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Mitchell-Welton engagement

SHIRLEY — Shirley residents Cathy and Robert Mitchell, together with Wendy and Phillip Welton, wish to announce the engagement of their children, Rachel J. Mitchell and Brian D. Welton.

Rachel, who lives in Shirley, is a recent graduate of Franklin Pierce College and serves as the communications coordinator for Wellesley Hills Congregational Church.

Brian, also of Shirley, graduated from Mount Wachusett Community College and is an assistant manager at Fisher Auto Parts in Littleton.

The couple plans to marry next August.

Local golf amateur in playoffs

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Lawrence Egan of Townsend is one of 3,800 golfers expected to participate in the 2006 PGA Tour Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Aug. 28 to Sept. 1. The 3,800 golfers come from all 50 states and 24 countries to compete for the title of “World’s Amateur Golf Champion.”

The PGA Tour Superstore World Amateur Handicap Championship, the world’s largest single-site golf tournament, is a 72-hole tournament played on 55 Myrtle Beach area golf courses each August. The World Am is open to any amateur golfer with a verified United States Golf Association handicap, or the foreign equivalent for international players. Players are flighted according to their handicap with more than 100 golfers playing in each of the tournament’s approximately 39 flights. At the conclusion of the four rounds, flight winners advance to the 18-hole championship playoff at the renowned Dunes Golf and Beach Club on Friday, Sept. 1.

Each evening after competition, golfers and their guests enjoy the tournament’s hospitality at the 19th Hole and partake in an extensive golf expo with equipment demos, entertainment, a cocktail buffet and prize drawings while viewing their daily scores and checking out the latest technological breakthroughs in the golf industry.

The PGA Tour World Am Web site,, offers a daily glimpse at the World Am with updated results, news releases and photographs from the 23rd annual tournament.

Murray-Smith engagement

AYER — Jennifer L. Murray, of Worcester, daughter of Susan A. and Jeremiah J. Murray of Ayer, has announced her engagement to Justin R. Smith, son of Phyllis and Richard Smith of Wethersfield, Conn.

The bride-to-be is a graduate of Ayer High School with a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College and is currently working toward her master’s degree from the same school. She is a project manager for Monster Worldwide.

The groom-to-be is a graduate of Northwest Catholic High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Assumption College while working toward a master’s degree. He is an assistant director of admissions at Assumption College.

A September 2007 wedding is planned.

Wilson-Towson wedding

WEST TOWNSEND — Lindsay Wilson, of Salt Lake City, Utah, wed Christopher Towson, of West Townsend, Mass., in a ceremony held July 7 in Honduras.

The bride, daughter of Richard and Peggy Wilson of Salt Lake City, graduated from UMass-Amherst in 2002 with degrees in biology and sociology. She is currently a second-year medical student at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

The groom is the son of William V. III and Pamela Towson, of West Townsend. He is also a 2002 graduate of UMass-Amherst, with a degree in building materials and wood science. He is currently remodeling historic homes in Salt Lake City.

The couple plans to live in Salt Lake City.

Welcome, Nicholas

TOWNSEND — Jack and Eileen Moran of Townsend are pleased to announce the arrival of Nicholas James, born July 3.

Grandparents are Joanne Finnegan of Lowell, and Mac and Kathleen Moran of Waltham.

Nicholas was born at Newton-Wellesley Hospital.

Local Soldier graduates US Army Ranger School

TOWNSEND — Sergeant Christopher Considine recently graduated the US Army Ranger Training School at Fort Benning, Ga. He is the son of John and Fran Considine of Townsend.

Chris graduated from Westford Academy in 1999 and is a 2003 graduate of Saint Lawrence University. Chris completed his basic and AIT at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; he is currently assigned to the 10th Mountain Division as a combat engineer at Fort Polk, La.

Additionally, Chris received the German proficiency Gasset Badge while mountain training at Fort Chaffee, Ark. He graduated sapper school at Fort Leonard Wood, attended PLDC for leadership, and received the Commandant’s Distinguished Award.

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