Matt Lowe of Farmingdale, who made a national name for himself in golf at 13 when he was the youngest in the country to try to qualify for the 2009 U.S. Open, made history on Tuesday. He shot a course record 61 at Century Country Club in Purchase and won the prestigious Ike Championship by five strokes.
The 61 also was a single-round record for the Ike, which has been conducted by the Metropolitan Golf Association for the past 62 years.
Lowe, who plays out of Colonial Springs, was tied for first after the first round on Monday but fell back with a 4-over-par 75 in the second round Tuesday morning. That left him six strokes behind entering the final round on Tuesday afternoon. That is when he fired the round of his life, 10-under par, marking an 11-shot turnaround against the field and winning the MGA’s top amateur stroke play title.
The next lowest score in the afternoon session was 68, by runnerup Thomas Lamorte of Haworth Country Club and Christopher Gotterup of Rumson Country Club, who tied for eighth. Only four of the 40 golfers shot in the 60s in that session, testifying to the quality of Lowe’s feat.
Last month, the Farmingdale High School graduate helped the University of Richmond to its first Atlantic 10 golf title and participated in the NCAA Championship tournament. Between the conference and national college tournaments, he advanced through the first round of qualifying for the U.S. Open.