For Logan Otter, the summer golf season is going great.
Otter, who lives in St. Peters, will be a senior this fall at John Burroughs, the defending Class 1 state champion girls golf team. Last fall, she finished third at the state tournament – and her resume has gotten brighter since winning the Missouri Women’s Golf Association 55th annual Junior Girls Championship at WingHaven Country Club in O’Fallon.
She followed that win with a victory in the qualifier to represent Missouri in the Big “I” National Championship set for Aug. 5-8 at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West Virginia. The qualifier was played at the Jefferson City Country Club.
2014 was Otter’s first year in the Junior Girls Championship.
“I had a solid spring season and had been playing well heading into the tournament, so I was excited to go out and play my game,” Otter said.
She shot a first round 2-under 70, remarkably with six birdies on the back nine, earning medalist honors for the state tournament. Finishing with a final round 75 for a total of 145, Otter took home the silver trophy as 2014 Junior Champion.
Rain plagued the first day of the junior championship. In fact, Otter was not able to finish her first round.
“The weather definitely affected my round. I had six pars in a row to start the tournament,” Otter said. “I wasn’t thrilled because I had birdie opportunities that I wasn’t capitalizing on. I ended the front nine with three bogies so I knew going to the back that I needed to make those strokes back.”
And she did.
“I started with four straight birdies, had a par, and then another birdie,” Otter said. “Then I was about to hit my wedge shot into the par 5 16th when they blew the horn. I was in such a great run and it wasn’t even raining yet so I was not pleased.”
However, stopping play proved to be the correct move.
“It was definitely the right decision by the committee, because it started pouring shortly after,” Otter said. “The greens became flooded very quickly. So I was not able to finish that round out with the great tempo I had created.”
She came out the next morning to a soaking wet golf course and went par, bogey and birdie to finish out her first round. The 2-under 70 was the low score so she took medalist honors, which is based on first-round scores.
It was one of Otter’s best rounds, but she didn’t maintain that momentum in her final 18 holes.
“My second round of 75 was not what I wanted, but it got the job done,” Otter said. “I had a triple on the fifth hole, which really cost me. I did end my round with eight straight pars though, which was solid.”
When Otter won the Big “I” qualifier in Jefferson City she shot a 155 on rounds of 77 and 78. She bested Westminster Christian Academy graduate Jordan Wolf, of St. Charles, by four strokes and Elizabeth Leath, of Chesterfield, by 11 strokes. Leath will be a senior at Parkway Central this fall.
Otter has big plans for her senior season under coach Ellen Port. And rightly so, she was the top player on the area’s top team as the Bombers won their first ever state championship. She fired a 69 to win the Metro League championship and then had a pair of second-place finishes behind Westminster’s Jessica Dreesbeimdieke, who won the state tournament, with a 79 at districts and a 75 at sectionals. At the Class 1 tournament she finished third, shooting a 156.
“Coach Port is a great player and I have learned a lot from her,” Otter said.
She added that she what she wants to do this fall at Burroughs.
“My goal is to win the state championship individually and lead the team to defend our title and win for the second year in a row,” she said.