Waycross-Ware County Sports Hall of Fame

Mitt Layton

Inducted – 2011
Mitt excelled in three sports throughout the years. At Waycross High School he displayed his skill in football and Golf.
He culminated an outstanding career in football in the 1967 season.

He along with Henry Strickland and Lewis Welch composed the nucleus of a strong defensive line. Mitt played tackle. On special teams he was the extra-point and field goal kicker. He closed his high school career by kicking five of five extra-points against cross-town rival Ware County.

More renowned for his golf in high school his achievements were numerous. He began playing golf at the age of seven. He won the individual regional title in 1967 when Waycross won the state championship. Mitt won the prestigious Okefenokee Invitation Golf Tournament in 1968 and earned a golf scholarship to Florida State University.

However, his most notable accomplishments have come in the sport of racquetball. While traveling the country and playing on a national level he has won over 100 tournaments. That included over 60 combined wins in both the Florida State and Southeastern Regional Championships and has been ranked #1 in the world for ten years or more in his age group. Five times he was awarded the Florida Player of the Year honor and the Bud Muehleisen Award as the National Age Group Player of the Year. Twice he was selected by the National Racquetball Association to an assistant coach position for the U.S. Junior Olympic Teams, which competed in the World Championships.

Mitt lives in Jacksonville, Florida and married to Jill. They have five children, Mitt Jr., Lindsay, Whitney, Michael and Matthew.