Lowe hoping to be best man in Coventry



Aspiring PGA Professional Michael Lowe is aiming to be the best man for the second time in a week when he plays in the Powerade PGA Assistants' Championship.

Lowe, of Leatherhead Golf Club, has qualified for the £32,500 final, supported by FootJoy, which will be held on August 7-9 at Coventry Golf Club.

He will be looking to build on his performance at last year’s event which was hosted at East Sussex National, where he tied for eighth spot.

But just days before he travels to Coventry, Lowe will have an important family role to play.

“The only thing I have to think about in terms of the preparation is my brother Tim’s wedding a couple of days beforehand,” he said.

“But there’s really not much I can do about that - especially as I’m the best man!”

Lowe says he was disappointed with his performances last year, despite his appearance in the PGA Assistants’ Championship final, but he has been enjoying a much more fruitful 2013 to date.

“I wasn’t playing that well at all last year, I had no wins whereas this year I’ve won seven events already,” he added.

“I suppose the eighth place in the Powerade was probably one of my best performances of the season - but I didn’t even play well in that, I had a bad final round.

“I probably wasn’t playing as much as I wanted to last year anyway.

“This year, though, I’m feeling better and when I look at some of the favourites for the event, I’d like to think I could compete with them.”

Lowe, who only just qualified for the final at Laleham Golf Club in May, also feels he can gain some pre-tournament advantage at the Midlands venue.

He said: “I’ve played Coventry before as an amateur - I don’t know if that’ll give me any help, but not many people seem to have played there before so I hope so.

“I’m in my second year as a PGA assistant - and to be honest I wish I’d done this when I was younger.

“When you start out, you just want to get on the Tour events, but this is providing me with a bit more security now.”

The PGA training programme, which was founded more than 50 years ago, concentrates on all aspects of golf including business, equipment technology and repairs, rules and tournament organisation, sports science, sports psychology and playing.

Once qualified, PGA Members also undergo a process of continual professional development to keep them up to speed with all the latest developments in the sport.

Other players from the south taking part at Coventry include Robert Gowers (South Winchester); Adam Wooton (Oxford Golf Centre); Glyn Bateman (Eastbourne Golf Park); Brittanny Burton (Prince's); and Jordan Godwin (Rochester & Cobham)

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