McGinn takes fifth at Junior World Championships

PHOTO PROVIDED Logan McGinn stands with his golf bag at the Under Armor World Championships.

Logan McGinn of South Williamsport is no stranger to the game of golf. He’s been picking up and swinging clubs and make putts for as long as he can remember. But no matter where he’s playing at or who he’s playing against — be it a youth Future Masters tournament or just a friendly group on a course — he’s constantly looking to improve.

Golf is all about getting better and improving your game, from driving to chipping and everything in between. And for McGinn? Well, he’s definitely improved and keeps getting better.

Recently, McGinn finished fifth in the boys 9-11 age range at the Under Armor Junior World Championships at Disney. It featured not only top golfers from the United States, but also from Qatar, Guatemala, Chile, Brazil, Thailand, Venezuela, UAE, El Salvador, Australia, Peru, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Mexico, Bolivia, Ecuador, Portgual and Panama.

“The competition at the Under Armor World Championships in Disney was pretty intense. With the age group being 9-11, it is tough as a 10-year-old to compete with the very best 11-year-olds in the world,” McGinn said. “It is always really cool to play with boys from other parts of the world. Their accents are really coo to hear too and because of golf, I have made friends all over the world.”

Golf has taken McGinn and his family, including his father Paul who is his caddy, to various tournaments all over the United States. He currently is playing in Pinehurst, North Carolina for the US Kids Golf World Championships and earlier this year was in Alabama for the U10 Future Masters event.

“Logan loves the grind. People comment all the time about how awesome they think it is that he could go to the range, hit 1,000 golf balls and somehow have fun doing it. A few years back, we made the sacrifice to join the Williamsport Country Club and that has honestly helped him improve his game the most,” Paul McGinn said. “The practice facilities there are the best in the area, the golf course is difficult but fair and really helps him prepare to play on the biggest stages of junior golf, and the members and staff are always so encouraging and helpful.

“Practice is where he improves the most but playing on the big stages against elite competition is all about the experience,” Paul McGinn added.

At the Under Armor Junior World Championships, McGinn took fifth by shooting a 5-under overall. He shot a par (72) in the first round and a five-under 67 in the second round. He was behind only Davis Petty (12-under), Niko Gordic-Renderos (10-under), Matthew Marigliano (10-under) and Hudson Justus (6-under), all of the United States.

“The first round I played pretty good but I just couldn’t get the putts to drop. The second round started out the same way but then on the back 9 I was on fire,” Logan McGinn said. “I continued to hit the ball close and giving myself birdie opportunities. The putts finally started to fall. I finished the last 9 holes at 4-under and had only 12 putts on that back 9.”

After taking fifth in Disney and having placed fifth each of the last two years at the US Kids Golf World Championships, McGinn has high expectations for his outing in Pinehurst.

“My expectations is to definitely come in top 5 again with the main goal of winning the tournament,” the 10-year-old South Williamsport golfer said, noting he also had a top-15 finish at the Under Armour Summer Nationals.

And no matter where he plays at, Paul McGinn is impressed by the success he continues to see out of his son every time he competes.

“Success on the course is just a by-product of his hard work off the course. What we are most proud of is how dedicated he is to getting better in all of his sports, not just golf,” Paul McGinn said. “The kid loves to compete. Most importantly, he has fun and is a good sport whether he wins or loses.”


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