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July 9, 2014

Chatsworth's Mitchell picks up confidence-boosting victory

Two good rounds of golf and a tournament victory secured some momentum for Chatsworth’s Tyler Mitchell as he prepares for this week’s Georgia Amateur Championship.

Mitchell put together back-to-back rounds of 3-under-par 69 to win the Championship at Berkeley Hills Country Club, a 36-hole Georgia PGA tournament played Monday and Tuesday in Duluth.

A Chatsworth resident who plays at Dalton Golf and Country Club, Mitchell bested Berkeley Hills member Matt Luckett by a stroke. Luckett opened with a 69 and shot a 70 on Tuesday.

“I played great,” Mitchell said. “I lost my focus toward the end of the round (on Monday), but I learned from my mistakes and tried to not let that happen today. I shot 1 over on the front nine and birdied 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15.”

The 129-player field at Berkeley Hills included both amateurs and professionals, but Mitchell’s consistency topped them all.

“Everything was going pretty well (Monday),” he said. “I made a lot of good putts today. I didn’t really have many long ones.”

Mitchell is among the 144 players set to tee off Thursday at Macon’s Idle Hour Club for the Georgia State Golf Association’s Georgia Amateur Championship, a 72-hole tournament.

Mitchell called Tuesday’s win a “big boost of confidence” for that event.

“The hard work’s finally playing off,” he said.

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