Who to Watch at the Barbasol
One of our favorite things about hosting the Barbasol Championship is being able to support local players! Read on to get to know a few of the Kentucky natives who will be playing next week:
#1: GROVER JUSTICE
Grover is an instructor at High Performance Academy and has been part of the Keene Trace family for a long time! He is not only a Kentucky native, but played golf at the University of Kentucky in college. Whether you've been one of his students at HP, met him around Keene Trace, or simply want to support local talent; Grover is definitely one to follow! He answered a few questions for us so that we could get to know him a little better before we see him on the course:
Tell us a little about yourself and what you do at HP:
GJ: I grew up in Pikeville, KY. I attended and played golf at the University of Kentucky. I am married to Heather. We have 2 children, Logan (14) and Madelyn (11). I have been in the golf business for 20 years, as either teaching, playing or as a club professional. I am a teaching professional and a club fitter at High Performance.
What do you love about teaching?
GJ: I love to share my passion of golf with others that have similar interests. I get the opportunity weekly to work with females and males, ages 7 to 90 years old and from 30 handicaps to playing professionals. Each student presents a different challenge that we have to overcome together for them to reach their personal goals. It is very rewarding for me to be a part of other's successes such as tournament wins, scholarships, personal best scores, etc.
Golf is a big part of your life, how did you get into it originally?
GJ: I got into it by playing a par 3 with my dad and brother in Myrtle Beach, SC. I am a very competitive person and they both beat me. From that point on, I was determined to get better.
What are some memorable golf moments for you personally?
GJ: 1) Playing golf for the University of Kentucky and winning 5 individual tournaments
2) Playing what is now the Web.Com tour
3) Having my son, Logan, caddie for me at the National PGA Club Pro Championship last month
4) Playing with "The King", Mr. Palmer, at his course, Bay Hill
So, you're playing in the Barbasol! How did that happen? Is it your first PGA event?
GJ: Yes, I recieved an exemption through the KY section PGA for being named Player of the Year for 2017. Yes, this is my first PGA event.
How are you preparing for the Barbasol?
Preparing for the Barbasol is a bit of a challenge, because of my current teaching schedule. Currently, I play in the section events on Mondays. I am teaching Tuesday through Sunday, but have been reserving late Saturday afternoons for preparing for the tournament.
What are you most excited about for the Barbasol?
I am excited to play in my first PGA tour event and have family, friends, High Performance students, and Keene Trace members supporting me that week.
#2 and #3: Chip McDaniel and Cooper Musselman
McDaniel and Musselman are also UK golf alums, both having graduated in May of this year. Sponsor exemptions are allowing them to play in the Barbasol since neither of them have earned tour cards yet. Beginning a professional career in your home state is a rare opportunity, and it will be exciting for Kentucky fans of all ages to see it play out!
#4: Josh Teater (also pictured above!)
Maybe one of the most well-known Kentuckians at the Barbasol, Teater grew up in Lexington and played on the PGA Tour for a couple years starting in 2010. He is currently playing the Web.com Tour and working to earn back his Tour card. It'll be exciting to see him play for the first time at Champions since the 2004 Kentucky Open!
Come out next week to support these Kentuckians, as well as the many other outstanding golfers who will be competing!