-10 efforts this season.

Keith Mitchell, a junior from Chattanooga, Tenn., ranks second with a scoring average of 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.

Previous participants for the Bulldogs were Henley and Harris English in 2010 and 2011 and Brian Carter and Nicholas Reach in 2012. Keith Mitchell edged Reach by nine shots for a berth this season.

“I am thankful for the chance to play in the Stadion Classic,” T.J. Mitchell said. “Watching Russell, Harris, Nick and Brian 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.”

“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.”

“T.J. and Keith have worked hard to get to this point, and we’re all very proud of them,” Georgia coach Chris Haack said. “As two of our oldest guys, they’ve been leaders both on and off the golf course. Being put in this environment for a week will be great for them. And it’s not just the rounds of golf. They get to pick the brains of the pros and the caddies to find out what this career is like. I want them appreciate and enjoy every minute of it.”

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