Posted: Apr. 16, 2018 12:15 am
QUINCY — One of this season’s most consistent golfers on the Web.com Tour and one trying to develop consistency on the PGA Tour are the latest commitments to the third annual WGEM/Herald-Whig TriState Pro-Am.
Josh Teater and Ryan Blaum, who are previous pro-am participants, have joined the growing list of professional golfers who will tee it up May 28 at Westview Golf Course. Nine golfers have committed to play in the pro-am, with Quincy native Luke Guthrie the headliner.
Guthrie will try to match Teater’s consistency when the Web.com Tour tees it back up this week at the North Mississippi Classic after a three-week hiatus.
Teater has played in seven Web.com Tour events, making six cuts with four top-25 finishes. His best finish was tying for 11th at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open when he posted three rounds in the 60s and shot a 6-under 65 in the final round. He tied for 13th at the Panama Championship and tied for 15th at the Savannah Golf Championship.
He currently is 29th on the Web.com Tour money list. The top 25 at the end of the regular season earn their PGA Tour card for 2019.
Teater, a native of Kentucky who played at Morehead State University, spent five years on the PGA Tour, finishing in the top 80 in the FedEx Cup standings three times.
His first year as a full-time member of the PGA Tour was in 2010 when he was 76th in the FedEx Cup after tying for third at the Turning Stone Resort Championship. After finishing 102nd in the FedEx Cup in 2011, Teater rebounded to finish 73rd with four top-10 finishes in 2012.
In 2013, he enjoyed a career-best finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, when he tied for second. He finished 78th in the FedEx Cup that season. He dropped to 148th in the FedEx Cup in 2014 and lost his PGA Tour card.
Teater finished 36th on the Web.com Tour money list in 2016, which included seven top-15 finishes and a tie for second at the Rust-Oleum Championship. In 2017, he ad two top-10 finishes on the Web.com Tour and was 40th on the money list.
Blaum has made the cut in five of 13 events he has played on the PGA Tour, but has finished higher than 60th only once in the his last seven events. Those came on the heels of tying for 10th at the Sony Open. Blaum finished tied for 16th at the Valspar Championship.
He is currently 127th in the FedEx Cup standings.
A native of Miami who graduated from Duke and turned pro in 2007, Blaum is in his second season as a full-time member of the PGA Tour. He finished 107th in the FedEx Cup in 2017 with two top-10 finishes. He tied for sixth at the Barbasol Championship and tied for seventh at the Greenbrier Classic.
Blaum played on several mini-tours before winning twice on PGA Tour Latinoamerica in 2013 to kickstart his career. He has 11 career professional victories, including three on the Hooters Tour and two on the eGolf Professional Tour.