Logan Atkins is the latest Daily Record Player of the Week. The Midway golfer discusses his state-championship performance at Foxfire Resort and Golf Club.
JACKSON SPRINGS — The gallery buzz grew louder as Logan Atkins and the final group made their way to 18 at Foxfire Resort and Golf Club on Tuesday, May 10.
Midway’s junior standout figured his last round of this year’s North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2A Men’s Golf State Championships was already good enough to rank atop the leaderboard.
Still, Atkins left no doubt, knocking in the 30-foot uphill putt to save par and card a 72.
“It just felt good knowing that if that was the putt I had to make to win, I made it. So, I stepped up to the plate,” he said.
His lengthy save finished off the tournament’s only even-par round, earning a two-day total of 148 to claim the individual championship.
“I knew coming off the green ... then when I met Glenn (Patrick), he told me I had won and it was kind of surreal in the moment,” Atkins said.
After shooting 76 Monday, Atkins went out in 35 to start Day 2, sinking two birdies and only one bogey. After an opening bogey on the par-4 10th, he calmly put in pars all the way home to earn the school’s first individual trophy since two-time state medalist Logan Patrick took the 2A crown in 2019.
“They’re probably saying, ‘Where are these Logan’s coming from?’” joked Midway coach Glenn Patrick, whose son, Logan, was the program’s first state-title winner.
Atkins paced the Raiders each of the last two seasons, winning conference championships both years as well as the 2A Mideast team first-place trophy on May 2.
As a group, Midway won its second straight runner-up title with a total score of 665.
Caden Hodges, who finished just behind Atkins for third place, was proud of his teammates’ accomplishment despite falling just short of the collective goal.
“I’m glad we got a ring coming back to the school,” Hodges said. “Even though it wasn’t a bunch of them, it’s still one — better than none.
Atkins recently accepted an invite to the 2022 High School Golf Invitational, the national event that showcases 336 of the best prep golfers across the U.S., set for July 11 through 13 at Pinehurst Resort.
Below is Atkin’s acceptance speech along with his answers to a list of questions from the Daily Record staff.
ACCEPTANCE SPEECH: I’d like to thank God ... my parents, all the people that came out to support, Coach Glenn and Caden (Hodges).
FAVORITE MOVIE: “Elf”
FAVORITE GOLFER: Jack Nicklaus
FAVORITE RESTAURANT: Beefeaters.
FAVORITE SUBJECT: Math