The Life of a Mountaineer – Logan Perkins

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – West Virginia University Senior Logan Perkins is one of five Mountaineer golfers competing in this year’s Big 12 golf championship, which begins today at Whispering Pines Golf Club in Trinity, Texas.

Perkins is also one of three climbers ranked in the PGA TOUR University Top 125 at No. 104.

The Locust Grove, Georgia resident recently said he was strictly a baseball player until he changed schools when he was around 13. The father of one of the guys he hung out with at his new school owned the local golf course.

“I started hanging out with them and started playing golf,” Perkins said. “I was terrible and for about a year they destroyed me and I got sick of it, so I literally trained every day. Then I got good and was like, ‘I think I like it better than baseball. ‘”

He ended up becoming one of Georgia’s top junior golfers and ended up winning a scholarship to play at WVU.

Perkins says he learned pretty quickly what he needed to do to become a regular college golfer.

“To come back to my official visit, coach (Sean Covich) showed me the van, and he said, “If you don’t wait in line, this van is going to leave the parking lot without you, so you better do what you have to do to make the trip. ” I told him the van wasn’t going to leave without me, even though I had no idea what college golf was at the time,” Perkins recalled.

“I was pretty good at junior golf in Georgia, and I came in and was like, ‘No problem, I’ll get my spot.’ The first qualifying, I don’t know what I shot, but it wasn’t good, and I probably finished eighth or ninth out of the nine or 10 guys we had at the time, and I looked at some of the older guys in the line-up wondering, ‘What did these guys do to get a spot in the roster?’ “

What Perkins quickly discovered was that they were always in the fairway when sometimes it wasn’t.

“It might not be very low every time, but just around par and it’s all in play,” he says. “They don’t get into a lot of trouble on the course, and they know where to miss it and what to do at the right time.

“So I learned quickly from that, and decided that was where I was going to go with my game – hitting a lot of fairways, trying to hit a lot of greens and on days that I putt well and I’m well I’m gonna have a really good number posted,” he explains. “On the days I’m not hitting very well, I’m going to rely on my short game.

“I’ve always been a very good corner player, and I would say that’s what stands out the most. When I get close to the greens, I was able to save a lot of pars in situations that were probably important for the game. team that ends up in tournaments or in Big 12 matches,” he adds.

As Perkins puts the finishing touches on his college career, he said he has accomplished almost everything he wanted to do as a college golfer.

“I haven’t won any tournaments, but I’ve played a lot of really good tournaments,” he said. “Every year I’ve been lucky enough to attend all of these events and show what I’ve got. It’s gone by pretty quickly, but the teams we’ve had and some of the guys I’ve been able to meet and playing with it made for a pretty good trip. I probably wouldn’t want to spend it anywhere else.

Perkins and his Mountaineer teammates will be paired with Iowa State this morning in the first round of the Big 12 Championships. Play continues through Wednesday.

This week’s Mountaineer’s Life was produced by Sean Merinar and is presented by WVU Medicine.

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