Logan Harrell is always thinking about his next opportunity.
When he started at Hopewell four years ago, he wanted to become one of the top players in the area in both high school and junior golf circuit.
Now on the verge of his collegiate career, he is thinking about what he will need to do be a standout at the University of South Carolina.
Even now, the Hopewell senior is also planning and thinking about his future.
"I've proved myself as a junior golfer, and now I'm going to have go out and prove myself as a amateur and (collegiate) golfer," said the 18-year-old. "When I'm done at South Carolina, then I plan to go out and prove myself as a professional."
While Harrell has set lofty goals, there is no reason to doubt him, as his accomplishments speak for themselves.
Harrell is not only one of the best golfers in the state in high school, but also one of the top players in the nation on the junior circuit. He is currently ranked No. 1 in North Carolina, No. 11 in his graduating class nationwide and No. 22 overall - in any age group - by golfweekly.com
Last summer, he not only finished in the Top 10 of 10 of his 13 junior events, but also reached the semifinals of match play at the U.S. Junior Amateur and competed in the U.S. Amateur. He was named N.C. Junior Player of the Year by the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and the Tarheel Youth Golf Association (TYGA) for his efforts.
This season has been more of the same as Harrell was named I-Meck co-golfer of the year, along with North Meck's Danny Pizetoski, and finished second at the 4A West Regional golf tournament last week with a 3-under par 69.
But Harrell is not yet satisfied and is looking for bigger and better results.
"I played all right, but when you think about it, this was just a qualifier," Harrell said of the regional event at Skybrook Golf Club. "Winning at the state championship meet is what really matters and is what I really want to do."
Before the May 10-11 state meet, Harrell will have played in an E-Golf tour event at his home course, Bull's Bay, where he has trained under pro Ricky Sullivan for some time. Harrell will hit the meat of his junior schedule in the upcoming months, which he hopes will prepare him for his freshman year as a Gamecock.
"I could have gone just about anywhere to play college golf," said Harrell, whose scoring average is 71. "But I picked South Carolina because I think they have the best golf coach in the country (Bill McDonald), and I wanted to learn from the best."
For now, Harrell hopes to keep playing and getting better as he practices nearly every day and plays at least 72 holes a week. Harrell says while he has come a long way, he has an even longer way to go.
"My game feels the best it's ever felt right now, but I won't be happy with that," Harrell said. "My goal is always to get to the next level, no matter what that is. I always feel like I can be working to make myself a better player."