Adam Mitchell had good reason to think he’d slipped back in time on Tuesday.
The former Georgia golfer was using his old space in the Bulldogs’ locker room again and he found himself playing Tuesday’s practice round for the Stadion Classic at UGA with former teammate Richard Scott.
The two are close friends and have played countless rounds together since they last were teammates, but Wednesday marked the first time they reunited on the course since Mitchell was a freshman and Scott was a senior in 2005-06.
“It felt like freshman year all over again playing with Richard here,” Mitchell said. “It definitely felt like old times.”
The two are hoping the comfortable confines of their old home course will help them settle in for a big week.
Mitchell, who was a three-time All-American, lives in Atlanta and plays on the eGolf Professional Tour. He makes it out to Monday event qualifiers, like the one held this week at Jenning’s Mill Country Club, trying to make the field for bigger events.
He used a sponsor exemption to get into last week’s Web.com Tour event, the South Georgia Classic in Valdosta, and had what he said was one of the best weeks of his professional career, finishing tied for 15th. As a member of the previous event’s top-20 finishers, earned an automatic spot in the Stadion Classic field.
“I knew I needed to have a good round [Sunday] to come to Athens,” Mitchell said. “I love Athens and wanted to come play in this tournament because it’s so special here at the university, and they give you your old locker back for the week. It’s real special to be a Bulldog coming back to this town.”
Sure enough, Mitchell capped his weekend with a 5-under 67.
“I’ve been playing a lot of the Mondays, and I’ve been Monday’ed in a couple times in the past year, I just haven’t always played exactly the way I’ve wanted to play,” Mitchell said. “But I finally put together a couple of good rounds last week and here I am now.”
Scott is coming from the opposite direction, hoping to rebound this week after missing back-to-back cuts on the Web.com Tour. Tuesday’s round was a welcome return to a course he said he remains familiar with.
“It’s still pretty much the same,” said Scott, a two-time All-American who missed the cut at last year’s Stadion Classic. “It’s a little longer than when I used to play here, some of the greens are a little different. But it’s pretty much the same course I know.”
Both golfers said they would be catching up with old friends in Athens, and they’ll be surrounded by them on the course, too. The week’s field features seven former Georgia golfers, two current Georgia golfers and a Georgia graduate in Scott Parel. Many of them met Monday night for dinner with Georgia coaches Chris Haack and Jim Douglas.
“It’s nice to be back, see the guys on the team now and some of the guys I played with, like Adam, Brendon Todd and Kevin Kisner,” Scott said. “It brings back a lot of good memories of this place, the golf course, Athens and Coach Haack. You feel like you’re back at home.”