Lowery places 4th at TGA tour event
Junior competition helps game
Cornersville High School senior Tate Lowery wrapped up a successful season on the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour when he finished in fourth place in his final tournament of the summer at Henry Horton State Park on Tuesday morning.
Lowery actually held a one stroke lead going into Tuesday after shooting a 77 in the first round on Monday, but had to settle for fourth place in the two-day event when he carded an 83 in the second round to finish with a total score of 160.
"I thought about having the lead too much instead of just playing. I was thinking about my score instead of golf," said Lowery.
James Reynolds placed first in the event and shot a second round 76 to finish with a score of 154 overall. Erik Hamm took home second place and was just one stroke off the pace with a 155, while Brant Martin placed third with a 157.
Thanks to Tuesday's result, Lowery completed a remarkably consistent season on the TGA Junior Tour that saw him finish in the top four in eight of the nine tournaments that he entered this summer, which included a first place finish at Lawrenceburg Country Club and a pair of third place finishes at Saddle Creek Golf Course and Greymere Country Club.
"I wish I would have played in this earlier in my career because it's really helped my game. Last year at this time I was shooting in the mid 40s (over nine holes), but now I'm shooting around par or the high 30s," said Lowery
Along with being a standout on the basketball and baseball squads at Cornersville, Lowery was the number one player on the Bulldogs' golf team last season and helped lead CHS to a 7-5 record a year ago.
Although he was unable to advance past the District 11-A-AA tournament last year after qualifying for the Region tourney as a sophomore, Lowery believes the time he spent on the TGA Junior Tour will better prepare him for the playoffs this season.
"It gave me more experience so when tournament time comes around it should help me play better when there's pressure on me," said Lowery. "I played on a lot of different courses this summer so it helped me get acquainted with some of the courses that we're going to be playing on this season."
Given the work that he's put in this summer, expect Lowery to have a successful senior campaign on the links this season.