CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Learning to manage long weeks is a major part of the maturation process on the PGA Tour.
What Kevin Kisner went through leading up to last year's Greenbrier Classic isn't on anybody's schedule.
"That was the worst experience I had all year, as far as traveling," said the former University of Georgia golfer, who will tee off in his second Greenbrier Classic on Thursday.
Kisner participated in the Andres Gonzales Charity Golf Tournament the week before the 2011 Classic. On Monday, when he should've been playing a practice round in White Sulphur Springs, he was wrapping up his charitable work 2,700 miles away in the great northwest.
When he was supposed to be getting a good night's sleep preparing for Tuesday in southern West Virginia, he was catching a red-eye flight to Chicago.
During what was expected to be final preparations for his visit to the Mountain State, Kisner was stranded in the Windy City.
On what was supposed to be his Pro-Am day, he was scrambling to gain some knowledge about the course he has never played.
"I started off behind the eight ball," Kisner said. "We got to the Greenbrier on Wednesday and only played nine holes in the practice round.
"We travel 25 to 30 weeks a year, but that was the worst I had. I felt like a zombie when I teed off on Thursday. I never saw the course."
Kisner, Gonzales and fellow professionals Chris Baryla, Spencer Levin, Michael Putnam, Jim Renner and Nate Smith participated in the charity event and the Greenbrier Classic. Kisner shot a two-round score of 9-over 149, missing the cut by a healthy eight strokes.
Putnam shot a 73 on the first day and withdrew after the 11th hole of the second round. Only Baryla and Levin made the cut at the Old White TPC. Baryla was 3-under in the final round and Levin shot a 77 after going 4-under entering the final 18 holes.
Kisner had a 62-foot birdie putt on No. 9 in the opening round in 2011, but walked off the green shaking his head after a double-bogey on No. 6 and bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8.
When considering his current level of play, there's no reason to expect Kisner to match his first round 5-over 75 from last year.