Tyler’s brother, Curt Mitchell, is also his caddy and travels with him across America to these different tournaments.
“The rough was thick and the greens were firm and fast,” said Curt of the very difficult Boone Valley course, “it seemed like there were hazards to potentially cause trouble on seemingly every hole.
Play started on July 23 with 156 participants who played two days before a cut knocked the amount of golfers down to 64. Tyler had 35 puts on the opening day but still managed to shoot a 75. He knew he had to do better the next day to guarantee his position in the field after the cut. Knowing that the cut after two days is usually around seven over par, Tyler and Curt went to the practice green after the first round and began working on Tyler’s put all night. They knew that would be the key to his success if he plans on advancing. Their preparation led to Tyler switching his putter for the second day of golf. It worked.
Tyler cut his puts down to 29 for that round and shot a 72 with six birdies on the day. He was able to do this even with the heavy weight of pressure on his shoulders as coaches and scouts followed him around all day to see the kid from Cadiz, Kentucky play with the best juniors in the world. Tyler made the cut, and an impression on some coaches as well.
For the rest of this story, read this week's Cadiz Record.