BY MIKE FIELDS
Josh Teater’s homecoming in the Barbasol Championship ended with a 1-over par final round on a gray Monday morning, but he saw bright things ahead for himself.
“I’m still pushing forward, and nothing but good things came from this” he said after finishing the PGA TOUR event 12-under (68-66-69-73—276).
Now it’s back to the Web.com Tour where he’s fighting to earn his PGA TOUR card.
“I’m ready to go get a trophy out there,” he said.
Teater, who graduated from Henry Clay and Morehead State, looked like he might climb high on the leaderboard when he started his final round on Sunday with a couple birdies that got him to 15-under.
But when he resumed his final round Monday morning, he took a bogey on his first hole “and that kinda set the tone.”
Teater stumbled again on the back nine, taking a bogey at the 12th and a triple-bogey at the 13th.
Walking to the clubhouse after his round, he told Dave Bair, his golf coach at Henry Clay, he wished he “hadn’t played like I was in high school” during that stretch.
Teater did birdie the 17th to get back to 12-under.
“Overall, it was great to be here, get in the work, and to actually get to play 72 holes was a plus. I played some good golf, just not my best today.”
Teater thought the Barbasol Championship’s debut at Champions at Keene Trace went well, despite the terrible weather. He heard good reviews from his fellow pros.
“I didn’t hear one bad thing,” he said. “Everybody loved it. Everybody liked the course a lot . . . and I think everybody loved the hospitality.
“The (grounds) crew did a marvelous job taking care of the course. Hopefully next year more people will come out and it’ll be a little drier.”
Asked if he’ll be return home for the Barbasol Championship next summer, Teater had a ready answer.
“Unless I’m in the (British) Open,” he said. “I’ll be here if they have me.”