"The Mitch" is hosted annually by Innis Arden Golf Club in memory of their longtime pro, William A. Mitchell. It has since been one of the favorite stops of the Lincoln Pro Am Series due to the popularity of William A., and the enthusiasm of the members of the "Club IA. The day also serves as an opportunity to announce the recipients of The William A. Mitchell Metropolitan PGA Financial Assistance Program, formed to assist golf professionals early in their careers with the expenses of PGA schooling. William A. Mitchell was a staunch advocate of the PGA, for he was PGA educated, PGA trained and he achieved the promise of the PGA.
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One of the most popular and most decorated members of the Met Section prior to his untimely death in 1997, this former Met PGA President was responsible for the Section's successful travel events to a variety of venues in the US and internationally. Mitchell was universally loved and was a fixture at PGA National Meetings and one of the Section’s most effective delegates. He was instrumental in the development of the Playing Ability test and National PGA Junior Championship. He served on the PGA’s Board of Control as well as on a number of committees and task forces. Billy was twice the Met PGA's Professional of the Year ('79 and '83) and twice the Strausbaugh recipient ('81 & '82) before winning the National Award in 1996 when he was renominated for that honor the fifth time. He was also selected as the 1996 recipient of the Sam Snead Award for his contributions to golf, the PGA and the Met Section.