Four area golfers will represent their school and the southern Pennyrile at this weekend’s KHSAA State Golf Tournament at Bowling Green Country Club.

University Heights Academy’s Jiles Wyatt and Weston Wood along with Hopkinsville’s James Folz and Trigg County’s Grayson Thomas will all tee it up Friday with the hopes of making the cut and playing Saturday as well.

Folz and Thomas are playing together as they tee off at 12:24 p.m. from the 10th tee.

Wood tees off from No. 1 at 12:24 p.m. while Wyatt tees off at 11:48 a.m. from the first tee.

All four players were asked the same questions regarding their upcoming state trips.

Here are their responses.

Jiles Wyatt (UHA)11:48 a.m.,No. 1

KNE: How does it feel to be representing your school and the region at the state tournament?

JW: It is an honor and privilege to represent my school and my city in this tournament. I feel like I’m finally getting my name out to colleges and to show just what Hopkinsville athletics represent.

KNE: What have you worked on leading up to Friday?

JW: I have definitely worked on my short game constantly. I know that at this course especially my putting will be vital to a low score.

KNE: What are you looking forward to the most?

JW: I’m definitely looking forward to competing with some of the top golfers in the state and showing what I can do on a competitive scale.

KNE: What is going to be success for you at state? Is it a certain score or is it something specific?

JW: Success at state will definitely making the cut and shooting a score around 73-74.

Weston Wood (UHA)12:24 p.m., No. 1

KNE: How does it feel to be representing your school and the region at the state tournament?

WW: It feels really good to be able to represent my school and the region to go out and be one of the seven to make it and going back to back makes it super special.

KNE: What have you worked on leading up to Friday?

WW: Everything going into the course you’ve got to keep everything fine-tuned because this course can be your friend or a nightmare.

KNE: What are you looking forward to the most?

WW: For me, it’s the start of my last tournament so I want to post a good score to give me a chance going into Saturday.

KNE: What is going to be success for you at state?

WW: Driving and putting. If they’re both on I feel like I can play really good.

James Folz (HHS)12:24 p.m., No. 1

KNE: How does it feel to be representing your school and the region at the state tournament?

JF: It feels great to represent Hopkinsville High at state. It’s been a while since we’ve had someone go. It feels good to change things up. Representing Region Two is a big honor. There were many great golfers in the region and to come out as one of the best means a lot.

KNE: What have you worked on leading up to Friday?

JF: I’ve worked on every part of my game. I’ve got my tee shots and approach shots straightened out and I’m rolling the ball better on the greens.

KNE: What are you looking forward to the most?

JF: I’m most looking forward to being able to compete with the best golfers in the state. It is rare when you have a field full of the best from every part of the state.

KNE: What is going to be success for you at state?

JF: Success at state for me would be posting two rounds around par and finishing in the top 30 or so. Either way just going there in general is a big success because of all the work that’s been put in over the offseason and into this season. Anytime work pays off it’s a big success.

Grayson Thomas (TCHS) 12:24 p.m., No. 10

KNE: How does it feel to be representing your school and the region at the state tournament?

GT: It’s an honor to represent my school. Really excited about going. I’ve waited two years, it just hasn’t worked out the past couple of years. Glad it worked out this time.

KNE: What have you worked on leading up to Friday?

GT: I’ve really been going to the driving range a lot, just working on making my swing smooth. I’ve worked on chipping and putting because one thing that’s saved me was up-and-downs at regionals and I had to keep that on point. Coming out of regionals, I pulled a muscle in my back so I haven’t really been able to make any full swings but as many as I could make I made it. I’m really trying to focus on smoothness.

KNE: What are you looking forward to the most?

GT: Just the experience. To get to go there and experience that, enjoy the moment.

KNE: What is going to be success for you at state?

GT: Making the cut would be great. I guess that’s my main goal but if I don’t, I’m still going to be happy that I got to be able to go to state.

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