This is a golden age in York-area youth golf.
The 21-and-under crowd in these parts is putting up some absolutely phenomenal numbers.
Check out the York County Junior Golf Association Facebook page. There's a recent scorecard posted on that page from Isaiah Logue, who has won the two most recent York County Amateur Championships and is a former YCJGA player.
Playing at his home course of Mountainview, near Fairfield, Logue put up a score that simply boggles the mind — a 58.
You read that right — a 58. That's 13 under on the par-71 track. That included a 9-under-par 26 on the front nine. The card was signed and attested by two witnesses.
Logue posted the following message on the YCJGA site: "It's legit, believe me. Have two witnesses to back me up, and if all else fails I can always repeat history. :)"
Look, Mountainview is not the most challenging course in the world, but it's not Little Creek, either. Shooting a 58 is staggering.
Of course, shooting dazzling scores is nothing new for Logue. He's a two-time PIAA Class AA state champion and he recently qualified to compete in the U.S. Amateur. This fall, he'll play college golf at NCAA Division I Liberty University. The big left-hander is seriously good.
But he's far from the only local young golfer who's seriously good. For example, despite his impressive resume, Logue never won a York-Adams League championship. That speaks volumes about the depth of young golfers in this region.
Bill Brenner, a six-time York County Amateur champion and 23-time Briarwood East champion, recently acknowledged the talents of the area's young players.
"Darn young kids are so very, very good and it's tough to beat them," he said. "The great part, though, is that we have such a wonderful group of young, great players right now (in York County)."
Here's a look at some of the other top young golf guns in the region.
Rinehart: West York grad Josh Rinehart plans to play golf this season at Penn State. He won the District 3-AAA title last fall and is a three-time York-Adams League champion. He also recently fired a 6-under 66 at Harrisburg's Colonial Golf and Tennis Club to qualify for the prestigious Pennsylvania Open, which will be held next week at the Country Club of York.
Geiman: York Catholic's Nick Geiman also qualified for the Pennsylvania Open by shooting a 71 at Colonial. Geiman is also coming off a 4-under 104 total on Monday en route to winning the 27-hole York County Amateur Golf Association Junior Championship by five shots. Geiman will be a senior for the Irish in the fall and is the defending York-Adams League champion.
Minkin: In Monday's YCAGA Junior Championship, Gus Minkin finished second to Geiman. Minkin, who will be a junior this fall at Central York, is quite the player in his own right. He beat Geiman 2&1 on Sunday in a 36-hole match-play final to win the men's title at Out Door Country Club — a club that features quite a few outstanding adult men's players. That came on the heels of his victory in the YCJGA George Barton Match Play Championship last week at Grandview.
Davis: Andrew Davis showed his potential when he recently fired a sizzling 7-under 65 to win a YCJGA regular-season event at Regents' Glen Country Club. Davis finished second to Minkin in the final YCJGA Cup Boys' 15-18 Blue Division standings. He'll be a junior at Eastern York this fall.
Other boys: The number of fine 21-and-under boys' golfers in York County doesn't stop there, either. Andy Stewart, Byron Markle, Axel Hartman, Michael Gruver, Brandon Greenplate, Kevin Crumbling, Dylan Reichard and John Bagnall each finished in the top 10 of the YCJGA Cup boys' standings and each is capable of shooting in the 70s, or lower. Then there's Kennard-Dale graduate Alex Hofstrand, the YCJGA Player of the Year in 2012, who also qualified for the Pennsylvania Open.
Girls: On the girls' side, Julianne Lee finished first in the YCJGA Cup standings and won the Barton Match Play crown. And she will only be a freshman at Central York come September. Lee also qualified and competed in the U.S. Women's Public Links Championship, one of the top amateur tournaments in the nation. Despite her young age, Lee consistently shot in the 70s at YCJGA events this season. In the Barton Match Play final, Lee beat Victoria Ross, 4&3. Ross is a also standout player, having won the last two York-Adams League championships. She'll be a senior at Spring Grove in the fall.
All in all, it's quite a roll call of young talent. It will be fascinating to see where their golf careers take them. But right now, York-area sports fans should simply sit back and enjoy this golden age of youth golf.
You may never see its like again.
Steve Heiser is sports editor of The York Dispatch. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.