Forrester signs with Wallace State

GERALDINE — Logan Forrester enjoyed a career that made him one of the elite golfers in Geraldine High School history.

On May 23, Forrester joined the top two-year program in Alabama when he signed with Wallace State Community College of Hanceville.

Led by head coach Dan York and assistant coach Ches Harris, the Lions finished third in the Alabama Community College Conference Tournament and second in the NJCAA District 4 Tournament, which qualified them for the NJCAA Tournament.

Wallace State finished 14th in the national event. It was the Lions’ 22nd appearance in the tournament under York, who is a member of the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

Forrester was 5 years old when he first played golf, but he didn’t become serious about the game until he started playing for the Bulldogs as a freshman.

“It’s what I’ve been looking forward to since I started in ninth grade,” Forrester said of the opportunity to play in college.

“There were a few different places I considered, but the school is really good and I loved the campus, the coaches and players at Wallace.”

Forrester is the third member of Wallace State’s 2016-17 signing class that includes his friend Anthony Lumpkin of Douglas, who signed last November. Harris said the Lions want to sign one more golfer.

“Logan’s record speaks for itself,” Harris said. “He posted some really good numbers, and as impressive as that is, his work ethic and his desire are as impressive as anything. It’s a rarity to get that with a player.”

Forrester made All-DeKalb County as a sophomore.

As a junior, he was selected All-DeKalb County and won low medalist in the DeKalb County Tournament. He led the Bulldogs to the Class 3A North Substate and competed in the Class 3A State Tournament as an individual, finishing 10th.

Forrester’s senior season was filled with highlights. He made All-DeKalb County for the third year in a row and won low medalist honors while leading the Bulldogs to their first DeKalb County Tournament championship since 2006.

He paced the Bulldogs to the 3A, Section 3 championship by winning low medalist. Geraldine competed in the North Substate.

Forrester capped his prep career by qualifying for the Class 3A State Tournament as an individual, where he tied for sixth.

He’s also won five Alabama Junior Golf Association tournaments.

“Logan is such a hard worker,” said Geraldine head coach Jeremy Smith. “He loves it and spends all kind of time hitting balls and practicing. That’s kind of what sets him apart from most of the other kids.

“He’s a real good ball striker. One thing he needs to work on is his putting. From tee to green he’s pretty good. He’s pretty smart and plays the course real well. He manages it very well.

“Logan does a good job managing his emotions. He never gets too high or too low. His demeanor is always very even keel.

“He’s been an inspiration to these guys. He’s been a leader and they look up to him, and they see what it takes in order for them to get to that level, the hard work and the time you have to put in.”

Forrester said his Bulldog career is filled with memories and “a lot of fun times with my team.”

“There’s the state tournament and the playoff holes at Silver Lakes my junior and senior years,” Forrester said. “That was a lot of pressure but a lot of fun too.

“The hole-in-one at the state tournament, that was my favorite moment in high school.”

Forrester won substate playoffs to secure his state tournament berths. He carded the first hole-in-one of his career in the 2017 state tournament.

He expressed thanks to his family for their encouragement and support during all his tournaments and matches.

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