BOWLING GREEN -- University Heights Academy has only had a golfer make the cut at the KHSAA Boy's State Golf Tournament twice in school history, but it just so happens the same golfer has achieved that feat both times.
UHA's Weston Wood carded a 79 (+7) to make the cut at the state tournament for the second consecutive year.
Despite making the cut, Wood wasn't pleased with his round as a whole.
"I just struggled all day," he said. "Started off pretty good but through the round just struggled trying to get something going. Just never got anything going."
Wood shot a 41 on the front but bounced back with a 38 on the back including a birdie on the par-five 14th.
He said the lone bright spot from his round Friday was his putting, but he did have a strategy going in.
"I really came out yesterday and hit my driver well so I really thought I would be out there pounding the ball then hit a good iron shot in," he said.
After his round, Wood played the waiting game as he wasn't sure where his 79 would fall as the cutline was still unclear. But after it was announced that 81 was the cut, the Blazer senior could breathe a little easier.
He said playing and waiting each brings their own set of challenges.
"It's a mix of both," he said. "Starting off it's the nerves. Then finishing up, you got a little nerves but not much. Then it's the waiting game, especially for me it being my last year."
Wood tees off at 7:09 a.m. today in the final round of the tournament at Bowling Green Country Club.
Hopkinsville's James Folz carded an 82 (+10) Friday and missed the cut by a shot. Folz double-bogeyed his final hole of the day, which put him over the cutline.
Folz said he would do a few things differently if he could go back.
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"I would have took more time early in the round," he said. "I rushed some and it caused me to hit bad shots that got into trouble. I also would have put less pressure on myself. That caused me to be on top of my self mentally and I couldn't stand it."
The Tiger junior said his finish Friday makes him want to make it back that much more his senior year.
"It makes me real hungry," he said. "I'm a good enough of a player to compete at a level like this but I haven't been on top of it this season."
Folz said he's got a few different areas that he'll focus on in the offseason.
"I will work on every part of the golf game possible," he said. "I will get to work in the gym and try to be in better shape next season."
Despite some rough holes, Folz did grab three birdies during his round.
The third local finisher was UHA's Jiles Wyatt.
Wyatt shot an 85 (+13) but was all smiles after the round as the Blazer junior isn't done with his career just yet.
"Definitely not what I wanted," he said. "Had a lot of bad shots. I couldn't really get my approach shots close but certainly I finished pretty well. I'm glad I kept my head in the game. It's alright, I have next year."
He said he had some nerves but it was eased by the knowledge of the other players that were on the course because Wyatt knew he belonged.
There was one area of his game that Wyatt thought he excelled in.
"I really hit my longer irons pretty well today," he said. "A lot of greens in regulation because of those. My driver just wasn't on point, I think that caused a lot of mistakes today."
Much like Folz, Wyatt is already looking forward to getting back to work.
"Now that I know I'm going to be working on that a lot more," he said. I think going into next season I'm going to be more prepared and more ready to shoot lower next year."
Trigg County's Grayson Thomas finished just behind Wyatt as he carded an 86 (+14). Thomas was injured going into his round and he knows that hindered him, but he said it was a good experience.
"I wish my back didn't hurt so I could have been loose and prepared but overall it was a great time," he said.
Thomas said one thing he'd do differently is practice a lot more in the offseason.
He said it gives him a lot of things to focus on going into his senior year.
"I think missing the cut might have actually been good because now I have something to work for over the offseason," he said. "It's going to be my senior year and I'm going to make the most out of it I can."
Marshall County's Jay Nimmo is the individual leader at 3-under after the first day as just two golfers finished under par.
Lexington Christian has a one-shot lead at 9-over on Louisville Trinity.
Weston Wood (UHA) +7
James Folz (HHS) +10
Jiles Wyatt (UHA) +13
Grayson Thomas (TCHS) +14