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Champions At Keene Trace Owner Reflects On Hosting PGA Tour Stop

Posted at 9:51 PM, Jul 22, 2018

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – The PGA tour is committed to Lexington and Keene Trace for at least three more years.  The event has been an incredible source of pride for members, residents and the club’s owner. 

14 years ago Evan Mossbarger bought Champions at Keene Trace with a partner, and a modest dream.

“We were thinking maybe an amateur event, or something like that,” said Mossbarger.

But eight months ago, it became something much, much bigger.

“No way in the world did we think the PGA would be here,” said Mossbarger.

That became a reality this week.  The Barbasol Championship marked the return of the tour since the old Kentucky Open.  Now it’s on board for at least three more years.  It’s a boost to the economy, civic pride, and it certainly hasn’t hurt business at Keene Trace. 

“Now that they’ve seen it on TV, we’ve been getting responses from all across the united states about people asking for memberships,” said Mossbarger.

Only thing you could ask for is better weather.  Other than that Mossbarger has no first-year regrets.

He added that with a four year commitment from the PGA tour, it gives them the flexibility to tinker with things to make it even better for next year.