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South Williamsport’s Logan McGinn wins U10 Future Masters event in golf

PHOTO PROVIDED South Williamsport 10-year-old golfer Logan McGinn poses with the trophy he won during the Future Masters event in Alabama. McGinn shot a 67 on the 10-and-under course, one shy of tying the record.

Logan McGinn wasn’t worried or nervous heading into the 18th hole at the Future Masters tournament. He had put himself into a great spot through the previous 17 holes, but he wasn’t sure where he was at standings-wise with the remainder of the field.

But he did see his friend Benny Ossi on the hole behind him and knew he likely would either win or force a playoff pending how he did on No. 18.

“I wasn’t really nervous, but the adrenaline was definitely flowing,” the 10-year-old South Williamsport golfing standout said.

McGinn drove his tee shot 215 yards into the middle of the fairway and set himself up with a great approach onto the green roughly three feet from the hole for a birdie attempt.

After a few deep breaths, the 10-year-old putted and heard the ball sink into the cup. Just like that, McGinn was a champion.

PHOTO PROVIDED South Williamsport 10-year-old golfer Logan McGinn, second from right, poses with other golfers at Dothan Country Club in Dothan, Alabama, at the 73rd annual Future Masters tournament. McGinn won the tournament for the 10-and-under group with a score of 67, one shy of tying the course record.

The South Williamsport golfer quickly looked at his dad, who also serves as his caddie, and gave him a huge fist pump. The young McGinn shot a 67 on the 10-under course, one stroke shy of tying the course record.

“Honestly, I wasn’t surprised with Logan’s play here at the Future Masters because the kid works his tail off and does a great job getting prepared. We have two sayings that we live by: ‘big doors swing on little hinges’ and ‘output equals input,'” father Paul McGinn said. “Logan has bought into the fact that you only get out of something the sweat equity that you put into it. He has also developed a passion for taking care of the details and working on even the smallest, most insignificant parts of his game too. The dads of the kids he was paired with in that second to last group were very complimentary but one in particular summed up Logan’s round perfectly: ‘that was clinical.'”

The Future Masters event wasn’t Logan McGinn’s first rodeo when it comes to golfing on big stages. His family and he have traveled all winter between basketball practices and games to Virginia in November, Florida in December, January and February, and then March in the Big US Kids Golf Regional Championships. His resume features two wins in the Colonial Williamsburg Classic and Copperhead Classic, was runner-up in the Holiday Classic, took third at the Jekyll Island Cup and finished fifth at the UA Winter Nationals (the youngest in the top 5).

Logan also has played in the UA Local Tour in Baltimore, and won four of the six events he competed in.

“Obviously a lot of that has to do with growing and getting stronger, but he recently was asked to join Team TaylorMade by their Elite Junior Golfer Development team and the new TaylorMade equipment is awesome, so that helps with the distance gains and consistency,” Paul said.

All of that work and preparation throughout the winter and spring helped Logan get better at his game and it helped him end up winning the Future Masters event.

“I wasn’t surprised with my performance because I knew I put in the work and my game was in a really good place coming into the tournament,” Logan said. “In the first round, I got off to a slow start by being two-over through the first four holes, including a lip-out on a three-foot putt. I stayed patient and calm and went five-under over the final 14 holes. As for the record, I didn’t know that it was a four-under 66, so those thoughts weren’t even running through my mind.”

Prior to competing at the Future Masters event against some of the best golfers in his age group, Logan and his father wanted to start off with a fresh mind, and also a full stomach, hence their trip to a Waffle House for breakfast. After that, it was warming up on the range and practicing before getting started.

“By my tee time I was calm and confident,” Logan said. “The first two holes were solid pars and then I found my groove on the 12th hole. The birdie there got me locked in for the rest of the round.”

Logan McGinn knew that a lot of top current PGA Tour pros have competed in the event, such as current top-ranked golfer Scottie Scheffler, who won as a 10-year-old in 1996 and now has won the Masters.

“With how deep this field was — the top 40 10-and-under golfers in the country — I would rank this as my biggest accomplishment so far,” Logan said.

And that accomplishment is something the South Williamsport golfer is hoping he can build off as the remainder of the summer continues with tournaments.

“Since this is one of the top junior golf tournaments in the country, I know I can have a good shot at winning any event I play in,” Logan said. “The goal is always to get better each and every day. Someone in the world is always trying to outwork me, especially when they see me holding up a huge trophy like the one I won at Future Masters.”

Logan is off to Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, for the Under Armor Summer Nationals at PGA National before returning home to compete in Little League all-stars. Then he’s off to Disney in late-July for the UA World Championships, the US Kids World Championship in Pinehurst in early August, the Keowee Junior Ryder Cup in South Carolina (Aug. 20-21) and the Seaview Open in New Jersey (Sept. 3-4).

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