Lowe swings for golf’s triple crown

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BY SEAN BRAY Sports Edi­tor Six­teen-year-old Ben Lowe is hav­ing quite the sum­mer on the golf course. Al­ready with ti­tles from both the Glen­garry Open and the Alexan­dria Open un­der his belt, the Alexan­dria teen is now the club cham­pion at the Glen­garry Golf and Coun­try Club.

The two-day com­pe­ti­tion opened on a hot, sunny Aug. 20, with Lowe tak­ing a three-shot lead into the club­house, ahead of Jean The­o­ret (78), Nick Quen­neville (79), and Jac­ques Cho­lette (81) in the ‘A’ flight.

De­spite hav­ing the edge, the teen golfer de­scribed

The MacCul­loch boys, Keil­ian and Aaron, have left the county to con­tinue their stud­ies and play soc­cer fur­ther afield.

Older brother Keilan re­turned to Pa­cific Univer­sity in Ore­gon for his sec­ond year, while Aaron is at­tend­ing St. Lawrence Col­lege in Kingston, where he hopes to play for the Vik­ings.

his first day as “just bru­tal,” not­ing he fin­ished three over par.

The weather turned on Sun­day’s play, serv­ing up rain show­ers – heavy at times.

The group got through nine holes be­fore call­ing it quits.

Lowe said he thought he played bet­ter on the sec­ond day, re­gard­less of the weather.

With 27 holes in the books, he had a 113 score and the vic­tory by seven shots over The­o­ret. Quen­neville fin­ished at 125, fol­lowed by Cho­lette at 126.

When asked which hole on the course of­fered him the great­est chal­lenge, Lowe pointed to num­ber 15, which he de­scribed as “al­ways tough since it’s a 460 [yard] par 4.”

On day one, play on the hole was into the wind, while on Sun­day it was just “su­per wet.”

The place­ment of the pin at the back of the green meant the hole played even longer.

Lowe says that head­ing into this sea­son, he re­ally was hop­ing to claim the club cham­pi­onship, set­ting that as his goal. The wins in the other two open tour­na­ments were bonuses, he adds. 36 holes with a 161 score, best­ing John MacSweyn who shot 172.

‘ C’ flight: With a 127 ( 27 holes), Dale Mac­Don­ald took this group, edg­ing out Moe Belle­feuille (129).

‘D’ flight: Paul Owen topped this divi­sion, win­ning by six strokes over Al MacMil­lan and Don Dash­ney.

‘E’ flight: Jim Lariv­iere was first in this flight, pre­vail­ing over Al Ler­man.

Senior divi­sion: The se­niors group win­ner was John MacLeod, who won by 10 strokes over Ray Banis­ter.

Ladies divi­sion: He­lene Brossoit was tops amongst the women in low gross score (172), while Jes­sica Du­per­ron was first in low net (140).

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