James Folz could just never get going at his first state tournament appearance, and the Hopkinsville junior missed the cut by one shot Friday at the Leachman Buick-GMC-Cadillac/KHSAA State Tournament.
A pair of double bogeys in his first four holes kept Folz playing catch-up all day. He made the turn at 7-over and bobbled on hole No. 1 with a double bogey that pushed him to 9-over. Folz then found his way with birdies on holes 2, 4, and 6 to knock a shot off his score.
Folz made par on holes 7 and 8 and stood at 8-over entering his final hole of the day, the par-4 ninth hole. Folz double-bogeyed for the fourth time on the day and saw his score slip to 82 (+10). That final hole would prove costly as the cut line was +9.
While the ending was disappointing, the season proved successful for Folz, who will anchor a Hopkinsville team in 2020 that is slated to return everyone from this year’s squad that finished third at region.
Marshall County’s Jay Nimmo was the leader after the first round with a 3-under 69.