Monday, May 10, 2010

Hopewell golfer, Logan Harrell, has PGA Tour goal

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Logan Harrell is always thinking about his next opportunity.

When he started at Hopewell High school four years ago, he wanted to become one of the top players in the area in both high school and junior golf circuit. On the verge of his collegiate career, he is already thinking about what he will need to do be a standout at the University of South Carolina. Even now, the Hopewell senior is also already planning and thinking about what he will need to do to prove himself one day a professional golfer.

Harrell fired a 2-under 72 at Pinehurst No. 8 to tie for the first day lead at the N.C. 4A state golf championships Monday.

“I’ve proved myself as a junior golfer, and now I’m going to have go out and prove myself as a amateur and (collegiate) golfer,” Harrell said, who is 18 right now. “When I’m done at South Carolina, then I plan to go out and prove myself as a professional.”

While Harrell has set lofty goals, there is no reason to doubt him, as his accomplishments to this point speak for themselves.

Harrell is not only one of the best golfers in the state in high school, but also one of the top players in the nation on the junior circuit. Harrell is currently ranked No. 1 in North Carolina, No. 11 in his graduating class nationwide and No. 22 (in any age group) overall by golfweekly.com

Last summer, he not only finished in the top 10 of 10 of his 13 (junior) events, but also was a reached the semifinals of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur, played and competed in the U.S. Amateur. Harrell was named N.C. Junior Player of the Year by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) for his efforts.

This season, has been more of the same as Harrell was named I-Meck co-golfer of the year with North Meck’s Danny Pizetoski and finished second at the 4A West Regional golf tournament last week with 3-under par 69. Even now, Harrell is not satisfied and is looking for bigger and better results.

“I played alright, but when you think about it this was just a qualifier,” Harrell said of the regional event at Skybrook Golf Club. “Winning at the state championship meet is what really matters and is what I really want to do. “

After this week's state tournament, Harrell will hit the meat of his junior schedule is what he hopes will prepare him for his freshman year at South Carolina.

“I could have gone just about anywhere to play college golf,” Harrell said, whose scoring average is 71. “But I picked South Carolina because I think they have the best golf coach in the country (Bill McDonald) and I wanted to learn from the best.”

For now, Harrell hopes to keep playing and getting better and better as he practices nearly every day of the week and plays at least 72 holes a week. Harrell says while he has come a long way, he has still got an even longer way to go.

“My game feels the best it’s ever felt right now, but I won’t be happy with that,” Harrell said. “My goal is always to get to the next level, no matter what that is. I always feel like I can be working to make myself a better player.”

Profile of Hopewell’s Logan Harrell

Age: 18

State Rank (juniors): 1st

National Rank (age group): 11th

National Rank (any age): 26th

Scoring Average: 71 (point-something he says)

2009 Junior Golf Highlights: Semifinals of U.S. Junior Amateur; 10 top 10’s in 13 events.

2009 Hopewell H.S. Highlights: Finished 4th at state meet.

2010 Highlights: Tied-2nd at regionals; I-Meck co-player of the year.

-- Special Correspondent Jay Edwards

1 comments:

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