For Fairfield High's Isaiah Logue, the weather conditions on the second day of the PIAA Golf Championships were ideal.
For the rest of the golfers on the Heritage Hills Golf Resort course, the gray skies and steady downpour were miserable. Their scores reflected as much.
"I practice in weather that is much worse than it was there," Logue said. "I will practice at Mountain View (Golf Course) in stuff much worse. To me, it's not that bad, and I want it to start to rain harder because that is when the kids become more discouraged and it only helps me even more because I practiced in that stuff to begin with."
Logue's experience with what most people would call less than ideal conditions helped him to capture to PIAA Class AA state championship. He finished with a two-day total of 145, winning by two strokes. His even-par round on the second day helped him overcome a two-stroke deficit after the first day.
Logue won five of the six YAIAA Division III tournaments he played, the YAIAA Individual Tournament, and the District 3 Class AA Tournament.
His success on the course has earned him the All-Area Golfer of the Year title for the second straight season.
"It (winning states) has finally started to sink in," Logue said. "I started thinking about it and getting a little more excited about it. I was thinking about having my name in the record books alongside some of the greatest golfers ever like Arnold Palmer and Jim Furyk. Not many people can say that they have their name in that book."
Logue headed into the year with high goals. He wanted to have a scoring average below 70 and score under par for every regular-season event, which he did except for the one division tournament that he lost. He wanted to make it to states and win everything from counties to states, which he did except for the PIAA Class AA East Regional.
"The goal was to make it to states and win there because that's the big one." Logue said.
To prepare for his junior season, Logue had some rather unusual training methods. Aside from getting out on the course as often as he could, Logue also practiced his putting on the green that his dad had built the prior year. He also watched all of the golf he could, whether it was PGA Tour events, mini-tour events or college golf.
The most unusual training, though, was that Logue played golf on the Wii.
Logue spends roughly six to seven hours a day practicing. Logue can often be found at the Mountain View Golf Course working on his chipping or at the driving range.
Despite the success that he experienced this year, Logue is far from satisfied. He only took a few days off after states before heading back out onto the golf course. He cannot stop training. There are too many goals he wants to achieve and so much more of his game that he feels he can improve to just sit around.
"Right now, I am working on refining my swing. As it starts to get colder, I will start swimming, doing cardio and lifting," Logue said. "My goal's going forward are to win a few AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) events, improve my ranking, get attention from college coaches, improve my scoring average to 66 and win states again."
Logue has a lot of experience on the big stage, as he spent much of the summer playing events through the AJGA, in which he is ranked 156th in the Polo Rankings. It is that experience that has helped Logue push his game to new limits.
"I think it helped more on a mental level than a physical level," Logue said. "Golf is 90 percent a mental game and, if mentally you are not with it, you cannot perform on a higher level. When you make it to districts, regionals and states and are playing against golfers that are as good as you, if not better, then playing at higher levels of competition kind of acclimates you to it and you kind of expect it."
Logue's success on the course has led to some interest from NCAA Division I colleges. Logue has heard from James Madison, Purdue and Liberty.
Most known for his booming drives, Logue also has significantly improved his iron play.
"I am now able to work the ball anyway I want," Logue said. "I can hit it low, high, mid-flight and have the confidence to hit any shot I want. but I can constantly improve my play."
Logue's most memorable moment of the season came when he played a practice round with Heritage Hills golf pro Bill Branders.
"He helped me with how to play hole 18," Logue said. "I remembered what he said, and it really helped my approach with the hole."
Logue's play on 18 helped secure his state title.
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