The Barbasol Championship is underway at Champions at Keene Trace. You should make the trip out there to see the action, but before you do, let’s get you some names to watch.
The casual fan will recognize some of the bigger names from the golf world — Davis Love III, Stuart Appleby, Billy Horschel, to name a few — but these are some of the competitors many of you may not know. We will be keeping an eye on this group all weekend and we hope to see all of them toward the top of the leaderboard.
Poston’s caddie, Aaron Flener, is a former KSR writer and a very good friend of ours. We always root for Flener, so Poston has become one of our favorite golfers since Flener got on his bag back in May.
Tee Times: 8:42 am, Thurs. / 1:42 pm*, Fri.
Before Flener was with Poston, he caddied for Stephen Jaeger on the Web.com Tour and then the PGA TOUR. The two went separate directions earlier this year, but Jaeger remains one of our favorites. We had some fun on a bachelor party last year.
— Drew Franklin. (@DrewFranklinKSR) May 20, 2017
Tee Times: 3:10 pm, Thurs. / 10:10 am*, Fri.
Also a friend of the KSR program, Josh Teater is the player most Kentuckians should follow. He’s currently competing to regain his PGA Tour card on the Web.com Tour, but he’s no newcomer to the PGA. The Danville native has made millions in over 150 PGA events over his career since turning pro after a great career at Morehead State.
Fun Fact: He and former UK football coach Rich Brooks are great friends.
Tee Times: 2:26 pm*, Thurs. / 9:26 am, Fri.
Chip McDaniel and Cooper Musselman
Two former Kentucky Wildcats will be making their professional debuts this weekend after leading UK to an NCAA Championship appearance for only the 10th time in program history. McDaniel holed out from the fairway on the 18th hole to punch the Cats’ ticket.
Tee Times: 9:59 am, Thurs. / 2:59 pm*, Fri.
Tee Times: 10:10 am*, Thurs. / 3:10 pm, Fri.
LPGA professional Brittany Lincicome accepted a Sponsor Exemption to compete in the 2018 Barbasol Championship. In doing so, Lincicome is only the fifth female in history to compete in a PGA event.
Tee Times: 9:59 am*, Thurs. / 2:59 pm, Fri.
Lovelady is the longest hitter in the tournament. He roomed with Justin Thomas at Alabama in college, and then again in Thomas’ home after he turned pro.
Tee Times: 2:37 pm, Thurs. / 9:37 am*, Fri.
Billy Hurley III
Hurley’s caddie, Clay Duerson, is a Lexingtonian and was once the Wildcat mascot for UK. So that’s neat.
Tee Times: 1:53 pm, Thurs. / 8:53* am, Fri.
A Pikeville native, Justice is a former UK golfer with five wins on his college resume. He is now a golf instructor in Lexington and earned his entry as the Kentucky PGA Section’s Player of the Year.
Tee Times: 2:48 pm*, Thurs. / 9:48 am, Fri.