Mitchell set to chase Hill

JOHN HERBERT -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:44 AM ET

PORT STANLEY -- Will Mitchell is right where he wants to be -- in second spot heading into the final round of the Investors Ontario Amateur.

"I like to chase, not be chased," the 19-year-old from Whitby said.

Mitchell begins the chase this morning four shots behind Graham Hill of Bright's Grove -- Mike Weir's hometown -- when play resumes at Redtail Golf Course. Mitchell shot a 70 yesterday for a five-under score of 211.

Hill and Mitchell are not strangers. Both are 19 and have graduated to men's golf this summer. Hill will attend Eastern Michigan University in September while Mitchell is enrolled in first-year studies at Durham College.

But in the past they have played on the same inter-provincial junior team and against each other in Ontario and Canadian junior championships. Mitchell won all six Canadian Junior Golf Association (CJGA) tournaments he played last summer.

Both players have continued their strong play this season. Hill has won a tournament and finished second in two. Mitchell is grooming his game this year as an amateur playing against pros on the Great Lakes Tour. He has three top- 10 finishes.

Mitchell, playing in the final group of the day in the first round, shot 67 to tie Lee French of London. He followed that with 74 Wednesday and 70 yesterday. He is a shot ahead of Shawn LaFontaine of Cobourg and two ahead of James Chan of Ancaster and Patrick Forbes of Toronto, who are tied for fourth.

Yesterday's round was a confidence boost, Mitchell said.

"I'm confident now I can play with these guys," he said.

"I know on my best day I can compete with the best."

The chase begins at 10:40 a.m. today.

Mitchell is in the same threesome with Hill.


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