Masters Tournament Takes on New Meaning for Mitchell Family

This year’s Masters meant more to the golf-loving Mitchell family than ever before as PGA pro Keith Mitchell ’10 teed up in the tournament after winning the Honda Classic in March.

His sister, Brindley ’09, served as his caddy for the annual Par 3 Tournament, as their mother, Cynthia, and father, Jerry Mitchell ’65, soaked it in from the gallery. “The Masters has taken on a whole new meaning, and I feel lucky to be just a little part of this lifelong journey,” wrote Brindley in a Facebook post complete with family photos and pictures of her caddying in the official Masters uniform.

Keith finished the Masters in a tie for 43rd with a 72-hole total of 287, one under par.

Although this was Keith’s first time to play in the Masters, it was not his first experience at Augusta National. He watched the tournament as a patron and played the course while a member of the University of Georgia men’s golf team and once more recently after his Tour victory. When he arrived at the Tournament Practice Area on April 8, however, the reality of his surroundings began to sink in. “I thought I was prepared for that moment, but I wasn’t,” he said. “I was nervous just simply walking across the range. Then I started hitting some putts and some balls, and I started feeling better. But this place is just magical for anyone and everyone. Just being a part of it is truly just a blessing.”

Keith earned his first victory on the PGA Tour on March 3, making a birdie on the final hole to win the Honda Classic at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., chasing down top-ten, world-ranked players Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler, who were in ahead of Mitchell at 8-under. “It was awesome,” Keith told the Associated Press afterward. “I wish that I could come up with a better word than that, but just having a chance to come down the stretch against Rickie Fowler and Brooks, those guys are the best in the world, and they’ve been out here proving themselves. And I’m just pleased that I could prove myself against guys like that.”

(Editor’s Note: Keith is one of five Baylor alums currently playing professional golf at the highest level. Luke List ’03, Harris English ’07, and Stephan Jaeger ’08 play alongside Keith on the PGA Tour and Brooke Pancake Rende ’08 is a member of the LPGA Tour).