Billy Mitchell low amateur at U.S. Senior Open
Of the 34 amateurs who started the week – the most since 2012 – four made the cut, and Billy Mitchell of Atlanta, Ga., came through on the weekend with rounds of 72-74 to earn low-amateur honors and a berth in the 121st U.S. Amateur Championship at Oakmont in August, among other perks.

Mitchell, 57, is a performance health coach who has worked with a number of PGA Tour and LPGA Tour players, including Stewart Cink, Roberto Castro, Casey Wittenberg and Mariah Stackhouse, as well as many high school and college teams.

Mitchell, who played the final round with two-time major champion Mark O’Meara, outlasted Todd White by four strokes with a 12-over total of 292, after trailing him by three entering the weekend.

“I didn’t hit it really well on the back nine, but I made some really spectacular up-and-downs. I feel a little emotional about it. A lot of people helped me get here; it’s very special.”

Mitchell, 58, was one of five players to advance through the Milton, Ga., qualifier. Mitchell, whose father, Lawson, was a longtime club professional, reached the Round of 16 in the 2019 U.S. Senior Amateur. He won the 2012 Georgia State Amateur, the 2016 Georgia Senior Open and the Gasparilla Invitational.

White, of Spartanburg, S.C., is a history teacher who also coaches the boys’ and girls’ golf teams at Spartanburg High School. The Vikings tied for fourth in the Class 5A boys state championship and the girls finished ninth in the state in 2021. White was competing in his first U.S. Senior Open and 30th USGA championship in Omaha. He and Nathan Smith partnered to win the inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball Championship in 2015 at The Olympic Club. White and Smith were members of the victorious 2013 USA Walker Cup Team.

In addition to Mitchell and White, Mark Strickland (61st) and Mike McCoy (62nd) also played the weekend at Omaha Country Club.

Results: U.S. Senior Open
T46GAWilliam MitchellAtlanta, GA60070-76-72-74=292
T56SCTodd WhiteSpartanburg, SC50071-72-77-76=296
61CAMark StricklandRancho Santa Fe, CA50071-74-75-78=298
62IAMike McCoyW. Des Moines, IA50073-74-76-76=299
MCCOJon LindstromBroomfield, CO074-74=148

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ABOUT THE U.S. Senior Open

The U.S. Senior Open is one of 14 national championships conducted by the USGA. Open to amateurs and professionals who have reached their 50th birthday as of the first day of the championship.

The Senior Open was first played in 1980 with a purse of, get this, just $100,000. Roberto Vincenzo of Argentina was the inaugural champion (winning $20,000), and Arnold Palmer was a popular winner the following year in 1981 at Oakland Hills.

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