Lowery signs Martin golf grant
Considered one of the best all-around athletes in recent memory at Cornersville High School, senior Tate Lowery will get a chance to compete in the sport that he is most passionate about at the collegiate level after signing a letter of intent to play golf at Martin Methodist College on Wednesday afternoon.
Although he is more noted for his exploits on the basketball court and the baseball diamond, Lowery's primary focus the last few years was to earn a college scholarship in golf.
"Golf is actually my favorite sport by far. I'm very excited. This was my main goal that I wanted to accomplish," said Lowery. "I'm going to practice more than I ever have now."
A four-year starter on the Bulldogs' golf team, Lowery advanced to the Region 6-A-AA tournament as a sophomore before leading Cornersville in scoring average the next two years. Lowery showed noticeable improvement in his game after competing on the Tennessee Golf Association Junior Tour this past summer and finished the 2014 campaign with a 39 scoring average over nine holes.
"Tate's dedication and work ethic has improved Cornersville golf and has helped improve Cornersville's athletic program overall. It's good to see him rewarded with a golf scholarship. I'm just so proud of him," said CHS golf coach Joy McMasters. "He leads by example and is a sincere person that wants to get better every day."
Now that he is able to fully dedicate himself to golf, Martin Methodist coach Matt Rackley believes Lowery has a potentially high ceiling on the links.
"I like athletes that play more than one sport. They're well rounded and are better conditioned. He'll be a tremendous asset to our team. The more golf you play the better you're going to be at it," said Rackley.
Lowery has also been a standout on Cornersville's basketball and baseball teams during his time at CHS. After breaking into the starting lineup late in the 2010-11 campaign as an eighth grader, Lowery earned All-District honors twice in basketball and finished his Bulldog career with 1,110 points.
On the baseball diamond, Lowery has started at shortstop for Cornersville the last three years while also seeing time on the pitching mound. During his sophomore year, Lowery earned All-District honors and helped the Bulldogs reach the Class A State Tournament for the first time in the history of their program.
Following a solid junior campaign that saw Cornersville advance to the Region tournament for the second straight year, Lowery is enjoying a stellar senior season and currently owns a team best .460 batting average. Lowery leads CHS in runs scored (18) as well and is third on the team in RBI (18) while committing only two errors in the field.
"He's one of the best male athletes that I've seen at Cornersville. He's excelled at all three sports and played them at a high level," said McMasters.
Lowery is also a strong student and boasts a stellar 3.89 GPA while being a member of the Cornersville Beta Club and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.