After the round, Carter got a taste of one aspect of pro golf - autographs. He signed a few dozen, probably more than he signed in his few dozen State Ams put together.
He is staying at the hotel, getting the same rate the pros do. He is seeing firsthand how much those guys enjoy this stop - they almost never get that type of treatment, all those activities elsewhere on the Tour.
From his first day on the grounds, Bubba Watson has tweeted about all the fun he's having. A Golf Channel writer joked about the "stressful" atmosphere, describing one group's attempt to master the otherwise genteel game of croquet.
"They're just normal guys off the course," Carter said. "They're doing the same things we do. It's cool to see what they do on a regular day. We're all normal guys."
But they're not normal on the course. Clogging the practice greens Tuesday afternoon, pros were doing as much testing of putters as they were fine-tuning their stroke. Carter has one putter in his bag, period.
Almost to a man, the pros have their equipment deals, and the Callaways and Taylor-Mades of the world have supply trailers on the grounds. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, the pros can fix, replace, reshaft or re-whatever their clubs. Their dozens of clubs.
"I've got an expensive set," Carter said. "They're all comparable on that end, because they're playing with stuff, other than the shafts, that we can get [in stores, online, etc.]. I don't think price is an issue [but] anything that's modern or new that comes out, they get it immediately. And they get so much of it they get to pick and choose what they want, and there are boxes of stuff they have.
"What I've got in my bag is what I'm going with this week. It may not be good enough, but it's going to be a great week."
And that's the thing to remember - Carter never thought he would have this opportunity. He had a blast in his practice round, and it didn't matter that it rained for much of the back nine.
Carter still stuck more than a few approaches, including one close to the hole on the par-4 16th. He hit a putt here and there, and hit most of those shorter drives in the fairway.
But he knows he must find some birdies to stick around for the weekend. As a refresher, he shot a pair of 73s in the Old White rounds at last year's State Am, more than good enough to win the tournament.
But this week . . .
"That will be good enough for a weekend pass. That's OK, though."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130, dougsm...@wvgazette.com or follow him at twitter.com/dougsmock.