Hastings junior Terry Kuhn admitted he was nervous for a large part of day one at the Class AAA state boys' golf tournament Tuesday, June 11, at Bunker Hills Golf Club. However, he was able to bounce back on day two and finished strong at his first state tournament appearance.
"I was definitely nervous because there were people behind me watching, I had a few buddies there and then once I got up to the ball I just took a deep breath, relaxed and hit it down the fairway," he said. "I was nervous pretty much the whole time, I just couldn't really get comfortable the first eight holes, I've never had such a big group following me but that was fun. Tons of support, pretty much the whole golf team was there and then I had a few other friends there."
Kuhn shot a day one score of 84-12-over-par-which was not ideal but said eventually he was able to settle down.
"Yeah I'd probably say it was on one of the short par-4s, kind of just let me hit a nice, easy drive and then a wedge in and an easy two put and I felt good," he said.
For day two, he said he just wanted to keep his score in the 70s and have fun. Kuhn accomplished that by going 1-over-par on the front nine on day two. After a rough start to the back nine where he went bogey-bogey, Kuhn responded with a tap-in eagle on the par-5 13th to get back to 1-over on the day. He ended with a score of 6-over on the back and 7-over for the day, a 79. His two-day score of 163 put him in a tie-for-65th.
While at moments Kuhn struggled around the greens, he said he was happy with the other aspects of his game.
"I thought I was hitting fairways pretty good today (Wednesday) and then yesterday," Kuhn said. "Approach shots were pretty good today and got better at the end of the day yesterday."
Kuhn stood out from the golfers in his group and most on the course with his pace of play. Similar to his predecessor at state former Raider standout Nick Dittrich, Kuhn has a quick pace of play that makes his fellow competitors look even slower.
"Yeah for sure, I don't like staying on the course for more than four-and-a-half hours," he said. "The longer you sit over the ball, the more thoughts that go through your head, same thing with a putt. You look at it for 30 seconds, maybe, line it up and just let it go."
Heading into the summer, Kuhn will play on the Minnesota Junior Golf PGA (Professional Golf Association) Player's Tour. He will play in a five or six tournaments over the summer and said the competition will be similar to that of what he faced at the state tournament. The Player's Tour is a level up from where he played on the Junior PGA last summer, during which he won two tournaments in a week. On top of those wins, he was also a runner-up and finished 10th.