Athlete of the Week: State champion

Mitch Lowney fulfilled his dream and became the individual state champion in the MHSAA Boys Golf Division 4 State Finals, June 7-8.
The recent Clarkston Everest Collegiate graduate finished with a total score of 147, as he hit 73 on the first day and 74 on the second day, at the Meadows at Grand Valley State University.
Lowney shared his goals with The Clarkston News early in the spring season.

Mitch Lowney finishes as state champion for boys golf. Photo provided

“This year for golf, I want to get the individual state title as well as the team state title. It’s a goal of ours but first it’s winning the catholic league and regionals,” he said.
Lowney was also regional champion finishing in first place with a 72 during the MHSAA Boys Golf Division 4 Region 23 tournament at the Fountains. The Mountaineers finished as champions with a score of 314.
His success with the Mountaineers goes all the way to his freshman and sophomore years when the golf team was back-to-back state champions. During his sophomore year he was individual runner up.
“Winning the first one was crazy because it was our first school state title. I feel like it brought Everest sports to what it can be in the future,” he said.
Last year Lowney finished in fifth place in the top ten individuals and Everest finished in second place.
Lowney and his sisters, Grace and Serra, graduated from Everest Collegiate in May, marking the end of a 14-year journey with Everest.
Mitch heads to Trine University to play golf and will study golf management.
“What stuck with me was head coach Bill SanGiacomo,” he said. “He’s been there for over 45 years so he knows what he’s doing.”
Mitch added it’s a great group of guys on the team. What really helped him decide was the program they have for golf management because it’s what he wants to do.
“First, I want to see if I can go pro,” he said about his goals. “Then, if that doesn’t work out I will have internships available to me to be a club professional and teach kids about the game because it’s something I like doing.” ~WARP

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