"I'll just try to have as much fun as I can, and what happens happens.''
Ferrell has been preparing this week by playing rounds at the Pines Country Club and Lakeview Resort in Morgantown and working with Pines golf pro Russell Reid.
He hasn't let himself daydream about whom he might be paired with for Thursday's opening round.
"Not really,'' he said. "Last year, Christian was paired with some of the lower-level pros. They usually pair us with the Monday qualifiers. I don't think they'll pair me with anybody [famous]. If they do, it'd be a great surprise.''
Ferrell is pleased to be part of what is being billed as the strongest field in the three years of The Greenbrier's PGA tournament.
"There's a lot of big guys coming,'' Ferrell said. "That's what they do in a new event, build on them. The first year, it's not real popular. Last year it was a pretty big deal, and this year everything's happening.
"By the fourth year, everybody will be there. It'll be one of the biggest events of the summer - a good, family atmosphere. Bring the family down and do what you want at the resort. Especially if they keep the Fourth of July weekend, they'll have tons more people coming over.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.