Lowrey conquers Nova Scotia

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AMHERST - With steady play and a bit of help from some nicotine Amherst's Cliff Lowrey won the Nova Scotia senior men's golf championship in Shelburne last week.
The 57-year-old competed against a field of 164 golfers from throughout the province and, towards the end, the road to victory got a little bumpy.
"I was up seven with nine holes to go and then I kind of let it get away," Lowrey said. "But I hung in and parred the last five holes."
Did his nerves get to him?
"My mouth was a little dry towards the end there," Lowrey added. "I must have smoked 10 cigarettes in the last three holes."
Lowrey finished the tournament at 12 over, shooting a 76, a 74 and on the last day of the tournament, Thursday, he shot a 78 for a four-stroke victory.
The best score on the last day was a 77.
"The last two days were windy but the last day was really, really windy," Lowrey said.
Because of the wind Lowrey said he didn't hit any drivers but, instead, stuck to his irons.
"I hit a lot of irons off the tees and my putting was really working for me."
Lowrey won the Truro Invitational last year and calls last weeks seniors win, "the icing on the cake."
Lowrey's next step is to travel to Sault St. Marie to participate in the Canadian Senior Championship taking place Sept. 7-12.
He'll be traveling with Graham MacIntyre, Tom Banks and Bob O'Leary, all men he's known for the last 10 to 35 years.
The first two days of the tournament will be an inter-provincial team match with scores going toward individual standings.
"You'll have two tournaments going on at the same time," Lowrey said. "So you'll think you'll need a birdie for your team but you might not need it to make the cut.
"The thing to do is to play your own game and play your best and your score will show it."
Lowrey first picked up the clubs when he was five years old and played junior from the age of eight to 18.
He said he quit in 1970 and played again from 1981 to 1984. He didn't pick up the clubs again until 1998 and has been playing ever since.
"When you play every day for 15 years you can get bored with the game," Lowrey said. "I just wanted to try something else."
Lowrey played senior soccer on the provincial team and played softball.
He said he is really looking forward to the Canadian senior championship.
"It's an honour to play for Nova Scotia and to represent the Amherst Golf Club in a national event. I hope we do good as a team and as individuals."
Lowrey's favourite golfer is Tiger Woods: "Woods is the best I've ever seen. He's head and shoulders above the rest."
Course he dreams of playing: "Augusta. Everybody dreams of playing there. You could die and go to heaven if you played Augusta."

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Tom Banks, Amherst Golf Club

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, AMHERST, Shelburne Sault St. Marie

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