Pinehurst Resort’s Kelly Mitchum Earns Another Trip To The PGA Championship
Mitchum finishes second at PGA National Championship to reach the major championship for the fourth time
SEASIDE, Calif. – He’s in.
With his wife Maria and son and daughter watching from the friendly confines of the Pinehurst Resort Club, Kelly Mitchum put the finishing touches on a brilliant week of golf on Wednesday to qualify for the PGA Championship for the fourth time in the last nine years.
Mitchum fired a 71 to finish at 5 under and in a tie for second at the 45th PGA Professional National Championship, punching his ticket for golf’s fourth major championship of the season, which will be played at The Ocean Course at Kiawah, S.C. from August 9-12.
Making his first trip to the PGA Championship since consecutive appearances from 2004-2006, Mitchum finished eight strokes back of winner Matt Dobyns, who shot 70 to finish at 13 under to win the national championship in his first appearance. Rod Perry had a 69 to tie Mitchum at 5 under.
As his family and several of Pinehurst Resort’s fellow golf professionals watched the Golf Channel broadcast on a television located inside the clubhouse – merely a soft pitch from Pinehurst No. 2’s 18th green — Mitchum had two birdies and two bogeys on the front nine to make the turn even for the day. He made a birdie on 11 and another on the par-5 finishing hole around a bogey to climb to second place.
Mitchum is no stranger to contending at the national championship. A lead instructor and Class A member of the PGA of America, he has played professionally on the Nike Tour, the Canadian Tour and various mini-tours. His most recent accolades include winning the 2004 and 2006 Carolinas’ PGA Section Championships, 2003 and 2005 South Carolina Opens and the Carolinas’ Section Player of the Year honors for 2000, 2004 and 2005. Over the past three years Mitchum has played in 10 PGA Tour events, as well as the three PGA Championships.
Fellow Pinehurst pro Todd Camplin, who made the national championship cut for the second straight year and earned a berth in the PGA Championship a year ago, shot 76 on Wednesday to finish the tournament in a tie for 64th.
The PGA Professional National Championship is for golf club professionals and teachers who are members of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America. It has been held by the PGA of America since 1968. The PGA Professional National Championship is usually been played in late June, six to seven weeks before the PGA Championship.