For local club pros, three tournaments stand out above all others. There is the Philadelphia Open in August, which is almost as old as the U.S. Open; and there is the Section Championship in September, which is sort of their version of the PGA Championship. In both cases, victory is about the prestigious title.
Joe Logan covers golf for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition to writing his popular "Playing a Round" column most Sundays for the Inquirer's Golf Report, Logan travels the country and the world to follow the PGA, LPGA and Seniors Tours, as well as the top amateur circuit. A native of North Carolina, the award-winning reporter played competitive junior and small-college golf, before conceding that his future was at the keyboard rather than on the tour. He promptly transferred to the University of South Carolina, where he earned a degree in journalism. Prior to stumbling into his dream job in 1995, Logan spent almost two decades at the newspaper writing about topics as varied as presidential politics to movie stars. He is a frequent contributor to several national golf publications. Thanks largely to his job description, Logan manages to maintain a handicap of just under 5.