Often when something bad occurs, we don’t take the time to realize the good that may have come out of it. We’re too shrouded in our negative thinking to see beyond the tormenting situation, but often in hindsight, we see that it happened for a reason. Such is the case in this story:
There were so many things Chris Logan could have done last Fourth of July.
He could have slept in. He could have hung around his apartment and gone out later for a holiday barbecue. One item pretty far down his list that day was to walk around Aronimink Golf Club in 95-degree heat for several hours watching the final round of competition in the AT&T National.
Eventually, his love of the game combined with the lure of tickets, and Logan traveled to the golf course with a friend. But he had his day cut short when a tee shot from Sean O’Hair, one of his favorite players, struck him in the left temple at the 18th hole.
As emergency medical technicians hustled him to a nearby tent to be examined, Logan had no idea this would be the luckiest day of his life.
While checking him out for a concussion, a doctor inquired about a lump just below his throat and urged him to visit his family doctor to get it checked out. The lump turned out to be a malignant tumor on his thyroid. He underwent two surgeries less than six weeks after being struck by the ball.
Almost one year after it happened, Logan, who now is cancer-free, finally got to meet and shake hands Tuesday with O’Hair at Waynesborough Country Club, where O’Hair and fellow Tour player Hunter Mahan were giving a junior golf clinic.
“Sorry,” O’Hair said as the two men shook hands.
“Thank you,” Logan said, almost at the same time.
“We had a little battle on what to say,” said Logan, 25, of West Chester. “He hit me in the head and then helped me out with the cancer diagnosis. So that was pretty funny. He’s a really nice guy, glad to finally meet him.”
The 28-year-old O’Hair, who also lives in West Chester, called the whole episode “something cool to be involved with.
“You feel bad about hitting him, but yet you feel good that he found out about the cancer, found it early, and got it worked on,” he said. “It’s a cool experience.”