Student athlete wins city title

Dennis Marshall


Photo courtesy of USI Sports Information

University of Southern Indiana junior golfer Logan Osborne shot a seven-under par, 277, to win the 84th Courier and Press City Golf Tournament at the Evansville Country Club.

Osborne, who was trailing Indiana University senior David Mills and ten-time champion Kevin Wassmer going into the final round, posted the score of the day — a 67, 4-under par.

“Every hole is different, no matter what you do on the last hole. Every hole is a new hole that you can try to make birdie on it,” Osborne said. ”I was really just focused on shooting a good score.”

Osborne hopes to carry the momentum from this win into his collegiate season this spring with USI.

“To win this, hopefully I use this to propel my career and win a few college tournaments,” Osborne said.

Eagles golf coach Jim Cheaney also played in the city tournament, shooting a score of 156 through the first two rounds.

“Logan is very serious at his sport. He’s a gifted individual, but he got to be gifted by working hard at what he does,” Cheaney said. “It’s not a surprise that Logan won this tournament.“

Cheaney said the level of competition does not affect Osborne, and that good college players have an advantage because of they get to play top-notch competition throughout the year.

“Logan (Osborne) sees competition as competition, it doesn’t matter who it is,” Cheaney said. “He knows other people are good players, but he knows the whole thing is all about how he plays.”

Cheaney said Osborne is extremely competitive and gives nothing away on the golf course. Cheaney has nicknamed him the “silent assassin,” based on the way he handles business on the golf course.

“His demeanor is always even keel and he challenges me to play my best every time we play together,” said Jordon Wildt, Osborne’s sophomore teammate.

Wildt shot a 161, but did not make the cut. He said Osborne has great striking ability and hits plenty of greens in regulation.

“He is tough to beat,” Wildt said. “He played to his potential validating why he made his way to the super-regionals in college golf.”

USI had three additional players competing in the city tournament: Zach Thomas, Tanner Mandel and Nolan Ballard played each played two rounds. Thomas shot 132 through three rounds, but was disqualified from the tournament in the fourth. Mandel and Ballard respectively shot 311 and 152.