Michael goes Lowe



Michael Lowe (Leatherhead), now a five time winner in 2013, followed his morning 65 with a final 67 to finish four-under-par at Lindfield GC for victory in The Golf College Challenge.

Lowe’s solid performance in the second Nikon PGA South A&T Order of Merit event earned him a cheque for £550, a Nikon COOLSHOT laser range finder courtesy of the OOM sponsor, and the lead in the Nikon PGA South Assistants & Trainees Order of Merit.

Lowe finished three strokes in front of the leading pack, comprising Paul Nessling (Cooden Beach) and The Golf College students Zac Morgan and Dom Chincharo on one-under-par. His morning round got away to a flying start by birdying three of the first four holes, but a chip out sideways on the sixth followed by a three putt on the seventh left Lowe needing more birdies.

He duly birdied the ninth to out in two-under, and although he dropped shot at the 12th, two more birdies on the back nine secured a three-under-par 65 and pole position going into the final round.

Starting on the 10th in the afternoon, Lowe reached the turn in level par and then birdied the third and the fifth. Three-putting the last hole didn’t do any damage, as Lowe was already clear of the other contenders. However Nessling’s double bogey on the 14th in the afternoon left him sharing second spot instead of having it to himself.

Commenting on his victory, Lowe said “I played well enough, but my putting’s not quite on target. There were some putts I left well short and three-putted, but the pace was tricky.”

He continued “The course was in good shape but it was easy to get out of position. It’s always nice to win and I want to try and do well in the remaining Order of Merit events - but I’ll have to sort out the putting first!”

Head PGA Professional of The Golf College and Lindfield GC Paul Lyons was delighted with the way things are going for his enterprise, “I’m very pleased that two of our students managed to tie for second place, as Michael’s a very strong golfer. The PGA tournament is a big part of our year and the students always look forward to it, as it’s their first chance to mix it with the big boys.” 

Lyons continued “I’d very much like to thank all the PGA Professionals that made the effort to come here and take part. The Golf College is doing very well now, and I’m delighted that we’re nearly full in terms of recruits for our next year starting this September.”

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