Pinehurst’s Mitchum to honor Townsend, and raise money for his family at Wells Fargo Championship

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Michael Townsend is pictured with his family (l-r), son Spencer, wife Katherine and daughter Ana Kate.

As a lead instructor at the Pinehurst Golf Academy, Kelly Mitchum gives lessons every day trying to help guests and students improve at the game of golf.

Now, though, Mitchum would like to give something more through golf.

When Mitchum recently qualified for the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow, he took the spot that was originally earned by fellow PGA Professional Michael Townsend, who tragically died in a car accident last summer just eight days after winning the Carolinas PGA Section Championship.

Playing in Townsend’s place, Mitchum is hoping to raise money for the Michael Townsend Trust Fund, which benefits Townsend’s family – his wife Katherine and the couple’s two children, 3-year-old Spencer and 1-year-old Ana Kate.

Those interested in making donations may do so in one of several ways: by pledging a dollar amount for the number of birdies or pars made by Mitchum at the Wells Fargo, or with a one-time contribution.

The Wells Fargo Championship will be played May 2-8, 2016. Those interested in donating may contact the Pinehurst Resort Tournaments office at tournaments@pinehurst.com for more information.

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