In this edition of Reed Between the Lines: Grafton Bearcats’ Golfer Logan Jones
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a senior at Grafton High School and a dual-enrollment student through Fairmont University studying aviation. I am on the golf team for Grafton High School. I play golf almost every single day when I am not spending time with the ones I love or studying for my classes. I am very proud of where I come from. I wouldn’t trade Grafton, West Virginia for anything!
When and why did you start playing organized golf?
I started playing organized golf when I was around 9. I realized when I was a freshman in high school that kids my age and my best friend (Caden Moore) played golf as well. It gave me a relaxation period throughout the day while still working towards a goal.
Who is your favorite sports hero and why?
Tiger Woods. His first name says everything about him, applied to the game of golf. He has overcome very many obstacles in his personal and golf life. And I admire that.
What do you do to calm your butterflies before a match?
Before a match I like to talk to my mom and dad and go to the driving range to clear my head.
What is your favorite movie about sports?
“The Greatest Game Ever Played” because of the background story that golf brings mentally, and how it is possible to overcome.
What is the most bizarre question you have ever been asked by someone about golf?
When someone asked me “is playing golf even that fun?” Golf to a lot of people isn’t fun, simply because they have not tried it out and don’t realize how hard it really is.
What is the one thing you always do after shooting a solid round?
Continue having a great day and go out to eat with other players and friends of the team.
What are your best and worst memories in athletics?
My best memories of golf are realizing that there can never be good enough, you must always chase to be better every single day. My worst memory is when I gave up playing organized golf my sophomore through my junior year of high school. I now look back on that as time I will never get back to enjoy.
How do you balance academics and sports?
It’s not an easy accomplishment, I just have to remember to keep myself on track and stay self-disciplined.
What’s the golf team’s outlook for this season?
Our golf team’s outlook is definitely looking great. We have an amazing coach, with parents that help do everything for us to keep us on track. Our team’s players are all very dedicated and put in the work that will take us far.
If you could be a successful professional athlete in any other sport, what sport would you choose and why?
Basketball. Basketball is fun, and very hands-on and competitive.
Give me one word or phrase to describe your current head coach, Ed Moore.
An amazing person in general. He is definitely a leader and stays very enthusiastic for us. He is the person who helps bring the team up when we are discouraged. Ed has done great things for our team, and we all appreciate him.
You get to spend the day with anyone (past or present), who do you choose and why?
Tiger Woods. I would want to go golfing with him and ask him things so he could help coach me in golf.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Still playing golf all the time but spending time with the ones I love, and also becoming very successful.
What do you think you do well as a golfer?
I think I keep a level head while being competitive. My mental game with golf is usually not to get over-excited and not super-angry. I like to stay as calm as I can.
What do you think you need to work on as a golfer?
There is never just one thing you can work on as a golfer. In my opinion, I need to work on being a better golfer in general and strategizing to shave more strokes off of every round.
Where is your favorite golf course to play a round (other than Tygart Lake)?
Edgewood Country Club in Charleston. Edgewood is a beautiful course, and sort of flat to play on.
Should kids concentrate on a single sport or play multiple sports?
Student athletes shouldn’t focus on just one sport, because as a kid, you will never truly know what your passion is. Play everything while you can, because soon enough you will never get to do it again.
What did you think of these questions?
These questions were very easy to answer because they were straight forward and off the top of my head.
*Each week the Mountain Statesman features a coach, player or personality from Taylor County. We hope you enjoy the chance to learn a little bit more about them.