LGC pin flags to fly in Mitchell's memory

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Flags on No. 9, 18 holes

By Robert Howey


Quiet is the norm on the golf course, especially around greens, but this occasion was different.

The morning of Wednesday, July 17, fellow golfers and friends of the late Eddie Mitchell, who died June 14, took time out for a special tribute.

Mitchell friends and Lancaster Golf Club golfers gathered at No. 9 for a short, but meaningful ceremony.

“One place he treasured was the golf course,” said Don Rushing of Mitchell, an avid golfer who also worked at the LGC as a maintenance volunteer. “The Gamecocks were another great passion.”

So fittingly, holes No. 9 and 18 will fly a University of South Carolina Gamecock pin flag in memory of Mitchell to the end of the year.

“His loves of his life were Bonnie (Mitchell’s wife), the golf course and the Gamecocks,” said Frankie Faile, a close friend who along with Rushing paid tribute to Mitchell.

“When we come to No. 9, we will remember Eddie,” Faile said.

Bonnie Mitchell placed the Gamecock flag on the No. 9 pin as course superintendent Ross Baker and pro shop assistant Larry Honeycutt assisted.

“We just wanted to do something to keep Eddie’s memory because he was so special and deeply devoted to the Lancaster Golf Club,” Honeycutt said.

A threesome, including Bucy Baker and Dr. Pierce Horton, was the first to play the hole just after the ceremony.

“This is very much in order,” Baker said. “Eddie was dedicated to the course. The course is in super shape and Eddie made his contribution.

“It’s an honor to be the first to play this hole.”

Horton said the chance to be the first to play the hole was special.

“This is a wonderful tribute to Eddie,” Horton said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to play this hole. It’s our luck, but I’m glad it happened that way.”