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The Story Behind The PGA Tour Returning to Kentucky



This sunny Sunday in the Bluegrass has me dreaming of golf. Fortunately for myself and all my fellow hackers, the next four summers will see some of the best talent the game has to offer descending upon Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville.

The Barbasol Championship is shifting sites from Alabama to Kentucky in July, and the story behind the move is fascinating, and as chronicled by the Asbury Collegian, the tale starts with the Nicholasville golf course coming under new management:

Evan Mossbarger and B Frye purchased the course from the bank in 2014 and immediately created a resuscitation plan. It just so happened the two had a relationship with Brooks Downing, the former University of Kentucky Sports Information Director and current president of bd Global — a sport marketing and event planning firm Downing founded in 2012 and ran from the basement of his house. When the then-college basketball-oriented company expanded to include a golf sector, astutely named bdg Golf, grand visions formed between Mossbarger, Frye and Downing.

Although bdg Golf runs two PGA events in the Bahamas — the Great Exuma Classic and the Great Abaco Classic —  they wanted something closer to home. “We thought about ‘Hey, what if we brought back professional golf to central Kentucky?’” said Downing.

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With the British Open airing on TV early in the morning and the Barbasol Championship swooping in during the afternoon, it’ll be a jam packed weekend for golf fans in the Bluegrass.

This 4-year stretch should whet the appetite well for when the PGA Championship returns to Valhalla in 2024.


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Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.