Local amateur golfer Logan Lowe has had an exceptional summer on the links and didn’t slow down in the month of July, tallying a championship and other top finishes.
Lowe recently shined in the two-day Les Schwab Chico Junior Classic held at Bidwell Golf Course and Butte Creek Country Club.
“The shot I’ll remember the most was our 16th hole of the day on hole number seven, a (280-yard) par 4,” said Lowe. “They moved the tee box up to make it a drivable hole, and I hit a three wood on to the center of the green and two-putted to take a two-shot lead with two to play. That was a real big turning point. I had started the day five shots back.”
On Sunday, Lowe played at Bidwell, where he had an up-and-down round carding a pair of eagles and four birdies but ended up posting a 75.
Monday, at Butte Creek Country Club, he posted a two-under par 70 for a two day total of 145. After a three-man two-hole playoff, Lowe became the Les Schwab 2013 Chico Junior Classic Champion.
“When I’m playing I just focus on my process,” Lowe said. “It’s most important to stay in my routine.”
This is a special tournament for Lowe as he has won his age flight three times previously. It is even more special because Lowe’s great-grandfather, Tike Decious, was one of the original founders of Butte Creek Country Club, Hole No. 16 is actually named after him, “Tikes Tunnel.”
“That was the only fairway I hit all day,” added Lowe. “I played great out of the rough. It’s definitely special to me, though. There aren’t many tournaments with a family connection.”
The soon-to-be junior at Nevada Union also had the unique opportunity to be an onsite alternate for the USGA Junior Amateur at Martis Camp in Truckee a week earlier.
Lowe posted scores of 69 and 71 for a 140 total in the 36-hole qualifier held at the Stanford University Golf Course and tied for 4th place, but he lost in a three-man playoff for the final slot.
Earlier in the month, Lowe played in The First Tee of the Greater Sacramento tournament held July 15 at Del Paso Country Club in Sacramento. The Del Paso Country Club will host the USGA Men’s Senior Open in 2015. Lowe had a great round, posting a 67 winning first place in his age flight and forcing a four-hole playoff for the overall championship.
Lowe followed that up July 17 at Cherry Island Golf Course, where he played in The Sacramento County Junior Championship. In this two-day event, Lowe posted another round of 67 and then struggled a bit with a 75. Lowe still managed to finish in second place.
“It was a great tournament overall,” Lowe said. “I let it slip away a little. It was a very good, competitive field.”
Next up for the talented golfer is the Sacramento City Junior Championship, a two-round tournament that begins today at Hagan Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento. He also has a couple of American Junior Golf Association events remaining this summer.
“I have two AJGA tournaments left,” explained Lowe. “Most people look at ( AJGA events) as the pinnacle. They’re nationally recognized and ranked tournaments. One is at Mira Vista Country Club (El Cerrito). The other is at Centennial (Golf Club) in Medford, Oregon.”
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