Jess Ferrell was part of the maddening crush earlier this month at the Greenbrier Classic PGA Tour event at The Greenbrier resort featuring Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Tom Watson.
So there probably won't be much that will faze the junior-to-be at Fairmont State when he tees it up Monday at the 93rd West Virginia Amateur golf tournament at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs.
After all, Ferrell finished runner-up at last year's Amateur, only his second one, securing his spot in the Greenbrier Classic on one of two sponsor's exemptions with a one-hole playoff victory over Hurricane's Sam O'Dell.
Ferrell, the lone state golfer in the Classic field, finished with a 4-over-par 74 in the second round of the Classic to go along with a 10-over 80 in the opening round, but missed the cut on the historic Old White TPC course.
"The last day was a great day,'' said Ferrell. "I played really well. I played better than my score. It gave me confidence because I know I can play the golf course well.''
Old White will again be part of the Amateur rotation after being omitted last year. The venerable course had its greens renovated, most holes lengthened and other changes made after the 2010 Greenbrier Classic.
The Amateur and Classic flipped places on the July calendar this year, allowing for Old White to be put back in play for the Amateur. The customary par-72 Greenbrier course will also be used for the tournament.
"I have a lot more experience on it,'' said Ferrell of Old White. "It's basically the same course it was. They haven't drastically changed the course. It'll be a little bit shorter. It'll be nice to play it again. If you've had any experience on it you're going to be all right.''
The Amateur field will again be wide open since last year's champion Christian Brand of Charleston, a former Marshall golfer, turned professional in late spring. There are also several other notable players who will be absent.
Tim Fisher of Staats Mills, who won back-to-back Amateur titles in 2008-09, is serving another year-long suspension from the West Virginia Golf Association while Anthony Reale, the 2007 champion, isn't playing this year.
Among those in the hunt are Pat Carter, the 12-time State Amateur titlist, Nathaniel Begley of Oak Hill, who as an 18-year-old was the first-round co-leader last year with O'Dell and Hurricane's Brian Anania, a Marshall golfer who finished sixth.
Carter's reign ended six years ago, but he is always a threat despite the fact that he failed to have any under-par rounds last year and tied for 12th.
"I think you're going to see a lot of new names at the top,'' Carter said. "It's basically who will be the most consistent will win the tournament.''
Carter said he has been busy this summer coaching his son's Little League baseball team and hasn't played as much golf as he would have liked. Two years ago, he was on a business trip and missed the Amateur for the first time in 26 years.
"I kind of like the way I'm hitting the ball,'' said the insurance firm manager. "I haven't worked much on my short game. I think if I play well I'll be in contention. It's been a long July. Between work and baseball, it's been hard to fit any practice time in.