While Pinehurst No. 9 Head Golf Professional Matt Vick wasn’t able to make the first cut at the PGA Professional Championship on Monday at Sunriver Resort, fellow Pinehurst Golf Professional Kelly Mitchum remains in the hunt.
Mitchum, who has played in four PGA Championships, made the first cut of low 90 players and ties on the number, and begins his third round at 10:05 a.m. Pacific. Mitchum, at 3 over, will need to be in the Top 70 after Tuesday’s third round to survive the next cut, and must be in the Top 20 following Wednesday’s fourth round to return to the PGA Championship, which is being played this year at nearby Quail Hollow.
Despite being over par, Mitchum isn’t that far away from the PGA cut line. Mitchum, though, will need to play well, but even par currently stands tied for 24th in the championship.
Of course, we’re rooting for Mitchum to make it back to the PGA Championship and cut into his time as one of the lead instructors at the Pinehurst Golf Academy. Besides, if Mitchum gets into the field, there’s always a chance the national broadcast will feature this:
The PGA Professional Championship enjoys its 50th anniversary this year and boasts quite a history at Pinehurst, where it was played on Pinehhurst No. 2 from 1971-74 and in 1988, and in 1997-98 on Pinehurst No. 8. Sam Snead won the event on No. 2 in 1971.