Victoria Golfer Makes Texas Sports History

Mitchell Plays In First Texas Pro Sports Event During Pandemic

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Earlier this week, a Victorian played in the first pro sporting event held in Texas since the pandemic began.

Joe Mitchell, PGA Director Of Golf At Victoria Country Club, finished tied for 15th at the Southern Texas PGA tour stop in Kingwood. Mitchell shot a final round 72, with two birdies and two bogeys. There were several social distancing restrictions. Mitchell said the pros did not have to wear masks, but they had their own carts and their own rakes for the bunkers. After the round, the tour scorekeepers took a picture of his scorecard, and the golfers had to leave to eat their lunch.

“It was surreal. You had time limits on when you could be at the course. You could be there only an hour before tee time. We were allowed 30 minutes on the range, five minutes to putt. You couldn’t have more than five guys on the putting green at one time. ”

Mitchell said tournament officials there were wearing masks, and he said officials at the ATP Tour event at Victoria Country Club in July will probably do the same.