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  • Photo By Terry Jacoby Katie Logan may be the only girl on the Cabrini golf team, but she has already made quite the name for herself and sat in the number two spot this season for the Monarchs.
  • Photo By Terry Jacoby Golf runs in Katie Logan’s blood. The 16-year-old received her first plastic set of clubs when she was just two-years-old.

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Occasionally, certain athletes stand out from others for certain reasons.

Some hockey goalies don’t wear socks; some soccer keepers wear a very unique shirt; and still others have less noticeable possessions that make them stand out from the rest.

For Allen Park Cabrini’s Katie Logan, what makes her stand out is an easy one.

Logan, 16, is the only girl on the Monarchs’ boys’ golf team.

Cabrini is without a girls’ golf team, but not playing a sport she loves wasn’t even a thought for Logan. So each spring season she grabs her clubs and heads out to the courses with the boys.

And she does quite well, fitting right in with the team, and not letting the fact that she is “different” get to her anymore.

“Playing on a boys’ team was a challenge at first,” Logan said. “During my freshman year, I remember thinking about how I couldn’t hit the ball as far as them. Now, I am stronger and I can shoot better scores. I like to think I can compete with them.”

Being the only girl on the team more often than not comes with the question as to whether or not it gets overwhelming and Logan has a simple answer.

“Of course it’s intimidating playing with the boys,” she said. “It’s intimidating playing against any good golfer.

“I usually just tell them that you get used to it.”

And Logan gets used to it by focusing in on just herself.

“The thing about golf that I like over other sports is the individual aspect of the game,” she said. “(It’s) such a great game because of the mental challenges and the will to do better after every shot.”

There’s still another aspect to Logan’s golfing career that some could view as a challenge, but Logan doesn’t see as a problem.

Dad Kevin Logan is the Cabrini boys’ golf coach.

“On the gold course my dad plays two roles; coach and encourager,” she said. “I say encourager because he is always cheering me on through my round and he keeps me distracted from getting upset.

“(He) always has something funny to say or a good story to tell that makes me laugh even if I don’t want to … when I’m having trouble, he shows me how to do things in a way that makes things simple.”

The support extends right to Logan’s mom, Lisa as well. Lisa helps husband Kevin out with the golf team during the season and can usually be found in a cart, following along behind Katie and giving moral support.

“My parents are very supportive of me,” Logan said.

For the 16-year-old, golf goes way back.

“Katie was practically born with a golf club in her hands,” dad Kevin said. “Our family has always been a golf family and Katie comes by it naturally.

“I bought her a set of plastic clubs when she was two for Christmas. I can still remember the first time she swung a club; it was as natural as it could be.

“The smile on her face was pure joy and it gave me a premonition of great things to come.”

Logan’s love of the game quickly grew and before her parents knew it she was making waves on local high school golf courses.

During her freshman year, Logan averaged a 46 in league matches. Her sophomore season saw more success and she averaged a 43 in league matches and shot an 86 in the Dearborn Invite.

She played in the number two spot all season for the Monarchs and has quickly, and not surprisingly, drawn the attention of opposing coaches and golfers as a competitor not to be taken lightly.

“She has a natural athletic swing and a desire to work hard to do what it takes to improve,” Kevin said. “Nobody on my team works harder than Katie.”

Dad has helped Logan get through some of those mental challenges that come with being the only girl on a team.

“She is usually the only girl competing, whether a league match, an individual or a state competition (and) we had many conversations about her not thinking she could compete, but I convinced her to stick it out,” he said. “This year it paid big dividends.

“She not only is on the team, but she had the low score twice. I’m glad to see her hard work has paid off. This has not only made her a better golfer, but a stronger minded individual. I am very proud of her and am excited to see what she can do in her bright future.”

For Logan, golf is a year-round sport and all year she works with Dan Thomas, a PGA professional at the Fox Hills Golf Course in Plymouth. It snow proves to be an issue, they switch things up to the Oasis Golf Course Center and work inside.

“Katie is a hard working individual and her golfing ability is improving quickly,” Thomas said. “It’s great to see her hard work pay off, but frankly, the 43 average Katie shot during the high school season is going to be a bad day next year.”

For Logan, it’s all about simply doing her best.

“This year, my goal in golf is to get a couple of round sin the 70’s between now and the end of summer,” she said. “My overall goals for golf is to go to a good college for golf and have fun doing it. I want to play until I can’t play anymore.”

In June, Logan was at the Michigan Girls Junior Amateur at Forest Akers where she shot an 81, just missing the qualifying spot by two shots, placing 18th out of 100 girls.

But Logan’s athletic abilities don’t stop there.

Back a Cabrini, she is the right-side hitter for the Monarchs’ volleyball team in the fall and in the winter, she plays Victor’s Volleyball at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, also as a right-side hitter.

With two years left in high school, there’s plenty of room for growth and improvement; two things that seem almost a given with the work ethic and accomplishments already.

Looking into the future, Logan wants to study English in undergrad and then attend law school to study family or environmental law. She has always thought about going to Michigan State, but has also entertained the idea of going down south, possibly to the University of Alabama.

But for now, she’ll stick with the Monarchs, improving her game and enjoying the time with her coach and dad.

“Golf can be such a rewarding game at times and it just makes you want to go out and keep practicing so you can reach your personal best,” she said. “Over and over again.”

Last Updated: 7/31/2014 9:23:26 PM EST