Senior Clint Lowe turned in his best showing of the season for the UVa-Wise Cavaliers in the team’s first season of NCAA Division II play.
Lowe led the Cavs to a third place team finish and a second place individually during the April 7-8 tournament held at Cattails at Meadowview in the Mountain East Conference Tournament hosted by the Cavs.
“It was good; it was a little disappointing that I didn’t win my last conference tournament,” Lowe said. “I was proud of the way I played, if only I could have gotten a couple more putts to fall.”
Lowe turned in a 69 on his scorecard on the first day of the tournament, placing him in third place with two under par. Jess Ferrell of Fairmont State University and Evan Muscari of Concord University led the field after day one with a five under par 66.
Senior David Harvey shot a 74 on day one as he was tied for eighth place. At the end of the first day, the Cavs were in third place with a team score of 298, leading Concord by two strokes.
On day two of the tournament, Lowe was ready to make a push for the lead. Lowe finished with a 71 and a two-day total of 140 to finish second in the tournament.
Ferrell finished with a two-day total of 136 to take home the individual title. Lowe finished four strokes behind Ferrell, the MEC Player of the Year.
The Cavs were paced by freshman Nick England who finished tied for 17th, and Tyler Robinette who finished in 19th place. Harvey finished tied for 20th place.
, who won a tournament as freshman, was pleased with his finish as he prepares for the upcoming U.S. Open Qualifier.
“I know I am playing good enough to compete and have a chance to make it through that qualifier,” Lowe said. “If I can get some putts to drop because I am hitting the ball good. I’ve [seen] what it takes to play in the qualifier.”
The Cavs finished in third place with a total team score of 602 which was one stroke behind second place finisher in West Liberty. Charleston took the team title with a score of 587.
The tournament was held in Kingsport, which is practically the hometown backyard of Gate City, Va., native Lowe. He easily held an advantage over the rest of the field.
I grew up playing there during the summers when I was little,” Lowe said. “They would let me walk for $10 or $12, so I would have someone drop me off.”
Lowe and the Cavs will be back in action this weekend as they travel to Morgantown, W.Va., to participate in the Fairmont State University Tournament on Sunday with the tournament concluding on Tuesday.