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November 29, 2012 9:12 am

Tess Mitchell to bring swing to Yellowjackets

Written by Dante Geoffrey

Powell High School senior Tess Mitchell signed a letter of intent to play golf at Montana State University Billings Nov. 20.

Mitchell said she’s excited for the opportunity to play in college – an opportunity she wasn’t fully expecting.

Mitchell played only two years of high school golf, but was a two-time all-state selection.

But it wasn’t just her play that impressed Yellowjackets head golf coach Shawn O’Brien.

O’Brien said Mitchell is not just the type of player he wants on his team, but also the type of person.

“Tess comes from a great family and is a well-rounded person. We look at that first before anything else,” O’Brien said.

He added that Mitchell can be a role model on campus and represent the college in a positive manner.

Panthers head golf coach Troy Hildebrand has coached Mitchell for two years at PHS and isn’t at all surprised she stood out for her intangible qualities.

“She has a tremendous work ethic,” he said. “I know she carries those same traits into the classroom. She’s always working to better herself on the course and in the classroom and in everything she does.”

Hildebrand said Mitchell’s strongest suit is her willingness to put in the time it takes, even during the summer, to improve herself.

“She took advantage of every opportunity she had to work and get better,” he said.

Mitchell will take the spring golf season and summer to continue to strengthen her game before she begins her collegiate career. One of her main goals is to shoot her low scores on a more consistent basis.

Mitchell decided on MSU Billings after visiting the campus with her father Nov. 7. She said she was impressed with the campus and got along well with O’Brien and the current Yellowjacket golfers she met.

Mitchell also plays basketball and runs cross country in high school.

She is planning to study biology in college.

Mitchell will be one of three or four recruits set to join the current MSU Billings squad of seven next fall.

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