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Matti Schmid reacts by missing a birdie putt on the No. 18 during the second round of the PGA Barbasol Championship on Saturday July 9, 2022 at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

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The Barbasol Championship is the only PGA Tour event hosted in Kentucky, providing a chance for top Commonwealth-connected golfers to play well in familiar surroundings.

While the tournament has a bigger international presence this year with the inclusion of players from the DP World Tour (also known as the European Tour), there were still six golfers with Kentucky ties in the field at 156 players to start the Barbasol, which is held at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville.

From the top of the leaderboard down, here’s a look at how these Kentucky golfers got through two rounds and which ones will play the rest of the weekend.

The Barbasol championship cut was 5 under par. Eighty-three players made the cut, including 20 on the count.

Matti Schmid

Former University of Louisville golfer Matti Schmid is shaping up to be the story of the weekend at Barbasol.

Schmid is tied for the lead after two rounds in Nicholasville, having shot 65 (7 under) in the first round and 63 (9 under) in the second.

These are the same scores recorded by Max McGreevy, who was also 16 under par for the tournament.

“It’s great for me to still see him. I’ve got a lot of guys coming out, Louisville fans,” Schmid said of his return to Kentucky. “It’s fantastic to be back. ”

Schmid is quickly becoming a known presence on the international golf circuit.

After playing at Louisville from 2017 to 2021, Schmid was the underdog for the 2021 Open Championship.

Schmid went on to earn Rookie of the Year honors on the DP World Tour (also known as the European Tour) last year.

What did he remember from his time with the cardinals?

“The best thing about it was we had a great team of 10 guys who all had the same dream of trying to get better every day,” Schmid said. “I think it’s great to be part of such a great environment.”

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Josh Teater lines up a putt for a birdie he would miss on the No. 18 in the second round of the PGA Barbasol Championship on Saturday at Keene Trace Golf Club. Michel Clubb [email protected]

Josh Teater

Always a crowd favorite at Barbasol, Teater once again staged strong early rounds of the tournament to make the cut.

The former Henry Clay High School and Morehead State standout posted a pair of 68s (4 under) in rounds one and two to finish his first 36 holes at 8 under and tied for 38th.

Teater finished tied for 15th at last year’s event.

Before the Barbasol, Teater also found time to help promote a local business.

Teater shot a commercial for Setzer Properties, a Lexington-based national real estate investment and development company established in 1989.

In the ad, which is nearly three minutes long, Teater tries to coexist with a talking golf bag.

“I got a phone call that said, ‘Hey, we’re gonna have a talking bag and you’re just gonna get annoyed,'” Teater explained of the ad’s concept. “I spent about eight or nine hours with them one day and we shot all the different scenes. They added the talking bag later and it was pretty funny when it came along.

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Stephen Stallings Jr. tees off on the third hole on day one of the Barbasol Championship at Keene Trace Golf Club on Thursday. Silas Walker [email protected]

Stephen Stallings Jr.

The St. Xavier High School and University of Kentucky alumnus scored four birdies and two bogeys in his first round, followed by four birdies in his second round as he finished on the cut line at 5 under.

As such, Stallings will play weekends at Keene Trace.

Stallings also had a prolific high school career as he won the Kentucky State High School Title in 2011.

Jared Wolfe

Wolfe, 34, who played high school at Butler and Murray State University, caught fire on the front nine at Keene Trace on Thursday in his first round, recording birdies at first, fourth, fifth, sixth and ninth hole.

Wolfe played the back nine evenly to finish his first round with a nice 67.5 under par, but his second round on Friday didn’t have the same punch.

On Friday, Wolfe had just two birdies on his card as he shot a 73 (1-over par). He missed the cut with one stroke.

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Matt Harris lines up a putt for par from the 17th green that he would miss in the first round of the Barbasol Championship on Thursday at Keene Trace Golf Club. Michel Clubb [email protected]

Matt Harris

Matt Harris’ story only lasted two rounds in his PGA Tour debut, but it remains a landmark moment on Harris’ golf course.

Harris played baseball in Henry Clay and Eastern Kentucky before embarking on a golfing career and earned a bye for his first PGA Tour event after writing a letter to Championship Tournament Director Barbasol.

Harris shot 74 (2 over) in his first round Thursday in front of a devoted crowd of fans, and shot another 74 in his second round that started late Friday and ended Saturday afternoon.

“It was a great experience. Of course, I would like to play better. I came in with high hopes, like all the other players, to make the cut and try my luck. I didn’t give my best , but I enjoyed every minute,” Harris said. “The support has been amazing. You don’t expect a lot of people to come out and cheer. I’m just not used to having so many people watching me play, let alone in that kind of environment, but it was a great experience, we’ll put it down to it and keep moving forward.

What did this week mean for Harris’ future in golf?

“I feel like playing with those guys, I’ve had a lot of good shots. I’ve got the game, but the scoreline hasn’t shown it,” Harris explained. confidence at the end. I look at the leaderboard and I see a lot of guys I play a lot of tricks with and they’re all doing great things. I know I’m right behind them.

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Andrew Stephens plays his third shot on the No. 9 after his errant tee shot landed in a bin during the second round of the PGA Barbasol Championship on Saturday at Keene Trace Golf Club. Michel Clubb [email protected]

Andrew Stephens

Andrew Stephens, a former Covington Latin High School and University of Kentucky golfer, led the way among golfers who have completed 36 holes at Keene Trace.

He shot 77 (5 over) in his first round and 75 (3 over) in his second to finish 8 over par.

“I wish I had played better, but for someone like me who teaches the game for a living, I think it’s great to come here and play with some of the best players in the world,” Stephens said. “I think anytime you can be up close and personal with some of the best players in the world, it’s a great experience as a player and as a teacher. I think the big thing to learn is that even the best players aren’t perfect, and it’s just about dealing with your bad shots and being able to get over it.

Cameron Drummond works as a sports reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader and focuses on the University of Kentucky women’s basketball program, in addition to other college, high school, and professional sports in the area. Drummond is a first-generation American who was born and raised in Texas, before graduating from Indiana University in 2020. He is fluent in Spanish and previously worked as a community reporter for the Austin newspaper. American-Statesman in Austin, Texas.