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The Drill: Powers patiently works to hone his golf skills

Worthington High School golfer Logan Powers has achieved good marks as a sophomore, and his determination to work at the game is a major reason why

Worthington Trojans golfer Logan Powers.
Worthington Trojans golfer Logan Powers is a hard worker, and it shows.
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WORTHINGTON -- Logan Powers recently looked back on his hot start to the 2022 high school golf season.

“So I medaled in my first two meets, and the first meet I was just really hitting my irons and driver real well,” he said. “And the second meet, it was just a really nice day out -- which we got lucky -- and I shot a 38 there and medaled, which I think I played good because it was just nicer out.”

Since then, in good weather or bad, the Worthington High School sophomore has continued vying for top meet and tournament honors. Consistency is something the young Trojan is constantly shooting for, and because of that kind of dedication Powers is always a threat to lead the golfing field.

It’s a treat to watch him hit his driver and long irons during practice sessions at Worthington’s GreatLIFE Golf and Fitness Club. The ball literally seems to jump off his clubs. His swing is smooth and measured. Golf balls, it seems, like to do what he wills them to do.

Powers, who also plays hockey at WHS, began golfing when he was about 10 years old, which isn’t really long ago. The first time he tried the sport, he recalls that he didn’t really like it because there was so much “patience” involved with it.

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A few short years later, however, he was absolutely in love with the game.

So he took every opportunity to practice. He became hooked (his iron shots continued to be straight; it was just his brain that became hooked on the sport).

“I think that a lot of people don’t know that I’d say that I’m almost addicted to golf,” he explains. “I’m here (at the golf course) all the time. If I’m not doing anything, I’m here -- especially since they got the new pool. It’s just a really fun place to come hang out with your friends and eat food. It’s just a fun time.”

There are a lot of young people who, after they take up golf, fall in love with their drivers at the expense of their pitching wedges and putters. It’s fun to hit the ball a long way, and Powers is indeed a long hitter. But he also understands that it’s the shorter game that often makes the difference between being an also-ran or a medalist.

He gets it. And that’s why he’s been successful.

The Globe caught up to Powers recently at the local golf course to feature him in our latest Drill segment. You can see the video online at www.dglobe.com . Here’s a sample of the interview:

QUESTION: So what would you say is your strength as a golfer?

ANSWER: “The best part of my golf game, I’d have to say, is probably my driver. And my irons, so far this year. My weakness is probably my short game this year, which is one thing that I really want to work on this summer. Getting in trouble with my short game is, more or less, my putting. It’s just all my feel. It’s just one thing I find hard about the game, to get it and understand how to read greens.”

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QUESTION: What is the most valuable advice you’ve received?

ANSWER: “Some advice I’ve gotten is from my first-year golf coach, Mr. (John) Koller. It’s just really to work on the short game. I found out that that’s the most important part of the game. So the saying, ‘Drive for show, putt for dough’ is really true.”

QUESTION: Have you got a good sports story? Something that happened to you that you’ll always remember?

ANSWER: “One story that I’m always going to remember is last summer shooting my personal best round, which was a 72, which is one-over on 18 holes. I think that’s just going to really stick with me because that’s the point when I knew that I could shoot really good scores. And that’s made my confidence go up, too.”

Related Topics: HIGH SCHOOL GOLFING
Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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