Writer Tom Scanlon
What could be cooler than getting paid to golf?
Hmm … maybe getting paid to play music, too?
Which leads us to Mitch Harrell, golfer-musician. Mitch is a Professional Golf Association (PGA) member who is also an executive at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale.
His 2013 scoring average for three rounds (two events) is an enviable 66. And he sings and plays guitar in the Blu-Tones, an acoustic duo making waves in the North Scottsdale scene.
The band plays thoughtful covers of Neil Young’s “Sugar Mountain,” the bluesy “Black and Blue” (“I feel like gum on your shoe…”), John Hiatt’s powerful “Train to Birmingham” and other classic rock, blues and casual country songs.
Mitch and his bandmate, Mark Petronzio, another golfer-musician who also works for Troon, have played at Rhythm & Wine, Troon’s club and The Herb Box.
Hearing their story, you may think they have been misnamed. How about the Rolling Troons, or the Sand Trap...