BY SAM SCINTA WEEKLY REPORTER
Golf is a game of inches. It is a game of good breaks and bad, with almost no rhyme or reason for it. It is a game of mental fortitude and innate muscle memory. Golf is also a game that O’Fallon’s Logan Harris is very good at.
The Senior is coming off of a breakout 2015 season which saw him place in the top 69 golfers at the IHSA State Finals, and a strong summer that saw him climb the ranks of the PGA Junior Golf circuit.
But it isn’t so much his past that makes him this week’s Athlete of the Week as it is his steady dominance in 2016. Boys Golf is undefeated, and while it has been a strong showing for the team as a whole, the Panthers can attribute a large portion of the success to their star’s consistency, a fact that isn’t lost on Head Coach Kevin Kellerman.
“Logan is a kind of kid that doesn’t come around very often,” Kellerman told the Weekly. “He’s played varsity golf for us every year since he was a freshman, and he was the first [OTHS Golfer] to go to State since I think 2005.”
Harris has three tournament crowns to his name so far in 2016, medaling at the Goalby-Haas Invitational and the St. Clair County tournament, as well as tying for first at the Quincy Invitational. Harris leads the team in average score at 36, four strokes ahead of the next best Panther.
Logan is also the Vice President for the OTHS Class of 2017.
“I love the control in which he plays; he’s always within himself,” Kellerman added. “He’s very good with his teammates. He’s very positive, and he takes the underclassmen under his wing and tries to help them.”
As far as future plans, Harris is currently undecided as to how he will continue his career in college, but his play on the links has certainly drawn the attention of colleges, such as Missouri S&T, who has come to see him shoot in person.
“He’s very unique,” Kellerman finished by saying. “This kind of player doesn’t come around every day”
Logan is the son of Teresa and Todd Harris.