Garnett Nears Next Step in his Career

By Matt Tritten |

Published 08/25 2013 08:34PM

Updated 08/25 2013 10:54PM

(OMAHA, Neb.) After working as a pro for the last six years, Brice Garnett has finally reached the highest  level of golf.

"I've been working hard my whole professional career to get to this stage," Garnett said, wrapping up the Cox Classic in Omaha Sunday at six-under par.

"It's really neat to know someone from northwest Missouri will be representing us on the PGA Tour next year," Mike Habermehl said. "I think it's a great thing."

Garnett officially received his PGA Tour card Sunday evening at the Tour's final regular season tournament. The Gallatin native says he sometimes can't believe that he's living his dream.

"I have to remind myself all the time while I'm having fun, it's a job," Garnett said. "There's not many people that get the opportunity to play golf everyday. I have so much support back home in Gallatin and St. Joseph, my buddies still ride me pretty hard and make sure that I realize what I'm doing is a pretty good job."

Garnett began laying the groundwork for his career in high school. Mike Habermehl was coaching Missouri Western when he first heard about the standout golfer.

"There was a group of those guys in that town that all grew up playing golf together. I had Scott Crose in my last year that I was coaching Missouri Western," Habermehl said. "He was from Gallatin. He kept telling me, 'you have to talk to this Brice Garnett.' I started watching scores and I was like, yes I do. This kid could shoot in the 60s. I don't care where you're from, you're still shooting in the 60s."

He's continued to improve every step of the way. This year on the Tour, Garnett is tied for sixth most top ten finishes and is in the top 15 among money leaders.

Garnett points to his ability to keep it on the fairway for his success.

"My ball striking carries me through out the year. I tend to hit a lot of fairways and a lot of greens. I'm excited because I think out here on the Web Tour, good ball striking doesn't always get rewarded at the end of the tournament. So I'm excited to go out there (PGA Tour) and maybe not have to go as low as you do here."

As Garnett continues his career among the best in the world next year, he won't forget how he got here.

"It's been great. I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love coming from a small farm town, and I know everybody's going to be supporting me no matter what next year."

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