Fairfield junior Isaiah Logue made history on Tuesday. He became the first male golfer in the YAIAA to win a PIAA Golf Championship since Eastern York's Rod Crumbling did so in 1984.
On Tuesday, day two of the state tournament at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York, Logue shot an even par-71 to finish with a two-day total of 145. He finished two strokes better than second place finishers Matt Barto, from Leechburg and Cole Miller, from Northwestern Lehigh.
"I guess it will take a little bit of time to sink in," Logue said. "But as of right now, I am still calm like I was in districts."
The past two weeks have been a swing of emotions for Logue. Last week at regionals, he shot in 80 and was on the verge of not
"The regional tournament was a downer," he said. "To come out here and be the state champion, I went from really sad to really happy. I just don't show it. On the inside I am pretty ecstatic."
Logue and the other golfers faced ugly conditions when they teed off Tuesday morning. Gray skies and rain dampened the mood and the quality of play for many golfers. Logue on the other hand came out and proceeded to birdie the first hole.
On the second hole, the rain affected him for the first time.
"My club grips were wet," Logue said. "My drive hit the tree and took a 90 degree angle 100 yards to the right. At that point my goal was to make par or bogey. I went in succession, driver, six iron, four iron, wedge and lipped out the par putt."
The poor conditions continued throughout the front nine and then gave way to warmer temperatures and clear skies.
Logue recovered and shot a front nine total of 37, the lowest of any Class AA golfer.
Logue began to assert himself in position to win the title on the 15th hole. It was a par three and Logue drove his tee shot into the rough just to the left of the green. He followed that up with a chip shot that put him 10 feet from the hole and ended up saving par.
On the next hole, a par-four, 357-yard hole. Logue's drive landed about 30-yards short of the hole. He then hit a perfect chip shot that landed within 10-feet of the hole and then he finished the hole off with a birdie that put him at one-under par for the day.
Logue pared the 17th and bogeyed 18 to finish the round even.
While most golfers would have responded with a more emotional reaction, Logue's response almost signaled that he was not content.
That was not more evident than right after his round while he was waiting to hear official word that he won the Class AA title, he patiently and calmly stood looking out the balcony at the rest of the golfers finishing their rounds while Ridge anxiously looked on at the scoreboard.
"Satisfaction is not something in his vocabulary," Ridge said. "He loves the game. Expect big things from him in years to come."
In Class AAA, Dallastown's Brandon Greenplate came into Tuesday in fifth place with a first day score of 73.
Day two, however, was full of ups and downs. Greenplate birdied two holes and pared eight holes.
"I was in it all day," Greenplate said. "I got in my own head a little bit. For most of the day I hit the ball pretty solid. I hit a lot of fairways and greens. It was just three holes that really got me."
The first of those three was the 11th hole in which Greenplate missed a downhill put that lipped out, and then missed the comeback putt for a double bogey. He was sitting at seven-over on the tournament heading into the 17th and 18th holes. That is when the struggles came back.
"I had very bad club choice," he said. "Those things happen. I had a good year, accomplished my goals and had a lot of fun."
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