Bridgeport native Woody Woodward has always dreamed of playing alongside the biggest names in golf. The recent high school graduate is taking one step closer to making those dreams a reality.
"The game of golf kind of means like an outlet almost for me," Bridgeport native and future Wake Forest golfer Woody Woodward said. "It's definitely a place where I've played it so long in my life to where I can kind of go and get away from everything. There's not much out here besides me. Plus I get to come out here and get to hang out with my brother and just play. It's definitely relaxing most times, then again it's almost what I do for a living now."
There's a saying that goes, 'If you do what you love, then you will never work a day in your life'. Woody Woodward is on the fast track to a career that's envied by every person who has ever picked up a golf club. Being a PGA Tour professional is a dream for most people, but for Woodward, it's a distinct possibility.
Bel Meadows Golf Course in Clarksburg was where it all started for Woody Woodward. But he credits the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport for taking his game to the next level, which will lead him all the way to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, as he prepares to suit up for the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons in the fall.
"Wake was kind of the perfect package for me. It was a little smaller, kind of like what I've grown up around. With the coaches up there and what they've been able to do with past kids in their program, such as Webb Simpson and Bill Haas and stuff like that. It's hard to pass something like that up," Woodward said.
Woodward began to turn some heads nearly two weeks ago when he teed off in the final pairing of the West Virginia Open in Parkersburg. Although he finished the tournament in 8th place, his day-two top score of 5-under-par was hard to ignore. But he said his game came a long way since the 8th grade, when an injury forced him to start back from the bottom.
"I had my shoulder surgery, and then had another one in my 9th grade year as well. That was kind of the turning point in my game," Woodward said. "So basically I missed a year and a half of golf. Looking back now, it was by far the best thing that has ever happened to me because it kind of gave me that extra drive. It definitely made me work way harder and I'm very thankful for it."
And as he heads off to college, he's reminded just how lucky he is, to do what he loves.
"You can't beat it. It's something you love to do, so it's nothing major," Woodward replied.